Course of the Facial Nerve in Congenital Dysplasia of the External Auditory Canal: A High-Resolution Computerized Tomography Study

  • H. L. J. Tanghe
  • K. H. Pauw
  • A. Kasteel-van Linge
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Congenital dysplasia of the external auditory canal (EAC) appars with a frequency of 1 : 10000 to 1 : 20 000 births [4] Surgical correction of congenital dysplasia of the EAC is difficult. The facial nerve almost always has an abnormal course and can be injured easily during operation [5] Radiological identification of the facial nerve canal, however, is no guarantee that the facial nerve is enclosed. The purpose of this study was to provide a detailed analysis of the course of the facial nerve in congenital dysplasia of the EAC.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. L. J. Tanghe
    • 1
  • K. H. Pauw
    • 2
  • A. Kasteel-van Linge
    • 3
  1. 1.Departments of RadiologyUniversity Hospital Rotterdam-DijkzigtRotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Departments of Radiology — Section of NeuroradiologyUniversity Hospital Rotterdam-DijkzigtRotterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Departments of Radiology — Section of OtorhinolaryngologyUniversity Hospital Rotterdam-DijkzigtRotterdamThe Netherlands

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