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J Laryngol Otol. 1999 Jun;113(6):555-7.

An unusual case of Pneumocystis carinii presenting as an aural mass.

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, St Mary's Hospital, London, UK.


Extrapulmonary involvement of organs with the protozoan Pneumocystis carinii is rare. We describe a case of Pneumocystis carinii presenting as an erosive aural mass in a young male patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. As far as the authors are aware such an example has never been described in a British journal and is the first case worldwide where otic pneumocystosis has extended into the middle cranial fossa. We also present a review of the literature on otological manifestations of Pneumocystis carinii.

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