During the past three years we have encountered a series of primary and secondary neoplasms of the temporal bone among the population of about a million people in the vicinity of our hospitals. The series includes metastatic tumors and one verified locally malignant growth of the type formerly regarded as bleeding polypus and sometimes reported as angioma, but now realized to be a glomus tumor.
In the light of our experience and studies, we classify malignant tumors of the temporal bone as follows:
Primary: Tumors of the middle ear and mastoid include squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas and adenocarcinoma. Glomus tumors also fall into this category. Tumors of the petrous pyramid include meningioma, sarcoma, melanoma, neuroepithelioma, and acoustic neurofibroma.
Secondary: A. Invasive: This group includes carcinoma or lymphoepithelioma of the nasopharynx, tumors of the parotid gland, tumors of the cerebellopontine angle, basal cell carcinoma and melanoma of
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