Adenoid cystic carcinoma of external auditory canal: A rare disease

Abdul Basit Vardag, Muhammad Hassan Danish, Muhammad Sohail Awan, Muhammad Usman Tariq, Omaima Anis Bhatti, Muhammad Hammad

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External auditory canal, like other epithelialized surfaces is predisposed to malignancies such as Squamous cell carcinomas (SCC), melanomas and adenocarcinomas. In this background, malignancies like adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) are a rare occurrence and need to be thoroughly evaluated both locally and for distant extension. The malignancy needs to be addressed with an aggressive approach surgically with adequate marginal clearance. The role of radiation is debatable considering the outcomes in the limited data. Here we present the case of a 35-year-old female who came in with otalgia and otorrhea associated with a mass in the external auditory canal. After biopsy and imaging, a diagnosis of adenoid cystic carcinoma was made and the patient was managed accordingly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1893-1896
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Adenoid cystic carcinoma
  • External auditory canal
  • Neck dissection


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