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April 1933

BILATERAL ATRESIA OF THE EXTERNAL AUDITORY CANAL WITHOUT MALFORMATION OF THE CONCHAREPORT OF A CASE WITH SURGICAL RELIEF

Arch Otolaryngol. 1933;17(4):476-483. doi:10.1001/archotol.1933.03570050466002

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Abstract

Cases of marked reduction in hearing due to malformation of both external auditory canals are comparatively rare. This report gives a brief record of such a case, in which gratifying functional results have followed plastic surgical relief of the deformity.

REPORT OF CASE

J. J., a girl, 14 years of age, was born to American missionaries in Hankow, China, and was referred to me by Dr. H. W. Miller of Shanghai, in June, 1930. Her right auricle showed no evidence of an external auditory canal, the left one having a rudimentary canal (fig. 1). Her hearing was markedly impaired. Two younger sisters (aged 11 and 7 years, respectively) were physically normal and had excellent hearing. No developmental anomalies were known to have occurred among the family antecedents. The patient herself had a well proportioned body showing no other deformities. When presented she weighed 109 pounds (49.4 Kg.) and her height

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