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August 1938


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery of the New York Hospital and Cornell Medical College.

Arch Surg. 1938;37(2):316-326. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1938.01200020144011

Of the developmental anomalies of the thyroid gland, lingual thyroid is the most unusual and the most interesting. It has rarely been the privilege of one person to observe more than a few cases in a lifetime. Clute1 mentioned but 2 cases in a series of over 8,500 cases of thyroid disease. There was incentive, therefore, for reviewing the subject after I encountered the following remarkable case:

REPORT OF CASE  A 39 year old spinster was admitted to the surgical ward on March 30, 1936, because of a tumor at the base of the tongue. Her family history and past history were not remarkable. She had always had good health until at the age of 37 menorrhagia from uterine myomas developed. Hysterectomy and unilateral oophorectomy had been performed in June 1935.She consulted her physician in December 1934 about menorrhagia, and routine physical examination revealed a tumor at the

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