European Journal of Dermatology


sQUIZ your knowledge! A case of “difficult-to-treat chronic otitis externa” Volume 33, issue 5, September-October 2023


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1 Department of Dermatology, Charles Nicolle Hospital, Tunis, Tunisia
2 Department of Dermatology, MMC Hospital, Medina, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Radiology, MMC Hospital, Medina, Saudi Arabia

A 14-year-old patient was referred to the dermatology department due to a chronic discharge of the right ear canal. She reported a long-standing history of painful swelling of the same ear since the age of two and was diagnosed with “difficult-to-treat” chronic otitis externa. On examination, we found a 4x3-cm firm, non-pulsatile, and immobile subcutaneous preauricular mass of the right ear (figure 1A). The patient reported no auricular trauma and no episodes of bleeding. There was no erythema, scaling, [...]