Ear and Temporal Bone Tumours


The dataset has been developed for the reporting of resection and biopsy specimens of the ear and temporal bone. It includes ONLY primary tumours of the external auditory canal, middle and inner ear, including both benign and malignant entities (specifically due to anatomic confines and management alternatives which may require significant, destructive or disfiguring surgery).

By definition, all malignancies of the external ear (pinna, concha, scaphoid, lobe, etc., such as squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, atypical fibroxanthoma, Merkel cell carcinoma and melanoma) are separately covered by the dermatopathology datasets.

Neck dissections and nodal excisions are dealt with in a separate dataset, and this dataset should be used in conjunction, where applicable.

For bilateral tumours, a separate dataset should be completed for each tumour.

Publication History

This dataset was developed with the kind support of the North American Society of Head and Neck Pathology (NASHNP), American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (AAOMP), International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists (IAOP) and British Society for Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (BSOMP).

1st edition – September 2018. UNDER CONSULTATION

  • To reference this dataset please use the following citation: Thompson LDR, Gupta R, Sandison A, Wenig BM (2018). Ear and Temporal Bone Tumours Histopathology Reporting Guide. 1st edition. International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting; Sydney, Australia. ISBN: 978-1-925687-22-4.
  • Read more on the Ear and temporal bone tumours dataset from the journal article written by the dataset authors: Data set for the reporting of ear and temporal bone tumours: Explanations and recommendations of the guidelines from the International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting. Gupta R, Sandison A, Wenig BM, Thompson LDR. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2019 May;143(5):593-602. doi: 10.5858/arpa.2018-0415-SA. Epub 2018 Nov 30.​

Expert Committee

The 1st edition of the dataset for Ear and temporal bone tumours was developed by the following international team:

  • Chair & Series Champion – Lester Thompson, USA
  • ICCR representative – John R Srigley, Canada
  • ICCR representative – David Ellis, Australia

Domain experts:

  • Ruta Gupta, Australia
  • Ann Sandison, UK
  • Bruce Wenig, USA
By using this website, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the Privacy Policy. It appears you're using an old version of Internet Explorer for safer and optimum browsing experience please upgrade your browser.