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June 1955


Author Affiliations

From the Otolaryngology Service, Department of Surgery, Letterman Army Hospital, San Francisco.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;61(6):658-660. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.00720020676011

OF THE benign tumors of the trachea, one of the most rarely diagnosed is osteoma. The presence of the condition may never be detected, because only in the rather far advanced cases are any symptoms initiated. Usually the presenting complaint is brought about by mechanical obstruction of the airway. Most of the 90 cases reviewed by Dalgaard1 were seen during autopsy as incidental findings, having produced no perceptible changes in the trachea to cause symptoms. The patient in the case reported had only minimal complaints, which included dryness and a tickling sensation in the throat.

The condition was first presented by Wilks2 in 1857, when he discovered the growths in the trachea and bronchi of a 38-year-old man who died of pulmonary tuberculosis. Chiori* in 1878 described the tumor in a pathological specimen obtained by Rokitansky in 1855.

In Dalgaard's collection of cases, an analysis of the sex

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