To describe surgical management for transcanal endoscopic ear surgery (TEES) in two patients with aberrant internal carotid artery (ICA) in the middle ear.
A young girl who complained of pulsatile tinnitus and an elderly man who presented with ear bleeding. Otoendoscopy examination revealed a pulsatile reddish mass protruding through the tympanic membrane in both patients.
A combination of clinical assessments and imaging supported the diagnosis of aberrant ICA in the middle ear. Transcanal endoscopic reinforcement of the artery was performed; tragal cartilage was used as a shield to strengthen the carotid canal defect.
Assisted by fine endoscopic instruments, the protruding arteries were separated without damage to the surrounding structures and reinforced using tragal cartilage. Both patients’ symptoms improved postoperatively; they reported tinnitus relief and hearing improvement.
To prevent catastrophic events, diagnosis of aberrant ICA is important before any surgical intervention. With appropriate management, surgical intervention using transcanal endoscopic ear surgery offers a clear view of the surgical field and is an excellent choice for management of aberrant ICA.