Spontaneous encephalocele of the middle ear

Arch Otolaryngol. 1984 Mar;110(3):206-7. doi: 10.1001/archotol.1984.00800290070016.


Mature glial tissue was seen in the middle ear of a patient with no previous pathologic precedents, and a clinical diagnosis of serous otitis media was made. That anomaly was detected, and its corresponding clinical, roentgenographic, and pathologic findings are described. The results led us to diagnose it as a congenital (spontaneous) encephalocele of the middle ear. To our knowledge, other case of pure congenital encephalocele of the middle ear has been reported.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Ear Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Ear, Middle / diagnostic imaging*
  • Encephalocele / diagnostic imaging*
  • Female
  • Glioma / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed