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May 1968

Heterotopic Brain Tissue of the Palate: A Report of Two Cases

Author Affiliations

Irvington, NJ; Schenectady, NY
From St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;87(5):522-526. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00760060524016

OCCURRENCE of extracranial brain tissue is rare. Of the recorded cases in the literature,1-3 most have been located in and around the nose and have been referred to as nasal glioma. The purpose of this paper is to present two cases where masses of heterotopic brain tissue were found in the soft palate, and to review the related literature.

Report of Cases  Case 1.—An 11-week-old white boy was admitted to St. Barnabas Medical Center on Sept 13, 1961, with a history of difficulty in swallowing and episodes of respiratory distress. At birth he had been found to have a partial cleft palate and subsequently was discovered to have a mass in the left side of the soft palate, adjacent to the lateral pharyngeal wall. Results of physical examination were within normal limits except for the above described findings in the palate. The mass had a lobulated mottled appearance, was

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