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Otophyma: a case report.

J Laryngol Otol. 2007 May 22;:1-3

Authors: Daniels K, Haddow K

Objective: We report a rare case of otophyma.Method: A case report of otophyma and a review of the current literature concerning otophyma and the more common rhinophyma, are presented.Results: A 46-year-old male presented with slow growing fleshy growths on both auricles which were excised. A diagnosis of otophyma was made. Although rosacea is more common, otophyma and other 'phymas' are thought to be the end stage of the rosacea spectrum of skin disease. However, unlike rhinophyma, otophyma is rarely seen and as a result there is little in the English language literature regarding it. Consequently, the management of otophyma is largely based on previous experiences with rhinophyma.Conclusion: To our knowledge this is the first case report of otophyma in the otolaryngology literature and only the second described in the English language literature. This case demonstrates the difficulties faced in diagnosing this rare condition and our successful management of this case.

PMID: 17517166 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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