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July 1931

CALCIGEROUS METAPLASIA OF THE AURICULAR CARTILAGE

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SAN DIEGO, CALIF

Arch Otolaryngol. 1931;14(1):70-79. doi:10.1001/archotol.1931.03580020078010
Abstract

In the practice of otolaryngology the rare types of abnormalities naturally arouse unusual interest. Apart from such considerations as the treatment, prognosis or morbidity of a disease, its infrequency enlists the desire to know more about its etiology and concomitant changes in the body, if any, and to summarize the whole knowledge and experience of it to date.

The literature includes reports of few cases of calcigerous metaplasia of the auricular cartilage, although it has been encountered with enough frequency to warrant mention of it in the texts of Dench, Bacon, Politzer, Urbantschitsch and Heinman. The following quotation from Dench1 is the most concise summary of present knowledge of the condition:

Curiously enough, this condition is exceedingly rare, although several instances have been mentioned in otological literature. The causes which may be considered to be active in its production seem to be malnutrition, severe local inflammation, or some profound

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