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May 1969

Teratoma of the Tonsil

Author Affiliations

From the department of pathology and otolaryngology, Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. Dr. Sanchez is currently at 1307 Cardinal St, Steubenville, Ohio 43952.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(5):745-747. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020747012

T ERATOMA of the tonsil is a rare tumor.1 In 1903, Augier and Lavrand2 first reported such a tumor in a 3½-month-old child; and in 1924, Harper3 published the first case in the English language. Since then, a few isolated reports have occurred. A recent case studied at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, and eight cases (Table) collected from the literature will be discussed.

Report of a Case  This was a 2-week-old white boy, the product of a normal pregnancy. Soon after delivery, on routine examination, he was found to have a mass in the left tonsillar fossa, which resulted in eating and breathing difficulties with moderate suprasternal retraction. He was discharged at 5 days of age, but because of persistent respiratory difficulty, he was readmitted. On physical examination, the infant was slightly dehydrated, with prominent chest retractions and moderate respiratory distress. The skin showed evidence of heat

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