Temporal bone carcinoma

A case report

Yahya Noorizan, Asma Abdullah

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Abstract

Temporal bone carcinoma may masquerade as an infective process causing late diagnosis. A delay in treatment as a result of missed diagnosis would carry a poor prognosis as the disease progresses to an advanced stage. We present a lady with history of chronic otorrhea, who developed left sided otalgia associated with hearing loss in her sixth decade. She underwent surgery which revealed left mastoiditis and cholesteatoma. After a year, she had a mass in her left ear and pus discharge which was initially treated as an infection. The biopsy of the mass was proven to be squamous cell carcinoma. High index of suspicion is necessary when encountering patients presenting with a mass in the ear canal with prior history of chronic otorrhea or cholesteatoma. Proper tissue biopsy is crucial. Early referral to tertiary centre is required for further management of the patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-164
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume65
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010

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Cholesteatoma
Temporal Bone
Earache
Mastoiditis
Carcinoma
Biopsy
Ear Canal
Suppuration
Delayed Diagnosis
Hearing Loss
Tertiary Care Centers
Ear
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Infection
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Cancer of external auditory canal
  • Mastoiditis
  • Palliative radiotherapy
  • Temporal bone carcinoma
  • Temporal bone resection

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  • Medicine(all)

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Temporal bone carcinoma : A case report. / Noorizan, Yahya; Abdullah, Asma.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 65, No. 2, 06.2010, p. 162-164.

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Noorizan, Yahya ; Abdullah, Asma. / Temporal bone carcinoma : A case report. In: Medical Journal of Malaysia. 2010 ; Vol. 65, No. 2. pp. 162-164.
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