Primary undifferentiated carcinoma of the temporal bone: A new entity?

W. Z A Rusydi, Bee See Goh

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Undifferentiated carcinoma of the temporal bone is an extremely rare disease, and has always been associated with metastatic disease from other sites. We report a case of a 70-year-old gentleman presenting initially with facial nerve palsy and features of chronic otitis media with cholesteatoma. He underwent mastoidectomy and was diagnosed with undifferentiated carcinoma of the temporal bone by the histopathological examination of the biopsies from mastoid and middle ear. A thorough assessment for possible primary lesion including blind biopsy of the nasopharynx was negative. He refused further surgery despite residual tumour in middle ear, and was treated with radical radiotherapy alone and responded well with no recurrence, clinically and radiologically after 5 years of follow-up. Primary undifferentiated carcinoma of the temporal bone is a possible new entity and may carry good prognosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-89
Number of pages4
JournalRawal Medical Journal
Volume38
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

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Temporal Bone
Middle Ear
Carcinoma
Biopsy
Cholesteatoma
Mastoid
Nasopharynx
Facial Paralysis
Facial Nerve
Residual Neoplasm
Otitis Media
Rare Diseases
Radiotherapy
Recurrence

Keywords

  • Facial nerve
  • Radiotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Temporal bone
  • Undifferentiated carcinoma

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  • Medicine(all)
  • Nursing(all)

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Primary undifferentiated carcinoma of the temporal bone : A new entity? / Rusydi, W. Z A; Goh, Bee See.

In: Rawal Medical Journal, Vol. 38, No. 1, 01.2013, p. 86-89.

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