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


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.

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@article{Teo2015AnUT, title={An unusual tongue base mass in an infant: Tongue base sialolipoma.}, author={Dawn Tju Wei Teo and Romaine F Johnson and John E. McClay}, journal={Ear, nose, & throat journal}, year={2015}, volume={94 12}, pages={E14-6} }