August 1987

Primary Adenocarcinoma of the Middle Ear and Temporal Bone

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Otology and Neurotology, Department of Surgery, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tenn (Drs Glasscock and Jackson); the Department of Otolaryngology, University of California-Davis, and Sacramento (Calif) Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgical and Medical Group Inc (Dr McKennan); and the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (Dr Levine).

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(8):822-824. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860080028009

• Primary adenocarcinoma of the temporal bone is a rare disorder. Fewer than 40 cases have been reported in the English literature, most of these being single case reports. Exclusion of metastatic adenocarcinoma is imperative. Adenocarcinomas must be differentiated from benign adenomas. Adenocarcinomas are best managed by aggressive surgical resection, with postoperative irradiation used in cases of incomplete resection or high-grade tumors.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1987;113:822-824)