The true mucous adenoma in the nasal fossa, while not a rare tumor, is a relatively uncommon one. References to it in the American literature are scarce and somewhat sketchy; hence, it is felt that the report of this case is of some value to those pursuing the study of this entity along further lines.
The exact classification and behavior of this tumor seems fraught with confusion, apparently because of its being mistaken for other tumefactions containing mucous glands which occur in the nose and paranasal sinuses. Most authors1,2,4,7 classify it as a benign neoplasm on the basis of its histological behavior but malignant on the basis of its clinical behavior. Natanson6 classifies the adenoma into two categories, the benign, or true, adenoma, and the malignant, or destructive, adenoma. The first class he describes as being small, encapsulated, and arising most commonly on the tuberculum septi but seen
WILLIAMS RI, SMITH GL. Mucous Adenoma of the Nasal Fossa: Report of a Case. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;67(5):536–539. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730010550005
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