The International Tinnitus Journal

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The International Tinnitus Journal

Official Journal of the Neurootological and Equilibriometric Society
Official Journal of the Brazil Federal District Otorhinolaryngologist Society

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ISSN: 0946-5448


Can a Persistent Stapedial Artery be Safely and Effectively Removed ? A Case Report with Therapeutic Implications

Author(s): Michael P. Murphy, Michael D. Seidman, Reginald F. Baugh

In the past, a persistent stapedial artery was frequently cited as a reason to discontinue stapes surgery, however, several authors have had success operating on the oval window despite the presence of a persistent artery. We present a case of a patient with conductive hearing loss and tinnitus successfully treated with removal of a persistent stapedial artery that was filling the obturator foramen . This experience, in conjunction with a review of the literature and a discussion with several neurotologic colleagues, leads us to suggest that a stapedial artery can be safely removed allowing unhindered access to the oval window.