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Article
September 1969

Sarcoid of the External Ear

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;90(3):293-295. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770030295008
Abstract

SARCOIDOSIS has been described as virtually affecting every organ in the body. In otolaryngology, one may encounter lesions affecting the nose, palatine tonsils, larynx, trachea, bronchi, nasopharynx, facial bones, and paranasal accessory sinuses.1,2 The ear is a rather uncommon site, although damage to the acoustic nerve with sensorineural deafness is known.3 Despite the fact that skin lesions are noted in about one-half the cases of sarcoidosis,4 cutaneous sarcoidosis of the external ear is rarely reported. It is the purpose of this paper to collect these reported cases and present an additional observed patient.

Historically, it is of interest that Besnier,5 in his paper of 1889, described sarcoid lesions of both the ears and nose. He was struck by the similarity of the lesions to lupus, citing the reddish-purple nodular tumors. It is, indeed, in the European literature that lesions of the external ear have been

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