An unusual tongue base mass in an infant: Tongue base sialolipoma

Dawn T. Teo, Romaine F. Johnson, John E. McClay

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Sialolipoma is a rare tumor that occurs in the head and neck. We present a case arising from a minor salivary gland in an infant. The 6-month-old infant presented with difficulty swallowing, frequent reflux, and snoring that had been worsening several weeks before presentation. Physical examination showed a large mass arising from the tongue base. The patient was taken to the operating room for transoral removal of a presumed cyst. Histologic examination of the lesion showed a well-circumscribed lesion composed of lobules of mature adipose tissue and nodules of entrapped, non-neoplastic acini and ductules separated by thin, fibrous septae, consistent with a sialolipoma. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a sialolipoma at the tongue base in a child. The patient has had no evidence of recurrence at 1 year of follow-up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E14-E16
JournalEar, nose, & throat journal
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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