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September 1972


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Department of Radiology Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center New York

Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;96(3):290. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770090412020

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To the Editor.—Paparella and ElFiky, in their paper "Mondini's Deafness," (95:134-140, 1972), state that "the only recent description of complete aplasia (Michel's) occurred as a result of thalidomide poisoning.

In June 1969, I published a study of "Inner Ear Abnormalities in Association With Congenital Atresia of the External Auditory Canal, Including a Case of Michel's Deformity" in the Annals of Otology (vol 78:598).

The case of Michel's deformity I reported was not a case of thalidomide poisoning. The study itself included 24 cases of congenital atresia of the external auditory canal and showed a significant incidence of abnormalities of the inner ear. The case of Michel's deformity was that of a child who had a congenitally atretic external auditory canal on one side. It was, however, the other side which had the Michel deformity of the inner ear. This was a radiographic-tomographic study.

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