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March 1951


Author Affiliations

From the Ear, Nose and Throat Department of the Rothschild-Hadassah-University Hospital and the Anatomo-Pathological Institute of the Hebrew University.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1951;53(3):299-307. doi:10.1001/archotol.1951.03750030058007

SARCOMA of the larynx is very rare. Ballenger1 stated that many neoplasms of the larynx formerly thought to be sarcoma are considered of epithelial origin at the present, agreeing in this opinion with Ewing.2 This error may be intelligible when one considers Ewing's statement based on Butler's observations that sarcoma arises in much the same situations as the epithelial tumor and that in its early stages sarcoma resembles this tumor. The Jacksons3 also stress that "the cellular structure of the carcinomas closely simulates sarcomatous histology," and Eggston3a writes: "In my experience the histologic diagnosis of sarcoma is not as well defined as in the epithelial tumors, and so there may be some sarcomas that belong to the epithelial group."

The early statistics in the German literature by Sendziak,4 Bergeat,5 Simon6 and Spiess7 showed the rarity of sarcoma of the larynx, and Kahler,