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November 1975

Primary Adenocarcinoma of the Middle Ear

Author Affiliations

From the departments of otolaryngology (Drs Stone and Bell) and pathology (Dr Lipa), University of Toronto and Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1975;101(11):702-705. doi:10.1001/archotol.1975.00780400060017

• Primary adenocarcinoma of the middle ear is rare. It may or may not be associated with chronic suppurative otitis media. After the exclusion of a primary site elsewhere, the tumor should be managed by surgery and postoperative radiotherapy, especially if tumor excision is incomplete.

We report a case in which primary papillary adenocarcinoma developed in the middle ear, possibly due to aberrant ceruminous gland elements. The findings prior to histologic examination were unusual in that they were consistent with a tumor of the glomus tympanicum or glomus jugulare.

(Arch Otolaryngol 101:702-705, 1975)