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August 9, 1884


JAMA. 1884;III(6):159. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390550019005

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—Gumma of the auricle is certainly not often met with, in the absence of other syphilitic symptoms existing at the same time. Yet there is no reason, in the nature of things, why the ear as well as any other region of the body should not be so affected. One such case having occurred in the practice of Dr. Hessler, of Halle, is summarized in the Annales des Maladies de l'Oreille, du Larynx, etc., July, 1884.

The affection began as a swelling in the concave part of the auricle of right ear. It grew very large, the swelling extending to the posterior part of the ear and the mastoid region, obliterating even the angle at the back of the ear. It was of a red color at first, and then became livid. It was so painful that sleeping on that side was impossible. It is said to have suppurated for

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