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September 1959

Bilateral Eosinophilic Granulomas of the Mastoid Processes: Report of a Case in a Two-Year-Old Boy, with Review

Author Affiliations

Providence, R. I.
From the Departments of Otorhinolaryngology, Pathology, and Radiology, of the Roger Williams General Hospital and Charles V. Chapin Hospital.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1959;70(3):292-296. doi:10.1001/archotol.1959.00730040300002

In 1952, Harris and Spencer1 reported a case of a 3-year-old girl who suffered from eosinophilic granulomas of both mastoids, and they stated that, until then, only three instances of bilateral xanthomatous lesions of the mastoids had been described since the original description, by Schüller, of the complex known as Hand-Schüller-Christian syndrome.2-4

Therefore, in view of the extreme rarity of this distribution of lesions, which are in themselves sufficiently rare, we feel that it is worth while to report the following case.

Report of Case  A 2-year-old white boy was admitted to the Charles V. Chapin Hospital on June 28, 1957, complaining of a painful swelling behind his left ear of two days' duration.Since his fourth month the child had had frequent upper respiratory infections, and eight weeks prior to his admission he complained of fever and left-sided earache, which was treated by his family doctor. The