Ear and Temporal Bone

  • Danielle Elliott RangeEmail author
Part of the Practical Anatomic Pathology book series (PAP)


The ear comprises several structures that are the source of pathology including the skin, bone, cerumen glands, and specialized cochlear tissues. Its location and development make it a unique source of rare tumors, developmental abnormalities, and hereditary syndromes. This chapter will cover the limited but rare pathologic conditions and tumors of the external, middle, and inner ear.


Ear lesions Congenital anomalies of the ear and temporal bone Common keratinous lesions of the external auditory canal Common skin tumors of the external ear and external auditory canal Common tumors of ceruminous glands Inflammatory cartilaginous lesions of the ear Benign bony lesions of the ear Aural polyp Middle ear adenoma Carcinoid tumor Middle ear paragangliomas Schwannomas of the temporal bone and ear Meningiomas of temporal bone and ear Aggressive papillary tumor of middle ear Endolymphatic sac tumors Common metastatic tumors to the temporal bone region 


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  1. 1.Duke Health, Duke University Medical Center, Department of Pathology, Section of Head and Neck and Endocrine PathologyDurhamUSA

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