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May 1966

Myoblastoma of the Tongue

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Arch Otolaryngol. 1966;83(5):465-467. doi:10.1001/archotol.1966.00760020467011

THE SYSTEMATIC study of myoblastomas was started by Abrikossoff in 1926. These tumors develop mainly in the muscles of the tongue and bone structures as well as in the chorion of the skin and various mucous membranes. The cases published before 1959 amount to 440, of which 140 refer to the tongue.1

In regard to sex, it appears that there is no major difference between males and females, while in respect to age, myoblastomas have been found in persons ranging from infancy to 70 years, with particularly marked frequency of occurrence in the 40-50 age group.

The etiology of these tumors is still doubtful. Old wounds, various lesions from syphilis, leukoplakia, parasites, etc, have often been held responsible for these growths but apparently without any serious grounds.

The symptoms are almost nonexistent. Benign myoblastomas do not cause physical pain, while any functional disturbances that may be caused by them