Hemangiopericytoma arising from the cartilage of the external auditory canal

Melina Castiglione, Luciano Nardo, Francesco Ottaviani

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Background Hemangiopericytomas (HPCs) are soft tissue tumors with histological variability and unpredictable clinical and biological behavior. HPCs in the head and neck are uncommon, the growth pattern is nonspecific; thus, diagnosis is often made by exclusion. Methods A 43-year-old man complained of a short history of right ear pain associated with a growing mass in the right external auditory canal. Subsequent hearing loss in the right ear brought the patient to undergo a CT scan and an MRI. The relevant literature was also reviewed. Results The imaging revealed a neoplasm arising from the floor of the right external auditory canal. The neoplasm was removed with the diagnosis of HPC. Conclusion The literature reports few cases of HPC of the external auditory canal. Their rarity in this area leads to difficulties in diagnosis. Morphology is not predictive of their behavior, so close follow-up is mandatory for their correct management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E108-E110
JournalHead and Neck
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2016


  • ear
  • external auditory canal
  • head and neck
  • hemangiopericytoma
  • neoplasm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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