Arterial anomalies of the middle ear associated with stapes ankylosis.

  title={Arterial anomalies of the middle ear associated with stapes ankylosis.},
  author={Antonio Pirodda and Giovanni Sorrenti and Anna Federica Marliani and Ivanpietro Cappello},
  journal={The Journal of laryngology and otology},
  volume={108 3},
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. 
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