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Extrapulmonary small cell carcinoma metastasis to the external auditory canal with facial nerve paralysis. Am J Otolaryngol 2011 Jul-Aug;32(4):343-5



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OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to present a case of small cell carcinoma arising from the tonsil with metastasis to the external auditory canal (EAC) and associated facial nerve paralysis.

METHODS: This study includes a case report and review of the literature.

CONCLUSIONS: Extrapulmonary small cell carcinoma from the head and neck is rarely described and carries a poor prognosis. It often presents with widely metastatic disease. To our knowledge, this is the first case report describing extrapulmonary small cell carcinoma from the tonsil with metastatic disease to the EAC. Irregular lesions in the EAC must be considered suspicious for metastasis in a patient with a history of cancer.

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Rudman KL, King E, Poetker DM


David M. Poetker MD Chief, Professor in the Otolaryngology department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Carcinoma, Small Cell
Diagnosis, Differential
Ear Canal
Ear Neoplasms
Facial Paralysis
Fatal Outcome
Follow-Up Studies
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Middle Aged
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
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