Bleeding mass in the ear: A rare etiology

Bassin Thomas John*, Ann Mary Augustine, Anjali Lepcha, John Mathew, Vinu Moses

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We report a case of a 63 years old man who presented with a profusely bleeding mass in the left external auditory canal. He had been diagnosed to have left skull base osteomyelitis and had undergone surgery twice for the same. The mass was diagnosed radiologically to be a pseudoaneurysm arising from the left retroauricular artery. He subsequently underwent embolization of the retroauricular branch of the left external carotid artery following which the mass subsided and bleeding from the ear stopped.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-146
Number of pages3
JournalOtorhinolaryngology Clinics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Ear canal mass
  • Ear mass
  • External ear
  • Malignant otitis externa
  • Pseudoaneurysm
  • Skull base osteomyelitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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