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Characteristics of osteoma of the temporal bone in young adolescents

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February 1, 2011
by Borlingegowda Viswanatha, MS, DLO


The author conducted a retrospective review of the clinical presentation, management, and complications of temporal bone osteoma in young adolescents. The study population was made up of 9 patients-5 girls and 4 boys, aged 12 to 15 years at presentation (mean: 13.7)-who had been seen for radiologically and histopathologically proven temporal bone osteoma at the author's institution over a 9-year period. Of this group, 5 patients had extracanalicular osteoma (3 in the mastoid portion of the temporal bone, 1 in the squamous portion, and 1 in the mastoid antrum) and 4 patients had osteoma of the external auditory canal. Six of the 9 patients underwent surgical treatment; of the remainder, 1 refused surgery and 2 were managed conservatively with ongoing observation. All patients were followed for a minimum of 1 year, and no recurrences and no complications were observed during that time.

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