TUMORS of the middle ear are relatively uncommon. Schall1 reported that the incidence of cancer of the middle ear is 1 in 6,000 cases of disease of the ear. Ahlbom2 analyzed 432 cases of mucous and salivary gland tumors and stated that the incidence of aural tumor was 1 in 215 cases. Salivary gland tumors are no more than 1 to 2 per cent of all tumors. The relative infrequency of aural cancer of this type plus the finding of histologically proved Paget's disease of the skull warrants recording.
Grabscheid3 in 1943 reviewed some of the literature pertinent to neoplasms of the middle ear. Hemangioendothelioma, grade 2 and 3 squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma account for nearly all the types found. At the same time Grabscheid reported a case of adenocarcinoma of the middle ear which resembled the case which is reported here. The tumor which he
NOVAK FJ. SALIVARY GLAND TUMOR OF THE MIDDLE EAR AND PAGET'S DISEASE (OSTEITIS DEFORMANS) OF THE SKULL. Arch Otolaryngol. 1947;45(4):477–482. doi:10.1001/archotol.1947.00690010489010