Squamous Cell Carcinoma Extending to the Temporal Bone

  • Shane Anderson
  • Parag Patel
  • Benedict Panizza
Part of the Head and Neck Cancer Clinics book series (HNCC)


Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the temporal bone is an aggressive malignancy. It presents as a primary tumour of the temporal bone arising in the middle ear or external auditory canal (EAC). Secondary invasion of the temporal bone occurs because of direct spread from a primary lesion of the pinna and its surrounds, or from cutaneous SCC (cSCC) metastasis to the first echelon lymph node bed. In Australia, SCC of the temporal bone typically presents from direct invasion from a cutaneous primary, or from metastatic spread from a cutaneous primary to the parotid lymph nodes abutting the temporal bone [1].


Facial Nerve Temporal Bone External Auditory Canal Clear Margin Sigmoid Sinus 
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© Faruque Riffat, Carsten E. Palme, Michael Veness, Rehan Kazi, Raghav C. Dwivedi 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Otolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgeryThe Townsville HospitalTownsvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Otolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgerySt Georges Hospitals NHS TrustLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, School of MedicineUniversity of Queensland, Queensland Head and Neck Cancer Centre, Queensland Skull Base Unit, Princess Alexandra HospitalBrisbaneAustralia

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