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Article
September 1960

A Case of Neurofibromatosis Presenting as an Acute Surgical Emergency

Author Affiliations

Chicago
From the Section of Otolaryngology of the University of Chicago.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1960;72(3):369-375. doi:10.1001/archotol.1960.00740010377017
Abstract

The patient, a 28-year-old Negro housewife, was brought to the emergency room of the University of Chicago Clinics complaining of a rapidly enlarging painless swelling in the left side of her neck and of difficulty in breathing. Nine hours earlier she had suddenly experienced a feeling of "pins and needles" over a small area in the same region of her neck; she had rubbed this area with her finger, and at once a small swelling had started to expand under her finger and continued to grow in size rapidly.

She denied any recent injury and any previous similar trouble, but recalled that in 1949 she had Fig. 1.—Verocay bodies and vascular channels in the subcutaneous areas of the birth mark on the left neck. H and E; reduced about 11% from mag. X 185. had "some glands" removed from her neck at another Chicago hospital; she could provide no more

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