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Head and Neck Pathology

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 321–327 | Cite as

Anatomy and Surgical Approach of the Ear and Temporal Bone

  • Brandon Isaacson
Special Issue: Ear

Abstract

The temporal bone is one of the more complex structures at the skull base that houses the hearing and vestibular organs, numerous nerves, and vessels. A host of inflammatory and neoplastic processes can occur within the temporal bone that often necessitate permanent and frozen section pathologic examination. A number of simple to complex surgical procedures are used to manage temporal bone pathology. This chapter will provide a brief overview of normal temporal bone anatomy, common surgical approaches, normal histology, and indications for pathologic examination.

Keywords

Temporal bone Ear Tympanoplasty Mastoidectomy Petrous bone Paraganglioma Skull base 

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

Brandon Isaacson, MD, FACS declares that he has the following conflicts of interest. Advisory Boards: Med-el, Advanced Bionics. Consultant: Karl Storz Endoscopy, Olympus, Medtronic, Stryker.

Research Involving Human and Animal Rights

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology – HNSUT – Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA

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