Perforating gout of the ear
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5070/D32210032906
Gout is the most common cause of inflammatory arthritis in men over 40 . The prevalence of gout in the US is approximately 3.9%. Tophus is a characteristic sign of gout and results when monosodium urate deposits at the joint, skin, or cartilage. Tophi develop in 12-35% of patients who are diagnosed with gout . We report a case of a 70-year-old man who was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the helix via shave biopsy. During Mohs micrographic surgery, a vigorous foreign-body reaction was noted. Review of the initial biopsy slides identified crystals with pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia (PEH) rendering a diagnosis of gout. This case emphasizes the importance of recognizing causes of PEH and the predilection for tophi to form on the ear.