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February 1959

Nasopharyngeal Malignant Tumors in Surabaja and Vicinity (Indonesia): Preliminary Report

Author Affiliations

Surabaja, Indonesia; Buffalo
Department of Pathology, University of Airlangga, Medical School (Dr. Djojopranoto); Chief, Head and Neck A. Service, Roswell Park Memorial Institute (Dr. Marchetta).

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1959;69(2):155-159. doi:10.1001/archotol.1959.00730030161005

The incidence of carcinoma of the nasopharynx is high among Indonesian natives.

The data for this paper were compiled from the histological material in the Department of Pathology, Surabaja Medical School. The material included biopsy and surgical specimens from 160 patients with malignancy of the nasopharynx examined during the years 1952-1955. Some of this material was obtained from patients in hospitals in East Java, the eastern part of Indonesia, but most of it from the Central Hospital in Surabaja.

Of the 107 Indonesian patients with malignancy of the nasopharynx, 75 were men and 32 were women, resulting in a ratio of 2:1.

Teoh1 stated that the incidence of nasopharyngeal carcinoma in men was at least twice as much as in women.

The findings of Mekie4 and Digby3 showed an incidence of 3:1 and 2:1 respectively.

Table 1 lists the relative frequency of malignant tumors affecting various organs

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