Arterial anomalies of the middle ear associated with stapes ankylosis

A. Pirodda, G. Sorrenti, A. F. Marliani, I. Cappello

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An aberrant internal carotid artery in a young woman complaining of pulsatile tinnitus and conductive hearing loss was diagnosed pre-operatively by CT scan and angiographic findings. An exploratory tympanotomy was performed in order to evaluate the cause of the severe conductive hearing loss. It was possible to detect a large persistent stapedial artery associated with a stapedial fixation of unknown cause. Despite these vascular anomalies a stapedotomy was performed successfully.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-239
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1994


  • Glomus tympanicum tumour
  • Internal carotid artery
  • Pulsatile tinnitus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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