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Surgical corridors for congenital aural atresia with otogenic cerebellar abscess and lateral sinus thrombosis
  1. Saranya Thangavel,
  2. Lokesh Kumar Penubarthi,
  3. Arun Alexander and
  4. Sunil Kumar Saxena
  1. ENT, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Lokesh Kumar Penubarthi; Lokesh86p{at}


The following is a case report of an adolescent with mental retardation who had congenital aural atresia with contralateral congenital facial palsy. She developed multiple intracranial complications (cerebellar abscess and lateral sinus thrombosis) due to cholesteatoma. We managed her in a multidisciplinary approach. This report discusses case management, emphasising the meticulous intraoperative steps taken in identifying the landmarks and precautions adopted to avoid postoperative facial palsy and other complications.

  • otitis
  • cranial nerves
  • neuro-otology
  • neurosurgery
  • otolaryngology / ENT

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  • Contributors ST: conception and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data. LKP: drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content. AA: final approval of the version published. SKS: final approval of the version published.

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