Issue N# 2 - 2003
Invasive cholesteatoma in ancient radical mastoidectomy.
Authors : D. Portmann, C. L. O. Moraes, S. Ribeiro, M. Portmann (Bordeaux)
Ref. : Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol. 2003;124,2:99-104.
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Objective: The aim of this study is to show the importance of computed tomography scanning (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in ancient radical cavities and to determinate the risk factors of an invasive cholesteatoma recurrency. Material and Method: We present 4 cases of medial invasion in the petrous bone of a cholesteatoma without specific symptomatology which appeared many years after undergoing radical mastoidectomy for an acquired cholesteatoma. Conclusion: The analysis of this series allowed to put in evidence the factors of suspicion of an underlying cholesteatoma. They are: the age, an aural discharge, numerous surgical interventions, immunodeficiency, cholesteatoma in childhood and antecedent of facial nerve palsy. This trial emphasizes the importance of imaging (CT and MRI) in front of an ancient radical cavity which presents one or some of these factors in order to eliminate a recurrence of an invasive cholesteatoma. Let us note that the demand of the patients is sometimes aesthetic or functional.
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