When to Operate on Temporal Bone Fractures?

Authors: Viktor Chrobok 1 ;  Michal Černý 1 ;  Jana Šatanková 1 ;  Jan Mejzlík 1 ;  Jana Dědková 2;  M. Kanta 3;  L. Školoudík 1
Authors‘ workplace: LF UK a FN Hradec Králové Klinika otorinolaryngologie LF UK a FN Hradec Králové a chirurgie hlavy a krku 1;  LF UK a FN Hradec Králové Radiodiagnostická klinika 2;  LF UK a FN Hradec Králové Neurochirurgická klinika 3
Published in: Cesk Slov Neurol N 2017; 80(6): 685-689
Category: Original Paper
doi: https://doi.org/10.14735/amcsnn2017685


To evaluate the possibilities and indications of surgical treatment of temporal bone fracture and verify concordance with international experience.

Eleven patients treated surgically for temporal bone fracture at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospital Hradec Králové in 2011–2016 were evaluated retrospectively. Fractures in the petrous and non-petrous part with and without otic capsule involvement were distinguished according to the high-resolution computed tomography scans and the performed surgical treatment was evaluated.

Four patients had a fracture in the non-petrous part, 7 patients had a fracture in the petrous part, otic capsule was involved in 6 out of these 7 patients. Decompression of facial nerve was carried out in 6 patients. Subtotal petrosectomy was primarily used in 4 patients and secondarily after facial nerve decompression in 1 patient. In another patient, facial nerve decompression and subtotal petrosectomy was performed simultaneously. Posttraumatic cholesteatoma was found in 2 out of 6 subtotal petrosectomy surgeries, from those one patient was after preceding decompression of facial nerve. Previous purulent meningitis was present in 4 patients.

Decompression of facial nerve in selected patients with facial nerve palsy is an indication for early surgical treatment of temporal bone fractures. Elective subtotal petrosectomy is considered in fractures in the petrous part involving the otic capsule with the aim of preventing posttraumatic otogenic meningitis. It is mainly indicated in patients with posttraumatic otogenic meningitis or patients with posttraumatic decompression of the facial nerve with concurrent deafness.

Key words:
skull base fractures – temporal bone – meningitis – facial nerve – petrosectomy

The authors declare they have no potential conflicts of interest concerning drugs, products, or services used in the study.

The Editorial Board declares that the manuscript met the ICMJE “uniform requirements” for biomedical papers.

Chinese summary - 摘要





回顾性分析了2011 - 2016年在赫拉德茨 - 克拉洛韦大学医院耳鼻咽喉头颈外科接受手术治疗颞骨骨折的11名患者。根据高分辨率计算机断层扫描对涉及或不涉及耳囊的岩部和非岩部位的骨折进行鉴别,并对所执行的手术治疗进行评估。


4例患者在非岩骨部位发生骨折,7例患者是岩部骨折,并且7例患者中有6例患者涉及耳囊。 6例患者进行了面神经减压。 次全切除术主要用于4例患者,其次用于1例面神经减压术后患者。 其它患者同时行面神经减压和次全切除术。6例次全切除手术中发现有2例患有外伤性胆脂瘤,其中一名患者在面神经减压之后。有4例患者先前出现了脓性脑膜炎。




颅底骨折 - 颞骨 - 脑膜炎 - 面神经 - 岩部切除术


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