A 40-year-old member asked:
i was wondering does the mastoid bone grow back after mastoidectomy?
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Dr. BERT W WINTERHOLLER answered
43 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Mastoid regrowth: by definition, mastoidectomy is the REMOVAL of much or all of the mastoid bone and the mastoid air cells. The mastoid bone is the insertion of the sternocleidomastoid muscle, seen when turning the head from side to side as the linear muscle mass that defines the lines of the front of the neck. After removal of the mastoid bone, it will not "grow" back in its original form. It will remain absent.
Answered on Aug 20, 2016
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