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January 1956


Author Affiliations

San Juan, Puerto Rico
From the Department of Pathology and Otorhinolaryngology of the University of Puerto Rico Medical School and the Isaac González Martínez Oncologic Hospital.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1956;63(1):93-95. doi:10.1001/archotol.1956.03830070095012

TUMORS of the pharynx are more frequently malignant than benign. Neurilemmomas are relatively uncommon. Not a single case of primary pharyngeal neurilemmoma was encountered among 63 benign tumors of the pharynx and tonsil collected by New and Childrey1 at the Mayo Clinic over a 13-year period. None has been found by one of us (R. A. M.-R.) among 70,000 surgical specimens examined at the Department of Pathology of the University of Puerto Rico Medical School, and the tumor in the present case is the first of its kind among 11,000 specimens, mostly tumors, removed at the I. Gonzalez Martinez Oncologic Hospital.

The first relatively large group of cases was that of Koop, Jordan, and Horn2 in 1947. They reported 5 instances of neurilemmoma of the pharynx, bringing to 11 the total number so far recorded. In 1949 Slaughter and de Peyster added four cases. Since then only