External Auditory Canal Paraganglioma with Chronic Otitis Media of Ear: A Rare Coexistence

  • Pradeep PradhanEmail author
  • Swagatika Samal
  • C. Preetam
  • Pradipta Parida
Clinical Report


Paraganglioma is a rare benign tumour accounts for 0.6% of the all the malignancies affecting the head neck region. They originate from the paraganglionic cells from neuroendocrine tissues from skull base to the pelvic floor. Very rarely, temporal bone gets involved by the disease and it is the middle ear and mastoid complex which gets affected by the disease. Isolated involvement of the external auditory canal without the involvement of the tympanomastoid region is very unusual and only 5 cases have been reported in the literature till date. Again, coexisting middle ear disease with the canal paraganglioma is very rare and always being a challenge for the diagnosis due to its atypical presentation and its histopathogical features. Here, we present an atypical case of an external auditory canal paraganglioma, masquerading as complicated chronic otitis media.


EAC paraganglioma Chronic otitis media Coexisting disease 



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There is no conflict of interest among the authors.

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Written informed consent has been taken from each patient prior to the surgery and same has been informed to the institute reviewer board. No part of the body has been demonstrated in the case report without the permission of the concerned patient.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ENT and Head Neck SurgeryAll India Institute of Medical SciencesBhubaneswarIndia
  2. 2.Department of Pathology and Laboratory MedicineAll India Institute of Medical SciencesBhubaneswarIndia

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