The study of Paget's disease of bone from an otologic point of view is important because of the impairment of hearing which occurs in some instances of this disease and more especially because of the similarity of the histopathologic picture to that of otosclerosis.
Osteitis deformans, or Paget's disease, was first described by Sir James Paget in 1877. By 1906 about seventy cases had been recognized. Since then a large number of cases of this disease have been studied both clinically and pathologically, particularly since the widespread use of roentgen examination in diagnosis.
In some of the patients with early phases of the disease deafness was noted, but the interest of otologists was not aroused until Otto Mayer1 presented his studies pointing out the similarity of the histologic picture of Paget's disease with that of otosclerosis. In 1913 he published a report of a clinical case with results of
LINDSAY JR, PERLMAN HB. PAGET'S DISEASE AND DEAFNESS. Arch Otolaryngol. 1936;23(5):580–587. doi:10.1001/archotol.1936.00640040590006
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