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October 1967

Tuberculosis of the Middle Ear

Author Affiliations

Lakeland, Fla
From the Department of Otolaryngology, Watson Clinic, Lakeland, Fla.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;86(4):407-411. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760050409010

TUBERCULOUS otitis media is a rare entity today, but pulmonary tuberculosis, though diminished in mortality, is a prevalent disease. While no longer among the leading causes of death in the United States, tuberculosis is still one of the most frequent causes of death between the ages of 15 and 45 and is probably the principle cause of death in the world.1 The possibility of associated ear involvement should be considered. This report reviews the particulars of a case diagnosed in 1964 and traces its course to May 1966.

Report of a Case  On Sept 29, 1964, a 22-year-old, white female nurse was seen with persistent otorrhea of the left ear of one year's duration (aggravated by water skiing). She had been treated elsewhere for repeated bouts of external otitis of the left ear with systemic penicillin and antibiotic ear drops.The patient's right ear canal and drum were normal.

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