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An unusual presentation: temporomandibular tissue herniation through congenital foramen of Huschke

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 January 2024

Sachin Tushar Patel*
Affiliation:
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK
Keli Dusu
Affiliation:
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, East Surrey Hospital, Redhill, UK
Tamir Moharrum
Affiliation:
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, East Surrey Hospital, Redhill, UK
Mohammed Salem
Affiliation:
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, East Surrey Hospital, Redhill, UK
*
Corresponding author: Sachin Tushar Patel; Email: s.patel28@nhs.net

Abstract

Background

The herniation of temporomandibular tissue through the foramen of Huschke into the external auditory canal is a rare clinical anomaly. This paper describes one such case and provides an overview of the relevant literature. This paper elaborates upon the aetiology, clinical assessment, management and associated complications.

Case report

A 54-year-old woman presented with a 3-month history of right ear pain and a polypoid lesion in her right ear canal. This lesion expanded during a Valsalva manoeuvre, and imaging demonstrated a defect in the antero-superior aspect of the canal with herniation of soft tissue. The patient was managed conservatively as the symptoms resided.

Conclusion

Ear canal lesions that protrude or change in size with a Valsalva manoeuvre could be due to a persistent foramen of Huschke. In symptomatic cases needing surgical intervention, a variety of materials may be used to close the defect. Titanium mesh, with or without cartilage overlay, appears to be the most popular choice.

Type
Clinical Records
Copyright
Copyright © The Author(s), 2024. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of J.L.O. (1984) LIMITED

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Footnotes

Sachin Tushar Patel takes responsibility for the integrity of the content of the paper

*

Equal first authors

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