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Otitis externa sicca/fibrotising external otitis (FEO) as a complication of Sjögren's syndrome.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical and experimental rheumatology
Publication Date
Volume
18
Issue
6
Pages
746–748
Identifiers
PMID: 11138341
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

Sjögren's syndrome (SS) is a condition characterized by sicca symptoms and by autoimmune features. We describe two SS patients with otitis externa fibroticans/sicca. One of these 2 patients developed a lesion of the tympanic membrane making it necessary to perform a tympantomy and meatoplasty. Our findings suggest firstly that the epithelial cell-mediated secretion of lamellar bodies and the production of the permeability barrier are defective in SS. Secondly, local moisturing and/or topical corticosteroid treatment in SS patients with sicca symptoms in the auditory canal could help to avoid reconstructive surgical treatment.

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