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January 1967

Fibrous Dysplasia of the Middle Ear: A Case Report

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Presbyterian Medical Center, and College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;85(1):4-7. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760040006003

MONOSTOTIC fibrous dysplasia of the temporal bone is extremely rare. A review of the literature revealed only one case reported by Schlumberger1 in which the mastoid was involved. A slowly increasing swelling was noticed behind the left ear of the patient who also had intermittent pain in the area and frequent discharge from the ear. At operation "the content of the mastoid process was found to be extremely vascular and gritty, with the consistency of hard, dried-out cheese." Nowhere else in the literature was I able to find any mention of fibrous dysplasia of the bones of the middle ear. The following case, therefore, seems to be worth reporting.

Report of a Case  A 40-year-old white man was seen on Feb 1, 1965, with a history of pulsating tinnitus in his left ear of 2½ years' duration. He was seen by several physicians and was treated with vasodilator drugs

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