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Clinical Note
October 2004

Odontoma of the Middle EarCase Report With 25-Year Follow-up

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Copyright 2004 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2004

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2004;130(10):1223-1227. doi:10.1001/archotol.130.10.1223

We report the 25-year follow-up on the first reported case of odontoma in the middle ear. Diagnosis of odontoma had been made on the basis of radiography films that showed a middle ear mass with multiple toothlike areas of radiopacity. No clinical intervention was recommended. At 25-year follow-up, audiometry showed progressive mixed hearing loss on the affected side and mild ipsilateral sensorineural hearing loss. Computed tomography better characterized the discrete mass, which was shaped similar to a dental crown. To avoid jeopardizing cochlear and facial nerve function, no surgical intervention was pursued, and we recommended use of a BiCROS (bilateral contralateral routing of signal) hearing aid.