Longitudinal temporal bone fractures

Case contributed by Dr David Cuete


Patient suffers a fall from height, on the physical examination shows otorrhagia

Patient Data

Age: 30
Gender: Male
Race: Hispanic/Latino

CT ear

Computed tomography demonstrates a longitudinal fracture of the petrous bone, hematic abundant content is displayed in the middle ear. Small bubbles also is displayed,  suggestive of intracranial pneumocephalus .

Case Discussion

This case shows a longittudinal temporal bone fracture. It is important to remember that sometimes only small intracranial bubbles we can suggest a temporal fracture.

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Case information

rID: 26895
Published: 13th Jan 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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