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Irresectable tumours of the temporal bone

  • R. E. Quiney (a1) and L. M. Flood (a1)


Sporadic case reports and the few published series of expanding lesions of the deep petrous temporal bone propose a variety of surgical approaches to ensure excision. All such surgery represents a compromise between exposure adequate for total removal and avoidance of further neurological deficit. Unfortunately pathology in the petrous apex evolves relatively silently and diagnosis is delayed. In many cases total excision is impossible. We present a series of patients presenting with advanced tumours of the deep petrous temporal bone in order to illustrate the spectrum of disease encountered, the limited role of surgery and the natural history of irresectable pathology in this remote and inaccessible area.


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L. M. Flood, F.R.C.S., Consultant ENT Surgeon, North Riding Infirmary, Middlesbrough.


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