Ossifying fibroma of the head and neck: involvement of the temporal bone- and unusual and challenging site

Laryngoscope. 1981 May;91(5):720-5. doi: 10.1288/00005537-198105000-00004.


Ossifying fibroma of the head and neck is most commonly described in the mandible and maxilla. A few isolated reports in the literature exhibit the rare existence of this lesion in the nasal bones, orbit, ethmoid sinus, sphenoid sinus, occiput, and in only two well-documented cases, the temporal bone. We present the case of an extensive ossifying fibroma of the temporal bone that presented as a suspected case of hyperostosis of the external auditory canal and conductive hearing loss, without any cosmetic deformity. A review of the recent literature concerning the sites, radiologic presentation, difficulty of pathologic differentiation, and modality of therapy is discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ear Canal / diagnostic imaging
  • Ear, Middle / diagnostic imaging
  • Female
  • Fibroma / diagnostic imaging*
  • Fibroma / surgery
  • Humans
  • Osteoma / diagnostic imaging*
  • Osteoma / surgery
  • Skull Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Skull Neoplasms / surgery
  • Temporal Bone*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed