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Stylomastoid Foramen Osteoma: Unique Challenges for Appropriate Management

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Osteoma of the temporal bone is a rare and slow-growing benign tumor. It is reported to affect almost all portions of the temporal bone. However, osteoma involving the stylomastoid foramen has never been reported in the literature. We report a case of an osteoma extending from the stylomastoid foramen and occluding the external auditory canal in a young female. Although the osteoma has very close relationship with the facial nerve, it was removed because of the severity of its associated symptomatology; the osteoma was completely removed without any postoperative complications. This report is of interest as it highlights the challenges in the management of osteomas in such localization.

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Larem, A. , Sheta, S. , Al-Qahtani, A. and Haidar, H. (2015) Stylomastoid Foramen Osteoma: Unique Challenges for Appropriate Management. International Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, 4, 277-281. doi: 10.4236/ijohns.2015.44047.


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