Giant cell tumor of the temporal bone--a case report

BMC Ear Nose Throat Disord. 2005 Sep 15;5:8. doi: 10.1186/1472-6815-5-8.


Background: Giant cell tumor is a benign but locally aggressive bone neoplasm which uncommonly involves the skull. The petrous portion of the temporal bone forms a rare location for this tumor.

Case presentation: The authors report a case of a large giant cell tumor involving the petrous and squamous portions of the temporal bone in a 26 year old male patient. He presented with right side severe hearing loss and facial paresis. Radical excision of the tumor was achieved but facial palsy could not be avoided.

Conclusion: Radical excision of skull base giant cell tumor may be hazardous but if achieved is the optimal treatment and may be curative.