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January 1958

Benign Fibroma of the Tonsil: Report of One Case

Author Affiliations

U. S. Army
From the Otolaryngology Service and Laboratory Service, Tokyo U. S. Army Hospital. Present addresses: William Beaumont Army Hospital, El Paso, Texas (Dr. McKibben); Mayo Clinic (Dr. Bozanic).

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;67(1):83-84. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730010087018

Fibroma of the tonsil is rare. In 1931, New and Childrey1 reported 63 cases of benign tumors of the tonsil and pharynx which were observed at the Mayo Clinic from 1917 to 1930 inclusive. There was no fibroma in their report. In 1933, Hara2 reviewed the literature and listed 26 cases, to which he added one.

The pedunculated fibroma is commoner than the sessile type, and, when well developed, it may easily be thrown forward on the tongue or partly swallowed at will. During sleep it may fall into the larynx and interfere with respiration. There may be cough, salivation, abnormal nasal tone to the voice, mouth breathing, and snoring. In many cases, however, there may be no symptoms, and the tumor is accidentally discovered during routine examination or while the patient is looking into his own throat with a mirror.2

Fibromas may vary greatly in size

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