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Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 1990 Sep;99(9 Pt 1):714-21.

Staging proposal for external auditory meatus carcinoma based on preoperative clinical examination and computed tomography findings.

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Department of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pennsylvania.


An accepted staging system for squamous cell carcinoma of the external auditory meatus is currently lacking and would permit accurate comparison of treatment strategies and results for patients with this unusual neoplasm. In order to develop such a staging system we reviewed the prognostic variables and the accuracy of radiographic diagnosis in 39 patients undergoing temporal bone resection for squamous carcinoma of the external auditory meatus. Predictors of poor survival were extensive tumor involvement, facial nerve paralysis, middle ear involvement, and cervical or periparotid lymphadenopathy. In a comparison of 12 specific anatomic sites, computed tomography was found to be an accurate indicator of histopathologically proven tumor invasion. On the basis of this clinical radiographic-histopathologic analysis, we propose a TNM staging system for external auditory meatus carcinoma utilizing preoperative computed tomography and physical examination. This system fulfills the requirements of the American Joint Committee on Cancer that a staging system should provide a sound basis for therapeutic planning for cancer patients by describing the survival and resultant treatment of different patient groups in comparable form.

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