OBJECTIVES: Cholesteatomas can grow to a remarkable size before clinically making their presence felt. Managing giant cholesteatomas and their complications can become a challenge for the otological surgeon. METHODS: We describe a case of a giant congenital cholesteatoma of the mastoid in an adult. The lesion extended to the sigmoid sinus, jugular bulb, carotid canal, occipital condyle, and the lateral portion of the first cervical vertebra. Surgical excision was performed using a combined microscopic and endoscopic surgical approach. RESULTS: Our combined surgical technique enabled a more accurate removal of the cholesteatoma than a microscopic approach alone, with no surgical complications or damage to the structures affected by the disease. CONCLUSIONS: Using endoscopic instruments to manage giant cholesteatomas can help to avoid complications and improve surgical radicality.

Combined Surgical Approach to Giant Cholesteatoma: A Case Report and Literature Review

CAZZADOR, DIEGO;FAVARETTO, NICCOLO';MARTINI, ALESSANDRO
2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Cholesteatomas can grow to a remarkable size before clinically making their presence felt. Managing giant cholesteatomas and their complications can become a challenge for the otological surgeon. METHODS: We describe a case of a giant congenital cholesteatoma of the mastoid in an adult. The lesion extended to the sigmoid sinus, jugular bulb, carotid canal, occipital condyle, and the lateral portion of the first cervical vertebra. Surgical excision was performed using a combined microscopic and endoscopic surgical approach. RESULTS: Our combined surgical technique enabled a more accurate removal of the cholesteatoma than a microscopic approach alone, with no surgical complications or damage to the structures affected by the disease. CONCLUSIONS: Using endoscopic instruments to manage giant cholesteatomas can help to avoid complications and improve surgical radicality.
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