Squamous cell carcinoma of the temporal bone

Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2015 Apr;48(2):281-92. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2014.12.003.


Temporal bone malignancy presents a significant clinical challenge for the otolaryngologist. This article provides an overview of squamous cell carcinoma of the temporal bone, including clinical presentation, diagnosis, staging, treatment, and prognosis. As demonstrated in this case study, the prognosis for patients with advanced-stage temporal bone malignancy is poor, even with maximal therapy.

Keywords: Cancer; External auditory canal; Squamous cell carcinoma; Surgical management; Temporal bone malignancy; Temporal bone resection.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Bone Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Bone Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / pathology*
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / therapy*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Ear Canal / surgery
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Palliative Care
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Prognosis
  • Temporal Bone / pathology*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed