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September 1933

FORM AND STRUCTURE OF AN AREA OF OTITIC SCLEROSIS IN THE TEMPORAL BONE OF AN ADULT

Arch Otolaryngol. 1933;18(3):291-297. doi:10.1001/archotol.1933.03580060313003
Abstract

The several histologic features which conjointly characterize otitic sclerosis, or "otosclerosis," are now well recognized, and their occurrence has been described in a recent and detailed résumé of the pertinent otologic literature.1 The association of the following features, which individually are not limited to bone called sclerotic, constitutes a disease which is seemingly peculiar to the osseous labyrinth: The diseased bone stains intensely; it is richly vascularized by relatively large thin-walled vessels lodged in wide and freely communicating spaces; the spaces are enclosed by definite lamellar systems; the diseased area is quite sharply delimited (by the features just mentioned) from the normal bone in which it is embedded; although bearing some resemblance to a neoplastic formation, the mass is but mildly invasive, not necessarily deforming and usually restricted to certain portions of the capsule; it is not accompanied by an inflammatory reaction.

These, as well as other familiar, but

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