The Journal of International
Advanced Otology
Case Report

Giant Cell Tumor of the Temporal Bone and Skull Base: A Case Report


Department of Otolaryngology, Ege University School of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey


Clinic of Otolaryngology, Selcuk State Hospital, Izmir, Turkey

J Int Adv Otol 2018; 14: 151-154
DOI: 10.5152/iao.2018.3609
Read: 2044 Downloads: 864 Published: 03 September 2019


Giant cell tumor (GCT) is a benign tumor that originates from undifferentiated mesenchymal cells of the bone marrow. The cranium as well as temporal bone is a rare location for GCTs. Despite its benign nature, GCT may be locally aggressive and has the potential to recur locally. Furthermore, GCT may give rise to pulmonary metastases (~1%) in addition to causing local bone destruction. Surgical excision is the treatment of choice for patients with GCT. We describe the case of a 56-year-old female who presented with headache and hearing loss with extensive GCT, which originated in the squamous part of the temporal bone and extended into the left mandibular fossa and middle ear. She was treated by total resection of the tumor using left temporal craniotomy approach. In this article, we present a case of temporal bone GCT with its clinical features as well as a review of the related literature.


Cite this article as: Kaya İ, Benzer M, Turhal G, Sercan G, Bilgen C, Kirazlı T. Giant Cell Tumor of the Temporal Bone and Skull Base: A Case Report.J Int Adv Otol 2018; 14(1): 151-4.

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