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Ear Nose Throat J. 2006 Sep;85(9):597-9.

Primary B cell lymphoma of the external auditory canal.

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Department of Surgery/Otolaryngology , New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, Flushing, NY, USA.


Temporal bone lymphomas are rare and typically metastatic neoplasms. We describe a case of primary B cell lymphoma that originated in the external auditory canal of an elderly woman. The diagnosis was based on histopathologic examination supplemented by immunophenotypic analysis. The patient was treated with external-beam radiation and remained disease-free throughout 9 years of follow-up. We also point out that the presence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in an unusual site may be an indication that the patient has an acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.

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