Complications of petrous temporal bone fracture (mnemonic)

Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 16 Feb 2019

A handy mnemonic to recall the complications of transverse and longitudinal petrous temporal bone fractures is:

  • Listen Carefully To Something Funny


  • listen carefully = longitudinal / conductive hearing loss
  • to something funny = transverse / sensorineural hearing loss and facial nerve injury

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