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June 1956


AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1956;63(6):609-610. doi:10.1001/archotol.1956.03830120069011

LYMPHOSARCOMA of the tonsil is one of the most radiosensitive of all malignant growths. The five-year survival rate is about 25%. Stout1 reports two patients who survived more than 10 years. One was well for 13 years and 11 months; the other died at the end of 13 years and 8 months, but not from recurrence.

The following is the report of a patient with lymphosarcoma of the tonsil who has survived almost 40 years.

A married woman, aged 44, was examined late in December, 1919. For one month she had complained of sore throat and a hacking cough. The picture was that of a peritonsillar abscess of the left tonsil. Just one year before, 1918, a patient was seen with what appeared to be a peritonsillar abscess, which was incised. The condition, however, proved to be a fulminating lymphosarcoma of the tonsil, and the patient died a year