Squamous cell carcinoma of the external auditory canal and temporal bone: an update

Benjamin M. Allanson, Tsu-Hui Low, Jonathan R. Clark, Ruta Gupta*

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Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the most common primary malignancy to affect the temporal bone, including primary cutaneous SCC of the pinna, external auditory canal, middle and inner ear. This anatomically complex region generates complicated three-dimensional specimens that can be a challenge for macroscopic and microscopic pathologic assessment. A universally accepted staging classification for these malignancies is still to be established. A brief summary of the regional anatomy, etiology and epidemiology, presentation and diagnosis, radiologic assessment and treatment follows with a review of the pathologic assessment of the different types of specimens generated and an update on staging for SCC of the temporal bone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-418
Number of pages12
JournalHead and Neck Pathology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • External auditory canal
  • Macroscopic examination
  • Middle ear
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Staging systems
  • Temporal bone


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