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November 1948

TUMORS OF THE NOSE AND THROAT: Review of the Literature

Author Affiliations

From the Section on Laryngology, Oral and Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1948;48(5):622-635. doi:10.1001/archotol.1948.00690040635009

TUMORS OF THE NOSE  GRACE1 reports the case of a Negro who had a malignant melanoma of the nose. Malignant melanoma of the nasal mucous membrane occurs rarely and is unique in that it develops in a site where the tissues normally do not contain pigment. The pathologic and etiologic aspects of the disease are discussed, and the author presents the views of various authors in regard to the nature of the tumor and the site of its occurrence. A discussion of the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis is also included.Lewy2 reports a case in which a Negro had a melanoma which originated on the nasal septum. This was treated with electrocautery.Imler and Underwood3 also reported a similar case. They cited Ringertz,4 who stated in 1938 that about 50 cases of malignant melanoma of the nasal and paranasal regions had been reported. The tumor in the nose often

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