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July 1997

Giant Epidermoid Involving 3 Cranial Bones

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmic Plastics and Orbital Surgery, Department of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Drs Rumelt and Rubin), and the Department of Neurosurgical Service, Massachusetts General Hospital (Dr Harsh), Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1997;115(7):922-924. doi:10.1001/archopht.1997.01100160092019

We describe a patient with an incidental finding of an expansile osteolytic lesion centered in the sphenoid involving 3 cranial bones—frontal, temporal, and sphenoid—and invading the brain parenchyma and orbit. Biopsy demonstrated an epidermoid. The lesion was excised through frontotemporal craniotomy. Despite the benign nature of the tumor, the epidermoid had a destructive pattern of growth. Complete resection was needed to adequately address the inflammatory mass effect of the large lesion.

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