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Tophaceous Gout of the Middle Ear: Case Reports and Review of the Literature.

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Tophaceous gout of the middle ear is a rare occurrence that presents as a granular white-colored mass. It is frequently misdiagnosed as cholesteatoma or tympanosclerosis in patients who otherwise may not manifest any clinical or biochemical signs of gout. While uncommon, it can lead to clinically significant disease such as conductive hearing loss. The present report describes 2 cases of middle ear gouty tophi initially mistaken for another entity. Both patients underwent surgery, and the diagnosis of gout was revealed after final histopathological analysis. A review of the literature is also presented.

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