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July 1967

Ceruminous Gland Tumors

Author Affiliations

Ann Arbor, Mich
From the Department of Pathology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;86(1):66-69. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760050068014

THE LINING of the external acoustic meatus is lined with skin that is continuous with the auricle. The part of this skin covering the cartilaginous portion of the meatus (8 mm long) contains hair follicles, sebacous glands, and modified sweat glands or ceruminous glands. In the longer bony portion, the aforementioned skin structures are absent.

Arising from the narrow confines of the cartilaginous portion and corresponding histologically to the ceruminous glands, a special form of tumor, the "ceruminoma," has been described.

Relatively common in lower animals, especially the dog and the cat, tumors of ceruminal gland origin are rare in man.

This report is a clinicopathological assessment of ceruminomata, based on a review of the literature1-6 and experience with two previously unreported cases of ceruminoma treated at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Report of Cases  Case 1.—A 71-year-old white woman was first seen at the University of Michigan

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