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October 1972

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1721 Pine St, Philadelphia 19103; The Methodist Hospital, Houston 77025

Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;96(4):384-387. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770090560018

PATHOLOGIC QUIZ CASE 1  Denis J. Byrne, BA (Hons), Adelaide, South AustraliaA 36-year-old man claimed deafness in the left ear which he attributed to an accident. His audiogram (Fig 1) showed normal air conduction thresholds for the right ear but no recordable hearing for air conduction in the left ear and no bone conduction in either ear. The test was repeated after reinstructing the man and checking that the audiometer was functioning correctly. Masking was not used at any time during the tests. What conclusions can be drawn from these results and, in particular, from the fact that there was no recordable bone conduction in the right ear despite normal air conduction thresholds?

PATHOLOGIC QUIZ CASE 2  Robert E. Fechner, MD, HoustonA 29-year-old man had noticed a lump in front of his ear about nine months before admission. He thought that it might have enlarged slightly. He denied