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July 1962

A Deafmute with Two Congenital Syndromes

Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;76(1):42-46. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740050046008

The occurrence of 2 uncommon conditions in one patient, the Waardenburg syndrome and Sprengel's deformity, prompted me to report this case.

Report of a Case  A tall, obese 11-year-old white boy was first seen at the Memphis Otologic Clinic on Aug. 30, 1961, with the complaint of severe deafness. He was born out of wedlock on July 7, 1950, in Berlin. His father was a British soldier, and his mother was German. At the age of 3 months, he was adopted by an American couple who soon noted that the infant could not raise his left arm above his head. Roentgenograms of the shoulder revealed an abnormality of the left scapula.At 2 years of age he began to say a few words, e.g., mommy, daddy, bye-bye. However, what little speech he did develop was lost after a severe throat and ear infection in the latter part of 1952. In