CT Findings in the External Auditory Canal after Transcanal Surgery.

AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
V MingkwansookH R Kelly


Middle ear surgery is often performed through the external auditory canal, and the CT appearance of the external auditory canal after transcanal middle ear surgery can mimic erosive pathology such as carcinoma, external auditory canal cholesteatoma, or necrotizing external otitis. We reviewed the CT findings in a group of patients following transcanal surgery to highlight this potential pitfall in interpretation. Twenty-seven temporal bones in 25 patients with a history of a transcanal approach to the middle ear and available postoperative CT imaging were identified. Images were assessed for changes along or involving the walls of the external auditory canal, including widening, irregularity, bony defects, and soft tissue opacification. Osseous changes along the floor of the external auditory canal were demonstrated in 25 of 27 (92.6%) temporal bone CT scans. Similar changes were present in the superior and anterior walls of the external auditory canal in 21 and 18 temporal bones, respectively. The anterior wall was the most common site for complete bony defects (10 of 27 temporal bones). The posterior wall was the least often involved, with osseous changes in 15 of 27 temporal bones and bony defects in 3 cases. Soft tissue thi...Continue Reading


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