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October 1937


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology of St. Luke's Hospital.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1937;26(4):395-399. doi:10.1001/archotol.1937.00650020437002

The absence in the literature of any mention of the occurrence of a solitary xanthoma of the auditory canal has stimulated me to report the following case and to give a brief summary of the pertinent facts relating to xanthomatosis in general.

REPORT OF A CASE  In January 1937 a white woman aged 43 consulted me because of diminished hearing and tinnitus in the left ear of six weeks' duration, which she attributed to a cold in the head. As the cold shortly cleared up but the symptoms in the ear continued unabated, she became concerned and sought relief. She had never suffered any ailment of the ears previously.On examination, the right tympanic membrane and the external auditory canal were found to be normal, and hearing in the right ear was normal. The left external auditory canal was blocked completely by a painless firm flesh-colored tumor, which was covered

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