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July 1969

Carcinoid of the Larynx

Author Affiliations

Gainesville, Fla
From the Division of Otolaryngology, the University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Fla.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;90(1):64-67. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770030066013

CARCINOID tumors are primarily thought of as tumors of the appendix and small intestine, but they have been shown to arise from almost any tissue derived from the primitive gut, including its respiratory diverticulum, and in teratomas of the ovary.1-5 Bronchial adenomas of the carcinoid type have been frequently reported.4 To the best of our knowledge there has not been a case of carcinoid tumor of the larynx previously reported. The cell of origin is thought to be the enterochromaffin or Kulchitsky cell normally found singly throughout the gastrointestinal tract.3

Carcinoid tumors are potentially malignant neoplasms; the course of the disease may, however, be quite long even after the development of distant metastases. Carcinoid tumors of nonappendiceal sites are known to be more malignant and metastasize more freely than those of appendiceal origin.6 The treatment of choice is wide surgical resection of the primary and as

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