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Ganglioneuromatous hamartoma of the tongue
  1. F Ide,
  2. K Obara,
  3. K Mishima,
  4. I Saito
  1. Department of Pathology, Tsurumi University School of Dental Medicine, 2-1-3 Tsurumi, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama 230-8501, Japan
  1. Correspondence to:
 F Ide
 ide-f{at}tsurumi-u.ac.jp

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Ganglioneuroma is a rare tumour of autonomic ganglia arising in the sympathetic chain or the parasympathetic nervous system.1 So far, no authentic solitary lesion has been recorded in the tongue.

A 30-year-old man presented with an asymptomatic submucosal mass in the right lateral border of the tongue, measuring 1.3 cm in diameter (fig 1A). The lesion was present since birth and had not changed in size recently. Neither the patient nor his family members had any relevant systemic disease. No recurrence has been noted 5 years after simple excision. Histologically, the tumour was composed of an encapsulated proliferation of myxoid neurofibromatous tissue. Mature ganglion cells varying in size, …

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