IN 1929, Warthin1 reported two cases of papillary cystadenoma lymphomatosum, a tumor which now bears his name; his was the first description in the American literature. Since his report, a number of papers on this subject have appeared within the past 20 years. The literature consists mainly of statistical studies, microscopic descriptions, suppositions as to origin, and case reports.
Warthin's tumor is most popularly considered to be a neoplastic proliferation2 of parotid ducts. It is theorized3 that the tumor arises from the ductile system but there is much that is not understood as to the origin of the tumor.
This tumor comprises 5% to 24% of all parotid tumors in the studies of Cass and Whelan,4 Beck and Maguda,2 and McQuarrie and Winter.5 Our series at Bataan Methodist Memorial Hospital in Albuquerque, NM, since 1952 revealed an incidence of six cases out of 37,
Fischer AJ. Papillary Cystadenoma Lymphomatosum (Warthin's Tumor): Report of a Case. Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;90(5):600–602. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770030602013
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