Discovering Middle Ear Anatomy by Transcanal Endoscopic Ear Surgery: A Dissection Manual

Anschütz, Lukas Peter; Presutti, Livio; Marchioni, Daniele; Bonali, Marco; Wimmer, Wilhelm; Villari, Domenico; Caversaccio, Marco (2018). Discovering Middle Ear Anatomy by Transcanal Endoscopic Ear Surgery: A Dissection Manual. Journal of visualized experiments(131) MYJoVE Corporation 10.3791/56390

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The middle ear is located in the center of the temporal bone and bears a highly complex anatomy. The recently introduced exclusively endoscopic transcanal approach to the middle ear is a minimally invasive technique sparing the bone and mucosa of the mastoid bone, since the middle ear is accessed through the external auditory canal. This emerging method has several advantages over the traditional (microscopic) approaches to the middle ear such as the panoramic wide-angle views of the anatomy, the possibility to approach and magnify tiny structures, and the possibility of looking around the corner using angled endoscopes.

The cadaveric dissection method presented here consists of an overview on the technical requirements and a precise description of a step-by-step protocol to discover the anatomy of the middle ear. Each step and anatomical structure is carefully described in order to provide a comprehensive guide to endoscopic ear anatomy. In our opinion, this is particularly important to any novice in endoscopic ear surgery as it provides thorough anatomical knowledge and may improve surgical skills.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders (ENT)
10 Strategic Research Centers > ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research > ARTORG Center - Hearing Research Laboratory

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Anschütz, Lukas Peter, Wimmer, Wilhelm, Caversaccio, Marco


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




MYJoVE Corporation




Wilhelm Wimmer

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09 Apr 2018 12:39

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05 Dec 2022 15:09

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