In our patient the facial nerve was situated in the external bony ear canal without bony protection just below the skin in the lower part of the external ear canal 2 to 3 mm lateral to the tympanic membrane.
This abnormal position involves a great risk of damage to the facial nerve by incisions in the ear canal prior to surgical intervention of the middle ear.
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