December 1976

The Internal Auditory Meatus: Anatomy, Pathology and Surgery

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Worcester, Mass


by M. Portmann, J.M. Sterkers, R. Charachon, et al, 312 pp, $48, New York, Churchill Livingstone, 1975.

Arch Surg. 1976;111(12):1412. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360300102026

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The title inaccuracy is probably a result of the translation from French into English. The correct title should be Internal Auditory Canal.

This book represents a comprehensive review of the anatomy and contents (seventh and eighth nerves and blood vessels) of the internal auditory canal, which is important for surgery in this area. The clinical and laboratory evaluation of acoustic tumors, Meniere disease, and facial nerve paralysis are adequately summarized as a prelude to the description of surgery for alleviation of these conditions. The technique of surgery for removal of tumors, transection of the vestibular nerve, and repair of the facial nerve are covered in detail along with preoperative preparation and postoperative complications. Finally, a summary of pathologic conditions involving structures in the internal auditory canal is presented near the end of the book. Unfortunately, this chapter is weakened by the inclusion of entities for which little or no documentation

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