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A case of small squamous cell carcinoma in external auditory canal in old age
J Korean Skull Base Soc 2024;19(1):43-47
Published online May 30, 2024
© 2024 Korean Skull Base Society.

Dahye Moon, Dowoon Han, Beomcho Jun

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Beomcho Jun
Received December 12, 2023; Revised January 10, 2024; Accepted January 10, 2024.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Malignant tumors of the external auditory canal are rare diseases, pathologically, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the most common, and adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC), basal cell carcinoma (BCC), and melanoma are reported. The overall prognosis varies slightly depending on the pathologic tissue type, but it greatly depends on the extent of invasion of the primary lesion before surgery. In order to determine the exact pre-surgical diagnosis and the extent of the tumor, it is necessary to rely on radiological diagnosis rather than evaluating the extent of the lesion only by history taking and physical examination. As a standard for surgical treatment, en bloc resection of tumors with sufficient safety margin of tumor is the principle. Through partial resection of the temporal bone, the function of the cochlear and facial nerves can be preserved along with the complete removal of the tumor, and if the annulus is preserved, it can be restored to hearing. However, insufficient surgery can cause treatment failure and lead to a wider recurrence, making future treatment more difficult. In this case, we would like to discuss the evaluation and surgical treatment methods in patients with small SCC limited to the external auditory canal as an 84-year-old patient.
Keywords : Squamous cell carcinoma, External auditory canal, Surgical treatment, Resection

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