Temporal Bone Fractures

Heather M. Weinreich, Andrew Lee, John P. Carey

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The force required to fracture the temporal bone is substantial and can lead to vascular injury, hearing loss, vertigo or imbalance, facial nerve injury, and cerebral spinal fluid leaks. Various classification schemes have been proposed, with those identifying critical structures being more useful. CT remains the imaging modality of choice. Hearing loss remains the most common complication while facial nerve paralysis continues to be one of the most dreaded consequences. This chapter discusses the epidemiology of temporal bone trauma, the pathophysiology as well as complications, and current recommendations in management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFacial Trauma Surgery
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Primary Repair to Reconstruction
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780323497558
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Facial nerve paralysis
  • Hearing loss
  • Temporal bone fracture
  • Vertigo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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