The temporal bone is a portion of the skull located above the ear. Tumors may develop within the ear or temporal bone, often originating as skin cancer caused by years of sun exposure, or may form within the ear canal. Basal skin carcinoma and squamous cell cancer are the most common types of ear and temporal bone tumors.
Ear tumors are white bumps that appear on the outside of the ear, which can spread to the temporal bone if left untreated. Patients with ear or temporal bone tumors typically experience ear pain and discharge from the ear canal. If the tumor spreads to the temporal bone, it can also cause hearing loss, dizziness and facial paralysis. A biopsy of ear and/or temporal bone tumors is taken to determine whether or not they are cancerous. If cancer is detected, the tumor(s) must be surgically removed to keep it from spreading, and a customized treatment plan will be devised to prevent recurrence.
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