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February 1997

Cranial Fasciitis Presenting as an External Auditory Canal Mass

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997;123(2):223-225. doi:10.1001/archotol.1997.01900020113017

Cranial fasciitis is a rare benign lesion that develops in childhood. It is considered a subset of nodular fasciitis but occurs selectively in the scalp of children. A review of the world literature revealed only 22 other published cases and no previous reports of a lesion involving the petrous portion of the temporal bone or presenting as a mass in the external auditory canal. We report a rare case of cranial fasciitis in the petrous portion of the temporal bone of a neonate and present a review of the literature.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997;123:223-225