Bilateral temporal bone fractures: a case report


  • Kiran Natarajan Department of Otolaryngology, Madras ENT Research Foundation, Chennai
  • Koka Madhav Department of Otolaryngology, Madras ENT Research Foundation, Chennai
  • A. V. Saraswathi Department of Otolaryngology, Madras ENT Research Foundation, Chennai
  • Mohan Kameswaran Department of Otolaryngology, Madras ENT Research Foundation, Chennai



Bilateral temporal bone fractures, Management


Bilateral temporal bone fractures are rare; accounting for 9% to 20% of cases of temporal bone fractures. Clinical manifestations include hearing loss, facial paralysis, CSF otorhinorrhea and dizziness. This is a case report of a patient who presented with bilateral temporal bone fractures. This is a report of a 23-yr-old male who sustained bilateral temporal bone fractures and presented 18 days later with complaints of watery discharge from left ear and nose, bilateral profound hearing loss and facial weakness on the right side. Pure tone audiometry revealed bilateral profound sensori-neural hearing loss. CT temporal bones & MRI scans of brain were done to assess the extent of injuries. The patient underwent left CSF otorrhea repair, as the CSF leak was active and not responding to conservative management. One week later, the patient underwent right facial nerve decompression. The patient could not afford a cochlear implant (CI) in the right ear at the same sitting, however, implantation was advised as soon as possible because of the risk of cochlear ossification. The transcochlear approach was used to seal the CSF leak from the oval and round windows on the left side. The facial nerve was decompressed on the right side. The House-Brackmann grade improved from Grade V to grade III at last follow-up. Patients with bilateral temporal bone fractures require prompt assessment and management to decrease the risk of complications such as meningitis, permanent facial paralysis or hearing loss. 

Author Biography

Kiran Natarajan, Department of Otolaryngology, Madras ENT Research Foundation, Chennai





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