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January 11, 1913

OTHYGROMA NEPHRITICUM: A HITHERTO UNDESCRIBED DISEASE OF THE EAR-LOBE

Author Affiliations

New York Consulting Otologist, German Odd Fellows' Orphanage; Adjunct Otolaryngologist, Bronx Hospital; Chief, Nose, Throat and Ear Department, St. Mark's Hospital, Bronx Hospital and the Northwestern Dispensary; Otolaryngologist, H. H. School and Clinic for Atypical Children, Plainfield, N. J.

JAMA. 1913;60(2):123-124. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340020031013
Abstract

While the auricle consists of elastic fibrocartilage covered with perichondrium and skin, the lobule is made up of skin only. The subcutaneous tissue of the lobule, although highly developed, contains within its meshes only a few vessels and nerves and many fat cells. Thus, on account of its poor vitalization, the restorative power of the lobule is rather weak.

Hypertrophy of the lobule may be congenital or acquired. If acquired, it may be caused by certain diseases or brought about artificially. Congenital hypertrophy of the lobule is frequently encountered among the negro races. This portion of the auricle is artificially elongated by some savage tribes; for instance, the Botokudes introduce into the perforated lobule wooden disks of increasing size, until the lobule almost touches the shoulder. In civilized countries too an elongation of the lobule is sometimes produced in women of the poorest and richest classes by wearing large and

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