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Anatomic comparison of nasal versus lateral surgical access to the petrous apex

Tim A Iseli, John Yahng, Randal Leung, Robert JS Briggs, James AJ King, Pramit M Phal



To compare anatomic access to the petrous apex via the nasal and lateral approaches. Hundred consecutive fine-cut CT temporal bones at the Royal Melbourne Hospital from July 27, 2007 to October 30, 2010 were reviewed. Easy lateral access allowed use of a 4 mm burr past vital structures. Easy nasal access was defined as sphenoid pneumatization to/beyond the posterior sella and laterally beyond the maxillary/vidian nerves. Three patients with petrous apex pathology were also reviewed. Easy lateral and nasal access occurred in 74 (37%) and 79 (39.5%) sides, respectively. Easy nasal and lateral access were not strongly correlated (r = 0.10, P = 0.15). A well-pneumatized mastoid (62.5%) was stron..

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