The Journal of International
Advanced Otology
Case Report

An atypical stapedial artery


Department of ENT-Otology, Hôpital Saint Joseph, Marseille, France


Department of Radiology, Hôpital Saint Joseph, Marseille, France


Faculté de Médecine Nord, Marseille, France

J Int Adv Otol 2020; 16: 274-277
DOI: 10.5152/iao.2019.4002
Read: 188 Downloads: 142 Published: 28 July 2020

The persistence of the stapedial artery is a rare vascular anomaly. It is mostly asymptomatic but sometimes cause conductive hearing loss, pulsatile tinnitus, or vertigo. The estimated prevalence of this rare postembryonic persistence ranged from 0.02% to 0.48%. Four different anatomical forms have been identified, and their preoperative diagnostic is essential. We report the case of an incidental discovery of pharyngo-hyo-stapedial artery, the most uncommon form of persistent stapedial artery. Its per-operative finding has become rare because tomodensitometry is performed in case of conductive hearing loss. The continuous improvement of imagery resolution will probably help to revise the incidence of this malformation.


Cite this article as: Sanjuan M, Chapon F, Magnan J. An atypical stapedial artery. J Int Adv Otol 2020; 16(2): 274-7.

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