Cholesteatoma-like accumulations in the external auditory meatus are not common. Scientific articles on this subject occasionally have appeared in medical literature. Different authors have referred to this condition as "molluscous tumors,"1,2 "sebaceous tumors,"3 "keratosis obturans,"4,5 "pearl tumors,"6 "epidermis plugs,"7 "cholesteatoma,"7,8 "cholesteatoma-like accumulations,"9 "myringitis desquamativa,"10 and "otitis desquamativa externa."10
The relative paucity of articles on this subject, published in English, appears to warrant the addition of the following case.
Report of Case
A 23-year-old Negro soldier was admitted to Tokyo U. S. Army Hospital, April 12, 1957, because of earache and purulent drainage from the left ear.History disclosed that approximately eight years prior to admission he had had a full sensation and deafness in the left ear and that he had had intermittent earache for a period of about two years. Following this the only symptom he had, relative to the
BYRON G. McKIBBEN. Cholesteatoma-like Accumulations in the External Auditory MeatusReport of One Case. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;67(5):626–628. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730010640024