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J Laryngol Otol. 1995 Mar;109(3):180-8.

'Ceruminoma'--a defunct diagnosis.

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.


The clinical and pathological features of glandular tumours of the external auditory meatus are presented. Their heterogenous clinical and pathological features make the collective term 'ceruminoma' ambiguous and misleading. The spectrum of pathological behaviour and histological features demonstrated by these interesting tumours necessitate a broader classification system. In our hospital 32 patients presented with tumours of the external auditory meatus over a 30-year period, of which seven were glandular in origin. A review of the histology of these glandular tumours enabled us to reclassify them as adenoma, cylindroma, adenoid cystic carcinoma or ceruminous adenocarcinoma. Together with the less common mucoepidermoid carcinoma and pleomorphic adenoma this subdivision forms a basis for a more meaningful classification system with prognostic and therapeutic implications specific to each tumour type. The term 'ceruminoma' should no longer be used unqualified.

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