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May 1969

Myringitis Secondary to a Keratin Horn

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From Veterans Administration Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(5):707-708. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020709007

A 53-YEAR-OLD white man who was seen in the clinic had suffered from pain and discharge in his right ear for two days. He denied previous ear trouble and reported his hearing to be subjectively normal. He had had a recent cold. Other than the abdominal complaints for which he was hospitalized, his general health in the recent past had been good. He denied trauma to, or getting water in, his ears. There was no history of previous external otitis, otitis media, foreign object in the ears, and no dermatological problem.

Examination showed an upper respiratory infection of moderate severity and retraction of both ear drums, but no evidence of fluid in the middle ears. On the right side, the drum was quite reddened and inflamed, especially in the superior portion and along the handle of the malleus. Attached to the superior portion of the external surface of the right

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