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Middle-ear lipoma presenting as airways obstruction:: Case report and review of literature

  • H. R. Stegehuts (a1), A. M. Guy (a2) and K. R. Anderson (a3)


We report a case of a lipoma arising in the middle ear of a 64-year-old woman and extending down the eustachian tube to cause acute airways obstruction. The lipoma arose coinciden-tally after a stapedectomy operation and caused apparent late failure of the operation. A review of the literature revealed no similar cases.


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Dr. Hans R. Stegehuis, C/- ENT Department, Christchurch Hospital, Private Bag, Christchurch, New Zealand.


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