A fracture of the temporal bone may result in one or more complications depending on the location and severity of the fracture.

Possible complications after a temporal bone fracture:

(1) facial nerve paresis or paralysis

(2) CSF leakage with otorrhea

(3) conductive and/or sensorineural hearing loss

(4) dizziness or problems with balance

(5) extracranial vascular injury with hemorrhage (carotid artery)

(6) intracranial hemorrhage (epidural hematoma, subarachnoid hemorrhage)

(7) pneumocephalus

(8) meningitis

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