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While I hesitate to report on a clinical entity commonly encountered by otolaryngologists, I feel that since I learned something from these cases, they are worth at least a passing comment.
REPORT OF CASES
Case 1.—A 28 year old white woman complained of pain in the right ear and in the postauricular region. The bony portion of the canal of the right ear was uniformly beefy red; the drum, while slightly red, was thought to be normal, as was borne out by further clinical tests. The patient was given local treatment, such as the application of packs wet with cresatin-Sulzberger (metacresylacetate) and the exposure of the affected regions to heat. There was immediate improvement, but after several treatments the original condition recurred. After about six weeks of painstaking treatment, including the administration of a Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus albus vaccine, the condition was about the same. The patient suggested
ALEXANDER JE. OTITIS EXTERNA DIFFUSA ASSOCIATED WITH SECONDARY ANEMIA. Arch Otolaryngol. 1940;31(6):974–975. doi:10.1001/archotol.1940.00660010989010
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