Microsurgical anatomy of subtotal temporal bone resection en bloc with the parotid gland and temporomandibular joint

Noritaka Komune, Shizuo Komune, Takashi Morishita, Albert L. Rhoton

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Background: Subtotal temporal bone resection (STBR) has been used for half a century to remove temporal bone malignancies. However, there are few reports on the detailed anatomy involved in the resection. Objective: To describe the microsurgical anatomy of STBR combined en bloc with the resection of the parotid gland and temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Methods: Cadaveric specimens were dissected in a stepwise manner using 3 & times to 40 & times magnification. Results: STBR can be combined with the total parotidectomy and the resection of the TMJ if the tumor extends into the parotid gland, TMJ, or facial nerve. In this study, we describe the step-by-step microsurgical anatomy of STBR en bloc with the parotid gland and TMJ. The surgical technique described combines 3 approaches: the high cervical, subtemporal-infratemporal fossa, and retromastoid-paracondylar approaches. Combining these 3 approaches aided in efficiently completing this modified approach. Conclusion: STBR is a complicated and technically challenging procedure. This study highlights the importance of understanding the surgical anatomy of STBR and will serve as a catalyst for improvement of the surgical technique for temporal bone resection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-356
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1982
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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