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April 1929

TUBERCULOSIS OF THE MIDDLE EAR

Author Affiliations

GLEN COVE, N. Y; NEW YORK

Arch Otolaryngol. 1929;9(4):414-421. doi:10.1001/archotol.1929.00620030436006
Abstract

Tuberculosis of the middle ear was known and described as a definite clinical entity before the discovery of the tubercle bacillus by Koch in 1882. There are articles on this disease by Wilde1 (1853), Schwartze2 (1878), Toynbee and others.

Aural tuberculosis was not sufficiently recognized in the past, owing partly to the belief that it was a rare disease and partly to the difficulties involved in making a positive diagnosis with the older laboratory methods.

In a former communication,3 we reported the results of an investigation of a series of children examined at the Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital and the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. The aural discharge from these patients with chronic purulent otitis media was cultivated for tubercle bacilli, regardless of the clinical picture presented. As a routine, cultures were taken from the ears of all children with a chronic discharge when they

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