- Case report
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Auricular squamous cell carcinoma
© Kloss et al; licensee Springer. 2011
- Received: 23 July 2010
- Accepted: 8 August 2011
- Published: 8 August 2011
Squamous cell carcinoma is a common cancer to the head and neck region that is typically diagnosed when it is 2 cm in size. This case report illustrates a patient who had neglected an auricular carcinoma for over a year. At the time of presentation the entire ear was infected with pseudomonas and yeast and chronic friability and bleeding caused an anemia which required blood transfusion.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma
- White Blood Cell
- Vital Sign
- White Blood Cell Count
A 58-year-old gentleman presented to the ED complaining of a foul-smelling, friable mass close to his right ear. It had been enlarging for the past year, and he denied fevers, night sweats or weight loss. He lives alone, is divorced and works as a farmer.
Clayman et al. found that 87% of squamous cell carcinomas occur in the head and neck region with 18% of those occurring on the auricle. The average size at the time of diagnosis was 2.0 cm with the largest carcinoma measuring 17.0 cm . In another study of patients with squamous cell carcinoma involving the external canal and middle ear, 1% had metastases and 87% had bony erosion at the time of diagnosis .
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