Ossification of the auricles - A forgotten sign of adrenal insufficiency

Chih Yuan Wang, Wen Bin Zhong, Wen Sen Lee, Yuan Feen Tsai, Tien Chun Chang

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Abstract

Auricular ossification is a rare clinical entity. Dystrophic calcification of soft tissue or cartilage is the result of calcium deposition in damaged tissues. The most common causes of this phenomenon are local trauma, frostbite, and boxing. However, the elemental content of ossified auricular cartilage is similar to that of normal bone specimens. Primary adrenal insufficiency (Addison's disease) is the most frequent systemic disorder associated with auricular calcification. Only three cases of auricular calcification have been reported in patients with secondary hypoadrenalism. We report a 43-year-old patient of auricular ossification with hypopituitarism and secondary hypoadrenalism to remind clinicians of this somewhat forgotton sign of adrenal insufficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-58
Number of pages4
JournalTzu Chi Medical Journal
Volume14
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Adrenal Insufficiency
Osteogenesis
Addison Disease
Frostbite
Boxing
Ear Cartilage
Hypopituitarism
Cartilage
Calcium
Bone and Bones
Wounds and Injuries

Keywords

  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Cortisol
  • Hypopituitarism
  • Ossification

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  • Medicine(all)

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Wang, C. Y., Zhong, W. B., Lee, W. S., Tsai, Y. F., & Chang, T. C. (2002). Ossification of the auricles - A forgotten sign of adrenal insufficiency. Tzu Chi Medical Journal, 14(1), 55-58.

Ossification of the auricles - A forgotten sign of adrenal insufficiency. / Wang, Chih Yuan; Zhong, Wen Bin; Lee, Wen Sen; Tsai, Yuan Feen; Chang, Tien Chun.

In: Tzu Chi Medical Journal, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2002, p. 55-58.

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Wang, CY, Zhong, WB, Lee, WS, Tsai, YF & Chang, TC 2002, 'Ossification of the auricles - A forgotten sign of adrenal insufficiency', Tzu Chi Medical Journal, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 55-58.
Wang, Chih Yuan ; Zhong, Wen Bin ; Lee, Wen Sen ; Tsai, Yuan Feen ; Chang, Tien Chun. / Ossification of the auricles - A forgotten sign of adrenal insufficiency. In: Tzu Chi Medical Journal. 2002 ; Vol. 14, No. 1. pp. 55-58.
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