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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2013, Article ID 787824, 4 pages
Case Report

Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Tumor: A Rare Tumor in the Tongue

1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Kozan State Hospital, Adana, Turkey
2Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey
3Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey

Received 22 January 2013; Accepted 20 February 2013

Academic Editors: K. Morshed, G. Paludetti, S. Ulualp, and H.-W. Wang

Copyright © 2013 Nur Yucel Ekici 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.


Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor is composed of myofibroblast and inflammatory cell infiltration of the tissue. Malign transformation and recurrence rate of this tumor is rare and accepted as benign fibroinflammatory disease. The main etiology is unclear, but infection, trauma, and immunologic event are accused. In this study, we presented a 75-year-old man with a mass on his tongue, which was diagnosed as “inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor.” This type of tumor is rarely seen in the tongue and might be difficult to diagnose. Complete mass excision was provided for an adaquete treatment.