Cranial fasciitis presenting as an external auditory canal mass

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997 Feb;123(2):223-5. doi: 10.1001/archotol.1997.01900020113017.


Cranial fasciitis is a rare benign lesion that develops in childhood. It is considered a subset of nodular fasciitis but occurs selectively in the scalp of children. A review of the world literature revealed only 22 other published cases and no previous reports of a lesion involving the petrous portion of the temporal bone or presenting as a mass in the external auditory canal. We report a rare case of cranial fasciitis in the petrous portion of the temporal bone of a neonate and present a review of the literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biopsy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Ear Canal*
  • Fasciitis / diagnosis*
  • Fasciitis / epidemiology
  • Fasciitis / pathology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Petrous Bone*