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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2011, Article ID 183182, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/183182
Case Report

Primary Lymphangioma of the Tonsil: A Case Report

ENT Department, Tzaneio General Hospital of Pireaus, Afentouli 1 and Zanni, 18536 Piraeus, Greece

Received 14 March 2011; Accepted 14 April 2011

Academic Editor: Robert S. Dawe

Copyright © 2011 Dimitrios G. Balatsouras et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Benign tumors of the tonsils occur infrequently. Lymphangiomas are rare congenital tumors of the lymphatic system, and tonsillar lymphangioma is an extremely rare occurrence. Its pathogenesis is uncertain, but history, clinical examination, and histological examination should establish the diagnosis. We present a 17-year-old white male with lymphangioma of the right tonsil. The tonsils were excised and biopsy confirmed the diagnosis. Tonsillar lymphangioma is a rare clinical entity, which should be known to the otolaryngologist, in order to diagnose and treat it appropriately and avoid confusion with tonsillar malignancies.