A healthy 34 year old Australian male with no complaints is seen for a routine checkup. He is active in various sports including mountain biking and surfing. Examination of his left ear reveals this image.
The patient has exostosis of his ear canal. Exostosis is an abnormal growth of bone, in this case in the ear canal. It is not an infection. It’s often associated with frequent exposure to cold water and is commonly found in surfers. In severe cases, exostosis can obscure the ear canal. If severe enough, surgical excision is required.
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