Verrucous Carcinoma of the Temporal Bone

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Abstract

Verrucous carcinoma, a familiar lesion of the oral cavity and larynx, is distinctly rare in the ear. We report five cases of verrucous carcinoma of the temporal bone, each of which fulfills Ackerman's histologic and biologic criteria. Only three cases of verrucous carcinoma of the ear have been previously reported. Most cases of verrucous cancers of the head and neck demonstrate a lack of nodal involvement, relatively slow growth potential, local invasiveness, and responsiveness to surgical treatment. In our five cases of verrucous carcinoma of the temporal bone, three had a biologic behavior similar to other verrucous tumors, while two cases were unusually aggressive. Three patients were treated surgically and had favorable outcomes, while the remaining two were treated with combination therapy. These cases highlight the difficulty in diagnosis and treatment as well as the lack of understanding of the biologic behavior of this rare otologic entity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-453
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Volume95
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1986
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • temporal bone
  • temporal bone neoplasm
  • verrucous carcinoma

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