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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 402630, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/402630
Case Report

Hemangioma of the Tympanic Membrane: A Case and a Review of the Literature

1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Ospedale Fornaroli, Via Donatore del Sangue, 20013 Magenta, Italy
2Department of Pathology, Ospedale Fornaroli, Via Donatore del Sangue, 20013 Magenta, Italy

Received 22 September 2012; Accepted 24 October 2012

Academic Editors: A. Harimaya and H. Yamane

Copyright © 2012 Emilio Mevio et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Hemangiomas of the external auditory canal, involving the posterior bony canal and the adjacent tympanic membrane, although rare, are considered a specific disease entity of the human external auditory canal. Hemangiomas of the tympanic membrane and/or external auditory canal are rare entities; there are 16 previous case reports in the literature. It is a benign vascular tumor. It generally occurs in males in the sixth decade of life. Total surgical excision with or without tympanic membrane grafting appears to be effective in the removal of this benign neoplasm. The authors present a case and a review of the literature discussing diagnostic and surgical approaches.