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To the Editor.—I always admire very much Dr. Eugene N. Myers' excellent temporal bone reports, and I particularly enjoyed reading his recent report of "Congenital Deafness, Spiny Hyperkeratosis and Universal Alopecia" which appeared in the Archives. The striking resemblance of cochleosaccular pathology in this case to those of maternal rubella cases was very impressive. Although the authors described the otolithic membrane finding as quite unique in their case, I can recall that we have seen this sort of otolithic membrane or otoconia encapsulation in some of our prenatal rubella collection. The finding was previously reported in the article, "Rubella—La Beta de Noire de la Medecine" by Dr. B. R. Alford, which appeared in the Laryngoscope (78:1623-1659, 1968). There were two figures related to this respect (pp 1633 and 1637), and the statement of otoconia encapsulation appeared on page 1636.
IGARASHI M. RUBELLA. Arch Otolaryngol. 1971;93(1):110. doi:10.1001/archotol.1971.00770060142025