Temporal bone fracture

January 21, 2014
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Otoscopic Clinic

Transverse fractures account for approximately 20% of temporal bone fractures. They occur secondary to frontal or occipital head trauma, and they run perpendicular to the petrous pyramid.

A 55-year-old woman presented to us with a history of left-sided hearing loss that had been present since she sustained a skull fracture in a motor vehicle accident 30 years earlier. She had undergone a hearing aid trial but remained dissatisfied. She had not undergone any surgical intervention for her hearing loss. She denied tinnitus, otalgia, otorrhea, vertigo, and imbalance.

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