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March 1955

Epidermoid Carcinoma of Jongue and Floor of the Mouth in Infancy and Childhood: Report of a Case and Review of the Literature

Author Affiliations

From the Surgical and Pediatric Services of the Children's Memorial Hospital.; Professor of Oral Surgery, (Dr. Merrifield) and Associate Professor of Oral Surgery (Dr. Dalitsch), Northwestern University Dental School; Associate Attending Physician, Children's Memorial Hospital (Dr. Steiner).

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;89(3):281-288. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.02050110347003

Because the occurrence of epidermoid carcinoma in the floor of the mouth in a young child is unusual, it would seem appropriate to record the history of such a case, with a review of the pertinent literature. It would also seem in order to emphasize that, although this type of cancer and this location are infrequent in infancy and childhood, the condition must be always kept in mind and must be given due consideration in the differential diagnosis of any unusual and atypical lesions, regardless of the age of the patients.

Williams1 stated that the incidence of cancer in childhood is low and that it is rarely seen in general practice. In special cancer hospitals he found only 181 cases. In graphs of the age incidence of his series, the peak occurrence of cancer in the childhood period was at 4 years of age. This was the age of