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May 1972

Otologic Complications After Gasserian Ganglion Surgery

Author Affiliations

Syracuse, NY
From the Department of Otolaryngology, Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY. Dr. Gardikes is currently on active duty in Vietnam.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;95(5):437-441. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770080673009

Twenty-one cases of gasserian neurectomy in 17 patients are reviewed. Symptoms related to the ear developed in 76% of the cases; 67% had definite otologic findings in the immediate postneurectomy period. These consisted of hemotympanum, 55%; ecchymosis of the ear canal, 7%; and retracted tympanic membrane, 4%. In the late postoperative period, 58% continued with ear symptoms and 33% demonstrated residual ear pathology consisting of retracted tympanic membrane with or without fluid in (24%) and hyperemia of the eustachian tube orifice (8%). The possible causes of the hemotympanum and malfunction of the eustachian tube are discussed.

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