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Eosinophilic granuloma of the temporal bone- its clinical manifestations and management

Author(s): Kirtane Jyotsna | Kirtane M | Karnik P

Journal: Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
ISSN 0022-3859

Volume: 24;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 50;
Date: 1978;
Original page

Eosinophilic granuloma is a variety of Histiocytosis-X. Its etio-logy is unknown. When it involves the temporal bone it may mimic chronic otitis media, or a mastoid abscess, very often leading to an erroneous diagnosis. Its X-ray appearance and histopathology are characteristic. Infiltration with eosinophils and histiocytes is a constant feature. Very good results are achieved with surgery accompanied by radiotherapy. In this series of 3 patients, one pa-tient presented with facial paralysis and another one with bilateral post-auricular swellings. The first 2 cases were diagnosed only after surgery and histopathological examination of the tissue removed, while the third case was diagnosed pre-operatively on clinical and radiological findings.
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