Adenoid cystic carcinoma of the external auditory canal

D. M. Fliss, M. Kraus, F. Tovi

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    Adenoid cystic carcinoma of the external auditory canal is much less common than squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. Signs and symptoms of the case presented here consisted of a longstanding discharging ear, a progressive hearing loss, and the presence of a circumferential subcutaneous induration in the distal third of the external auditory canal. No dizziness, tinnitus, or facial weakness was present. Computed tomography showed a soft tissue mass in the external auditory canal and middle ear with no lytic areas of the mastoid or the temporal region. A biopsy specimen was interpreted as an adenoid cystic carcinoma. Treatment consisted of radical excision of the external auditory canal via a modified temporal bone resection. This radical approach resulted in the local eradication of the lesion.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)635+638-639+642+645
    JournalEar, Nose and Throat Journal
    Issue number9
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 1990


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