Acquired atresia of the external auditory canal and canaloplasty with Thiersch graft reconstruction: Outcomes and complications

Authors

  • Annalisa Pace Sense Organs Department, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy; Surgical Sciences Department, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6744-5280
  • Valeria Rossetti Sense Organs Department, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
  • Giannicola Iannella Sense Organs Department, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
  • Irene Claudia Visconti Sense Organs Department, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
  • Alessandro Milani Sense Organs Department, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5769-7000
  • Roberta Polimeni Sense Organs Department, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
  • Antonino Maniaci Sense Organs Department, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1251-0185
  • Salvatore Cocuzza Otorhinolaryngology Department, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
  • Massimo Re Clinical Science Department, Polytechnic University of Marche, Marche, Italy
  • Giuseppe Magliulo Sense Organs Department, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3052-1969

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17305/bjbms.2022.7676

Keywords:

acquired atresia, external auditory canal, endoaural surgery, canaloplasty, skin graft

Abstract

Acquired atresia of the external auditory canal (EAC) is a rare disease characterized by otorrhea and progressive hearing loss. Clinically, it is differentiated into two stages: the wet stage and the dry stage. The dry stage does not respond to pharmacological treatment and has to be treated surgically. One surgical option is canaloplasty of the EAC with Thiersch graft reconstruction. This study aimed to report the follow-up outcomes (otomicroscopic signs and pure tone audiometry [PTA]) in patients with acquired atresia treated with this technique. Eighteen adult patients surgically treated for acquired atresia of the EAC between 2010 and 2020 were enrolled. All underwent canaloplasty with Thiersch graft reconstruction by one senior surgeon. Otomicroscopy and PTA results were evaluated before and after surgery. Postsurgical follow-up was performed at 1-3-6-12 months and then annually. Presurgical otomicroscopic examination revealed stenosis that occluded more than 75% of the EAC in all patients, and preoperative PTA showed conductive hearing loss in 89% of patients. However, postsurgical otomicroscopic examination showed that 94% of patients had a normal EAC diameter after one year, and only one patient had anterior blunting and recurrent atresia. In addition, postsurgical PTA evidenced a normal range in 89% of patients after one year. In conclusion, acquired atresia of the EAC is a troublesome disease usually associated with hearing loss. Therefore, treatment is chosen to resolve its symptoms. The results demonstrate evidence that canaloplasty with Thirsch graft may be a suitable surgical method considering the lower incidence of recurrence and the excellent hearing outcomes.

Acquired atresia of the external auditory canal and canaloplasty with Thiersch graft reconstruction: outcomes and complications

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06-01-2023

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Acquired atresia of the external auditory canal and canaloplasty with Thiersch graft reconstruction: Outcomes and complications. Biomol Biomed [Internet]. 2023 Jan. 6 [cited 2024 Mar. 5];23(1):73-6. Available from: https://www.bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/7676