Title:
Warthin’s tumour and smoking
Authors:
J. A. de Ru *, R. F. Plantinga **, M. H. J. M. Majoor ***, P. P. G. van Benthem ****, P. J. Slootweg *****, P. H. M. Peeters****** and G. J. Hordijk*
Institutions:
*Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University Medical Centre, Utrecht, Netherlands; **ENT resident, Department of Otolaryngology, University Medical Centre St Radboud, PO Box 9101, 6500 HB Nijmegen, Netherlands; ***Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, GelderseVallei Hospital, PO Box 9025, 6710 HN Ede, Netherlands; ****Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Gelre Hospitals, PO Box 9014, 7300 DZ Apeldoorn, Netherlands; *****Department of Pathology, University Medical Centre, Utrecht, Netherlands; ******Julius Centre for Health Sciences and Primary Care – University Medical Centre, Utrecht, Netherlands
Keywords:
Parotid gland; smoking; Warthin’s tumour; aetiology
Pages:
63 - 66
Abstract:
Warthin’s tumour and smoking. Objective: In an evaluation of our patients with parotid gland neoplasms, we noticed that patients with a Warthin’s tumour were heavy smokers. The aim of this study was to confirm earlier findings in the literature concerning a possible association between smoking and the development of a Warthin’s tumour. Methods: A case control study was performed using the clinical records and discharge letters of all consecutive patients with a Warthin’s tumour in the pathology database of our hospital covering the last 15 years. Patients with a pleomor- phic adenoma and a group of patients visiting our audiology department were used as controls. Results: A smoking history was found in 97.5% of the patients with a Warthin’s tumour. Of the patients with a pleo- morphic adenoma, 59% had a smoking history; 56.5% of the audiology group had a smoking history. Mean age at the time of the operation was 60.1 years of age in the Warthin’s tumour group and 48.6 for the pleomorphic adenoma group. Conclusion: The mean age for the development of a Warthin’s tumour is ten years older than for a pleomorphic adeno- ma. Furthermore, the development seems to be closely related to smoking habits.
Issue:
Vol. 1, 2005, 2nd trimester


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