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BMC Ear Nose Throat Disord. 2005 Sep 15;5:8. doi: 10.1186/1472-6815-5-8.

Giant cell tumor of the temporal bone--a case report.

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1
Department of Neurosurgery, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India.
2
Department of Oromaxillofacial surgery, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India.
3
Department of Pathology, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India.
4
Department of Surgical Oncology, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India.
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Contributed equally

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Giant cell tumor is a benign but locally aggressive bone neoplasm which uncommonly involves the skull. The petrous portion of the temporal bone forms a rare location for this tumor.

CASE PRESENTATION:

The authors report a case of a large giant cell tumor involving the petrous and squamous portions of the temporal bone in a 26 year old male patient. He presented with right side severe hearing loss and facial paresis. Radical excision of the tumor was achieved but facial palsy could not be avoided.

CONCLUSION:

Radical excision of skull base giant cell tumor may be hazardous but if achieved is the optimal treatment and may be curative.

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