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Ear Nose Throat J. 2007 Apr;86(4):218, 220-2.

Embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma of the temporal bone.

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  • ENT Department, Victoria Hospital, Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. drbviswanatha@yahoo.co.in


The most common soft-tissue sarcoma in infants and children is rhabdomyosarcoma. The head and neck is the most common site of involvement; temporal bone involvement has been seen in about 7% of reported cases. Multimodality therapy--surgery, multiagent chemotherapy, and radiotherapy-yields sufficiently good results. The author reports a case of embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma of the temporal bone with cranial nerve palsies and extension into the parapharyngeal space in a 4-year-old boy. Despite surgery and chemotherapy, the patient died of his disease within 3 months of presentation.

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