An unusual pediatric case of bilateral lipoma of the attic and middle ear

Anatoli Karas, David L. Walner*, Barry Rabin, Elaine Cham, Nancy M. Young

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Lipoma of the temporal bone is uncommon and involvement of the middle ear, attic or mastoid is exceedingly rare. We present the first case of histologically confirmed bilateral lipomas involving the attic and middle ear. Pre-operative computer tomography (CT) provided supporting evidence of the diagnosis. Masses in both ears were excised permitting histological confirmation of the diagnosis. A literature review of temporal bone lipoma revealed that, although rare, lipoma involving the middle ear is typically found in the anterior superior quadrant where it may be confused with congenital cholesteatoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-208
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology Extra
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • Cholesterol granuloma
  • Congenital cholesteatoma
  • Epitympanic mass
  • Lipoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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