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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 28-29

Epidermal cyst of the bony external auditory canal in an adult


Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Kashmir, India

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Irfan Iqbal
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Kashmir
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-7749.98294

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To present a rare case of epidermal cyst of the bony external auditory canal (EAC) in an adult. Epidermal cyst of the bony EAC, although very rare, should be kept in the list of differential diagnosis of a skin-lined mass of the EAC. Epidermal cyst is very rare in the EAC. Only two cases of epidermoid cyst arising from the bony EAC are reported previously in English, but both were in pediatric age group. Epidermal cyst in EAC in adult patients may be confused with masses that are commonly seen, and these include osteomas, exostosis, ear polyps, carcinomas, etc. Epidermal cyst should be included in the differential diagnosis of a patient with an ear mass.


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