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December 1975

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Author Affiliations

COORDINATOR Baylor College of Medicine and The Methodist Hospital Houston, TX 77025

Arch Otolaryngol. 1975;101(12):764-766. doi:10.1001/archotol.1975.00780410056014

A 54-year-old woman had an asymptomatic ulcer of the soft palate that had been noted by her dentist on routine examination. The patient gave no history of smoking, ingestion of alcohol, or toxic inhalation. She had lived in a rural area her entire life and had had no antecedent infection or symptoms related to her mouth or palate. She was referred to an oral surgeon who performed a biopsy on the tumor. Three weeks after initial identification of the ulcer, she was referred for definitive excision (Fig 1 to 4).

A 57-year-old man had a two-year history of a gradual loss of hearing in the right ear. A one-year history of gradually worsening tinnitus in the right ear prompted him to seek medical aid. He also suffered from intermittent postural dizziness with near-syncope, which he could not differentiate from the seizures he had experienced chronically secondary to alcohol withdrawal.