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Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2005 Mar;114(3):242-6.

Ossicular discontinuity and exostoses in Proteus syndrome: a case report.

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Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA.

Abstract

Proteus syndrome (PS) is a rare hamartomatous disorder characterized by mosaic overgrowth of multiple tissues that manifests early in life and is progressive. The presence of unilateral external auditory canal exostoses in a patient who is not a swimmer or surfer is suggestive of PS. However, hearing loss is not a typical feature. Here, we describe exostoses and ossicular discontinuity with conductive hearing loss in a patient with PS. The treatment consisted of canalplasty and ossicular chain reconstruction. A postoperative reduction was demonstrated in the patient's air-bone gap, from 21 dB to 13 dB for the pure tone average (four frequencies) and from 41 dB to 15 dB in the high-frequency range (6,000 to 8,000 Hz). Causes of ossicular discontinuity are discussed. Routine annual audiometric and otolaryngological evaluation should be considered in all patients with temporal bone involvement of PS.

PMID:
15825577
DOI:
10.1177/000348940511400314
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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