Clinical Note
July 2000

Osteoma of the Internal Auditory Canal

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Otolaryngology (Dr Vrabec) and Radiology (Dr Chaljub), University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston; and the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of South Carolina, Charleston (Dr Lambert).


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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000;126(7):895-898. doi:10.1001/archotol.126.7.895

Objective  To review presenting symptoms and illustrate management options for this uncommon lesion.

Design  Case series and literature review.

Setting  Tertiary referral center.

Patients  Three cases of osteoma of the internal auditory canal are presented. Additional cases from the literature, diagnosed by radiographic appearance or gross description, are included for comparison.

Main Outcome Measure  Response of clinical symptoms.

Results  Presenting symptoms are highly variable. Available reports do not adequately define the natural history of the lesion.

Conclusion  The lack of a consistent presentation despite a similar radiographic appearance suggests that the osteoma is often an incidental finding.