Hemangioma of the temporal muscle

Paolo Cappabianca, Sossio Cirillo, Enrico De Divitiis, Marialaura Del Basso De Caro, Renato Spaziante, Gianluigi Zona

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Background. Hemangiomas are benign vascular tumors. Because less than 1% of all hemangiomas are intramuscular, only 8 cases of temporal muscle hemagioma have been described to date. This is a case study of a 13-year-old girl who was referred to our institution because of a soft swelling located in the left temple that has enlarged progressively since birth. Methods. CT scan, angiography and MRI showed a tumor mass lying in the temporal muscle, with homogeneous contrast enhancement. No tumor blush or feeding arteries were detected. At surgical exploration, the tumor appeared to be well demarcated. It was totally excised, sparing the surrounding temporal muscle, which did not present any sign of infiltration. Histopathologic examination showed the lesion to be a cavernous hemangioma. Results. The cosmetic result was excellent, and MRI after 1 month and 2 years showed complete absence of the lesion and no evidence of recurrence. Conclusions. Although this type of tumor may be treated by various methods surgical excision yields the best results in the short and the long term. The surrounding tissue is spared as much as possible when no signs of infiltration are noted at operation, especially when involving small and functionally important muscles, as in our case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-200
Number of pages4
JournalHead and Neck
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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