Longitudinal temporal bone fractures

Case contributed by David Cuete


Fall from a height, physical examination demonstrated otorrhagia

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male
Race: Hispanic/Latino

CT ear


Note is made of a longitudinal fracture of the right petrous bone with opacification of the right middle ear. Intracranial pneumocephalus also seen .

Case Discussion

This case shows a longitudinal temporal bone fracture. It is important to remember that sometimes only small intracranial pockets of air can suggest a temporal fracture.

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