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Rare disease
Cartilaginous choristoma of the tongue with an immunohistochemical study
  1. Gregório Wrublevski Pereira1,
  2. Volnei David Pereira2,
  3. José Antonio de Castro Pereira Junior3,
  4. Rosemeri Maurici da Silva4
  1. 1Medical School at University of Southern Santa Catarina, University of Southern Santa Catarina, Tubarão, Santa Catarina, Brazil
  2. 2Department of Technical Director, DI-PREVER Institute of Pathological Anatomy and Histopathology, Tubarão, Santa Catarina, Brazil
  3. 3Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Charity Hospital Senhor Bom Jesus dos Passos, Laguna, Santa Catarina, Brazil
  4. 4Post-Graduate Program in Health Sciences, University of Southern Santa Catarina, Tubarão, Santa Catarina, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gregório Wrublevski Pereira, gregoriowp{at}


By definition, choristomas are normal tissues found in anomalous topography. The cartilaginous features of these lesions are rare in the soft tissues of the oral cavity. The majority of cartilaginous choristomas of the tongue—the primary site of emergence of the oropharynx—are associated with adipose, fibrous or bone tissues—apart from that, only a few of these were confirmed by an immunohistochemical study. The neoplasm exclusively composed of chondromatous tissue is extremely rare in the tongue. This paper reports the clinical, surgical and pathological characteristics of a cartilaginous choristoma of the tongue diagnosed in a 64-year-old woman.

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