Middle-ear lipoma as a cause of otomastoiditis

Joseph L. Edmonds, Janet M. Woodroof, Gregory A. Ator

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We present a case report which describes a rare cause of a common clinical problem; eustachian tube dysfunction. A seven-year-old child presented with a history of chronic draining ears, despite rigorous medical therapy and multiple ventilation tubes. At myringotomy a mass was noted in the middle ear, and she was taken to the operating room for exploration. The patient was found to have a pedunculated lipoma arising from the anterior medial aspect of the middle-ear cleft producing intermittent obstruction of the eustachian tube orifice. This case represents the fourth case of a middle-ear lipoma in the world literature. We present a review of the literature and an exploration of possible aetiologies of this unusual entity in the differential diagnosis of eustachian tube dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1162-1165
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1997


  • Eustachian tube
  • Lipoma
  • Otitis media
  • Suppurative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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