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August 1982

Studies on Melanocytes: VI. Melanocytes in the Middle Ear

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pathology, the Methodist Hospital, Downstate Medical Center, the State University of New York; and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the City University of New York.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1982;108(8):489-490. doi:10.1001/archotol.1982.00790560027007

• Melanocytes are present in the lamina propria of the middle ear mucosa of young children to elderly adults in both whites and blacks. Melanin pigment also is seen in the epithelial cells, so-called melanogenic metaplasia. The melanocytes in the middle ear mucosa are of neural crest origin and their presence explains melanocytic tumors at this anatomic site.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1982;108:489-490)

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