Salivary gland neoplasms as a late consequence of head and neck irradiation

A. B. Schneider, M. J. Favus, M. E. Stachura, M. J. Arnold, L. A. Frohman

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An increased occurrence of salivary tumors was observed in 1922 patients who received radiation to the tonsils and nasopharynx. Twenty seven tumors, 19 benign and 8 malignant, were found in this group as compared with an expected 0.2 malignant < 1 benign tumor. The latent period between the initial radiation treatment and diagnosis ranged from 7 to 32 yr. After the first 15 yr the incidence (77 cases/105 subjects/yr) has remained constant and shows no indication of declining. Continued observation for salivary gland tumors is therefore indicated for subjects who received childhood irradiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-164
Number of pages5
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1977


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