The Journal of International
Advanced Otology
Case Report

Ceruminous Adenocarcinoma of External Auditory Canal: A Case Report


Department of Otorhinolaryngology, İstanbul Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey


Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Kırklareli Babaeski State Hospital, Kırklareli, Turkey


Department of Pathology, İstanbul Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey

J Int Adv Otol 2016; 12: 341-344
DOI: 10.5152/iao.2016.1249
Read: 1943 Downloads: 881 Published: 03 September 2019


The external auditory canal contains ceruminous glands, which are modified apocrine sweat glands, along with sebaceous glands. Tumors that originate from ceruminous glands are very rare; thus, the classification, clinical behavior, and management of these tumors remain debatable. Here we present a case of ceruminous adenocarcinoma arising from the external auditory canal. Although most authors advise more aggressive therapy, our patient was treated with local en bloc resection of the tumor followed by intensity modulated radiotherapy and had no recurrence for 3 years. We suggest that limited surgery with safe margins followed by radiotherapy is an alternative choice of treatment in selected patients with ceruminous adenocarcinoma. Further reports are required to support this outcome.

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