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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 615210, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/615210
Case Report

Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the External Auditory Canal: A Case Report

1Department of Medical Student, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN 37208, USA
2Department of Radiology, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN 37208, USA
3Department of Surgery, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN 37208, USA
4Department of Internal Medicine, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN 37208, USA
5Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN 37232, USA
6Department of Pathology, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN 37208, USA

Received 13 July 2011; Accepted 16 August 2011

Academic Editors: M. Granados-Garcia and A. Taş

Copyright © 2011 Harry Boamah 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

Squamous cell carcinoma of the temporal bone and external auditory canal is a rare tumor with a reported incidence of between 1 to 6 cases per million population per year. Because squamous cell carcinoma of the temporal bone and auditory canal is so rare, developing an adequate tumor staging system and treatment has been difficult. We present a case of squamous cell carcinoma of the external auditory canal in 65-year-old Hispanic female who presented with a 6-month history of right ear pain, 3-month history of serosanguineous right ear drainage, and symptoms of facial paralysis. Due to the extensive spread of her tumor into the middle ear at the time of diagnosis, her tumor was deemed unresectable and she received palliative chemotherapy and radiation therapy and was sent to Alice Hospice and died several weeks later.