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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 26-28

Diagnostic dilemma in a case of temporal bone carcinoma in a young man

1 Department of ENT, NEIGRIHMS, Shillong, Meghalaya, India
2 Department of Radiodiagnosis, NEIGRIHMS, Shillong, Meghalaya, India

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Dr. Deepanava Jyoti Das
Department of ENT, NEIGRIHMS, Shillong, Meghalaya
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/aiao.aiao_5_17

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Malignancy of temporal bone is a rare entity with an incidence of <0.2% of all head-and-neck cancer with an average age of occurrence at 60 years. We present here a case of a 21-year-old boy with temporal bone cancer who presented with clinical features of complicated chronic suppurative otitis media, radiologically as chronic osteomyelitis creating a diagnostic dilemma as there was no predisposing factor for osteomyelitis. The diagnosis was confirmed by open biopsy which revealed squamous cell carcinoma. The best survival rate is obtained with total temporal bone resection and post-operative radiotherapy.

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