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December 1956

The Nasopharyngeal Fibroma and Its Treatment

Author Affiliations

México, D. F., Mexico

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1956;64(6):451-455. doi:10.1001/archotol.1956.03830180001001

Fibroma of the nasopharynx, known also as basal fibroma or fibroangioma of the nasopharynx, develops principally in young patients. For this reason, it is also called juvenile fibroma.

It has been known since ancient times. Its removal was practiced by Hippocrates, and the work of the ancients in this matter was praised by Celsus in his De Arte Medica (On the Art of Medicine) written in the era of Augustus. Between 1517 and 1718, the disease was described by Paré, d'Acquapendente, Hilden, and Dionis, and in the 19th century by Joselin, Verneuil, Spillmann, Tillaux, and Nelaton. During the present century various authors have presented papers on this subject.

Nasopharyngeal fibroma is prevalent in the Americas and especially in Mexico, where it is well known. It has been treated surgically since the end of the last century. It is sufficient to say that in the General Hospital of the City of

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