Ear Canal Surgery

Ear canal surgery is reserved for cases in which proper medical treatment for otitis externa has failed and for ear canal neoplasia

Gert ter Haar

2017

Scholarcy highlights

  • Ear canal surgery is reserved for cases in which proper medical treatment for otitis externa has failed and for ear canal neoplasia
  • Surgical techniques that have been described for the external auditory canal include lateral ear canal resection, vertical ear canal resection or ablation, and total ear canal ablation with lateral bulla osteotomy
  • Specific indications and complications are associated with each of these procedures. Complications associated with both lateral and vertical ear canal resections include infection, incisional dehiscence, stenosis of the remaining horizontal ear canal, and failure to alleviate clinical signs when performed for otitis externa
  • Facial nerve palsy is the most common neurologic complication after TECALBO in dogs and occurs in 13% to 36% of the procedures
  • The management of complications of TECALBO starts preoperatively with choosing the proper diagnostic work-up and selecting the appropriate treatment for the patient

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