Reconstruction After Temporal Bone Resection

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Reconstruction of soft tissue defects after temporal bone resection can vary from simple closure of the external auditory canal to complex flap coverage of extensive defects. Between 1987 and 1996, 34 patients underwent lateral skull base resections and reconstruction for invasive carcinoma of the temporal bone. Seven underwent sleeve resection and/or radical mastoidectomy. Sleeve resection was managed with tympanoplasty, canalplasty, or obliteration of the external auditory canal (10). There were 24 lateral temporal bone resections and four subtotal temporal bone resections. Larger defects created by lateral and subtotal temporal bone resections required closure with a combination of temporalis flaps and local rotational cutaneous flaps (13). Lower island trapezius flaps (five), free flaps (four), and pectoralis major flaps (two) were also used. Indications and efficacy of each method are discussed, and treatment outcomes are presented.

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