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April 1988

Giant Cholesterol Cysts of the Petrous Apex

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Otolaryngology (Drs Sataloff and Feldman and Ms Roberts), Neurosurgery (Dr Myers), and Pathology (Dr Choi), Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, and the Department of Radiology, The Graduate Hospital (Dr Mayer), Philadelphia.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988;114(4):451-453. doi:10.1001/archotol.1988.01860160095029

• The giant cholesterol cyst is a clinical entity distinct from cholesterol granulomas and other destructive lesions of the petrous bone. Preoperative assessment by computed tomographic scan and magnetic resonance imaging is extremely helpful. Attempts at total resection of the lesion are not necessary. Adequate surgical drainage may be established through the mastoid or middle fossa.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1988;114:451-453)

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