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February 1943

MALIGNANT TUMORS OF THE MIDDLE EAR AND THE MASTOID PROCESS

Author Affiliations

ROCHESTER, MINN.
From the Section on Laryngology, Oral and Plastic Surgery (Dr. Figi) and the Section on Otolaryngology and Rhinology (Dr. Hempstead) of the Mayo Clinic.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1943;37(2):149-168. doi:10.1001/archotol.1943.00670030158001
Abstract

Any malignant neoplastic process involving the middle ear and the mastoid process has generally been considered almost a pathologic curiosity. Moreover, the condition has been almost universally supposed to respond unfavorably to therapeutic measures. Actually, it occurs less rarely than the medical literature would lead one to believe, and if it is recognized reasonably early and is dealt with adequately, the prognosis is as satisfactory as that generally offered by cancers of the nasal accessory sinuses.

LITERATURE  The literature on malignant tumors of the middle ear and the mastoid process is not extensive. The largest series of cases reported (13) is that of Thorell,1 presented with a consideration of the treatment of this condition at Radiumhemmet. Outstanding articles on this subject in the American literature have been written by Furstenberg,2 Schall3 and Spencer.4 In addition, reports of cases have been presented by Robinson,5 Bowman,6 Smith,7 Newhart,8 Stokes,9 Fraser10 and others.

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