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July 1950

OSTEOMA OF THE TONGUE

Author Affiliations

PHILADELPHIA
From the Departments of Clinical Pathology, Laryngology and Bronchoesophagology, Jefferson Medical College Hospital.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1950;52(1):19-24. doi:10.1001/archotol.1950.00700030038004
Abstract

TUMORS composed of bone rarely occur in the tongue. This is true whether the osseous tissue develops within a cicatrix, as a part of a mixed tumor or as an osteoma.

A recent case referred to one of us (R. M. L.) by Dr. P. C. Ridgley prompted us to review the literature. In all, we were able to find only twelve tumors of the tongue which contained bone, and just half of these could be considered true osteomas.

REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE  The osteofibroma recorded in 1885 by Zahn1 was probably a mixed tumor of the salivary gland, since it had an adenomatous arrangement, cartilage, hyalin, amyloid tissue and bone.The tumor was discovered during a necropsy on a man about 35 to 40 years of age with alcoholism. It measured 30 mm. in greatest diameter and projected from the posterior part of the right border of the

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