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November 1969

Palatal Stone

Author Affiliations

Columbus, Ohio
From the Department of Otolaryngology, Ohio State University, Columbus.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;90(5):650-651. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770030652024

CASES of stones appearing in the palate are extremely rare, and all reported cases are instances of a rhinolith eroding through the hard palate.1-3 We believe the following to be the first report of a stone appearing in the soft palate.

Report of a Case  A 45-year-old Negro man appeared at the Ohio State University Otolaryngology Clinic with the complaint of pain of one year's duration in the left side of his mouth and pharynx. He stated that the pain had become progressively worse until it became constant. He denied any increase in discomfort associated with meals. There was no history of a foreign body in his nose or mouth, rhinorrhea, or other symptoms of a rhinolith. The patient had been a pack-a-day smoker for the past 25 years.Examination revealed a firm tender mass in the left posterior soft palate. The mucosa overlying this mass was normal, and

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