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Osteomas of temporal bone: a rare presentation
  1. Nethra Dinakaran1,
  2. Vivekanandan Balakumar1 and
  3. Prasanna Kumar Saravanam2
  1. 1Otorhinolaryngology, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  2. 2ENT, Head and Neck Surgery, Sri Ramachandra University Medical College, Chennai, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Vivekanandan Balakumar; vicky9287{at}


Osteoma of the temporal bone is an unusual benign slow-growing tumour composed of mature lamellar bone. It is a single pedunculated mass that often occurs unilaterally. Osteomas of external auditory canal are more common than in the other parts of temporal bone. Clinical presentation includes ear pain, hearing loss, tinnitus or vertigo. More often these lesions are an incidental finding during radiographic evaluation. Surgical excision of the osteoma is preferred in cases with impending complications. Here, we report a 36-year-old woman who came with problems of ear discharge, ear pain, hearing loss and occasional bleeding from the ear. She was diagnosed with osteoma of temporal bone with erosion of lateral semicircular canal and facial canal. Osteoma was excised and the defective areas were reconstructed.

  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Neurootology
  • Pathology

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  • Contributors ND have collected data and compiled the article. VB has contributed in editing the article and management of the case. Overall supervision was by PKS.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.