CAVERNOUS HEMANGIOMA OF THE EARDRUM AND EXTERNAL AUDITORY CANAL: CASE PRESENTATION AND REVIEW OF LITERATURE
Anastasia Dimitriou, Aristeidis Chrysovergis, Dimitrios Giannopoulos, Athanasios Bibas
(1st Department of Otolaryngology, Hippokrateio Hospital, University of Athens, Athens, Greece)
JHS 2016; 6(3): 65-71
An external auditory canal cavernous hemangioma, with or without involvement of the eardrum and middle ear (ME), is rare; only 23 cases have been described so far.
CASE REPORT: We present a patient with cavernous hemangioma of the external auditory canal, which extended to the tympanic cavity and presented with intermittent episodes of bleeding. Total excision was curative with no recurrence at 9-month follow up. In addition, the literature is reviewed with respect to epidemiology, presentation, evaluation and treatment options for hemangiomas arising from the external ear canal.
CONCLUSIONS: Treatment is achieved by excising the entire lesion, using a transcanal, endaural, or postauricural approach. For hemangiomas extending to the medial aspect of the external auditory canal or the tympanic membrane, a retroauricular approach is favoured.
Keywords: Ear Canal, Ear, Middle, Hemangioma, Cavernous