Transverse temporal bone fractures

Transverse temporal bone fractures are orientated perpendicular to the long axis of the petrous temporal bone, with the line of force running roughly anterior to posterior. A more current classification of the extent of temporal bone fractures describes the integrity of the otic capsule rather than the fracture orientation (see: temporal bone fractures.)

They are thought to make up 20-30% of temporal bone fractures.

Transverse fractures are associated with blows to the frontal bone or occiput. These fractures normally cross the fallopian canal and otic capsule.

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rID: 12972
Tags: trauma, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Temporal transverse fractures
  • Transverse fractures of the temporal bone
  • Transverse fractures involving the temporal bone
  • Transverse petrous temporal bone fracture
  • Transverse petrous temporal bone fractures

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    Figure 1: axis of transverse fracture
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    Case 2: with fracture dislocation of the ossicles
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