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September 1952

CARCINOMA OF THE LARYNX WITH DISTANT LYMPHATIC METASTASES

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1952;56(3):255-261. doi:10.1001/archotol.1952.00710020275004
Abstract

IN A CENTER where a large number of malignant head and neck tumors are seen, the appearance of patients with unusual sites of metastases deserves comment. At the Veterans Hospital, Bronx, New York, approximately 180 head and neck tumors are seen a year. Two patients with laryngeal carcinoma displayed unusual metastatic foci to the axilla and the skin of the chest wall, and constitute the subject of this report.

The literature is conspicuously free of reports of distant spread of laryngeal tumors. In a book published by Willis1 in 1934, in collaboration with Churchill, no mention is made of distant spread of laryngeal tumors. In a more recent publication by Willis2 in 1948, there is again no record of distant metastatic deposits from laryngeal carcinoma. Thomson and Colledge3 in their 1930 text report the case of one patient with a laryngeal cancer that metastasized to the humerus.

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