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A 66-year-old man was referred to our clinic for evaluation of a sensation of excessive wax in his left ear that had worsened over the previous 3 years. He had a history of a left parotid malignancy 20 years earlier that required a parotidectomy and postoperative radiation therapy. Following the irradiation, he felt an altered pattern of wax...
A 13-year-old girl presented with a 2-week history of a low midline neck mass that had caused her intermittent pain and some difficulty breathing. It enlarged on straining. She denied dysphagia, odynophagia, voice changes, weight loss, fever, chills, and cough. She had no significant medical or surgical history.
Cherubism is an autosomal-dominant inherited disease with variable expression. It is characterized by a progressive, painless, and symmetric expansion of the jaws. The disease is caused by a point mutation in the SH3BP2 gene (chromosome 4p16.3), which leads to dysregulation of the Msx-1 gene; this gene is involved in regulating mesenchymal...
Most patients with a lingual thyroid gland are asymptomatic, as it rarely manifests clinically with aerodigestive symptoms, malignancy, or endocrine dysfunction. It is therefore usually diagnosed as an incidental finding, more so now with the increased use of cross-sectional imaging in the head and neck region.