TONSILLAR growths, particularly those of congenital origin, form a highly controversial problem. It is the consensus among investigators that congenital tumors are very rare and, as a search of the literature reveals, are omitted from many comprehensive works on pathology.
Many congenital tumors once described as growths have later been interpreted as hyperplasia of normal tissue. A few cases of teratomas and dermoid cysts have been described but not sufficiently analyzed from the histological point of view. Blair,1 however, points to the possibility that congenital tumors are of fairly frequent occurrence but, being easily detached, are often lost without detection.
Meyer2 and Grunwald2a have demonstrated in chicken and human embryos the relationship between the formation of the notochord and the tissues of the primitive pharynx. Since the faucial tonsil results from an infiltration of lymphocytes into the dorsolateral wall of the second pharyngeal pouch, the invasion of
LEWIS GK, GOTTSTEIN WK, COSTANZO VA. CONGENITAL NEUROGENIC MALFORMATION OF THE FAUCIAL TONSIL. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1951;54(2):172–176. doi:10.1001/archotol.1951.03750080060007
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