A difficult case: sarcoidosis of the middle ear

Ozdogan A. , ACIOGLU E. , Karaman E. , Oz B. , Musellim B.

American Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery, vol.30, no.4, pp.281-284, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2008.05.007
  • Title of Journal : American Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery
  • Page Numbers: pp.281-284


Sarcoidosis is a common multisystemic granulomatous disorder affecting several organs and tissues. However, the respiratory tract is the region commonly involved in more than 90% of patients, and the middle ear is a direct extension of it. In spite of this, direct middle ear and/or mastoid involvement of sarcoidosis is more rarely seen. Otological involvement may mimic a number of other diseases of the ear; sarcoidosis will probably not be considered prospectively. In addition, pulmonary symptoms of the patients often go unnoticed for some time. We report a patient presenting with hearing loss and tinnitus as the primary manifestation of sarcoidosis of the ear. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.