Intraoperative view of a glomus tympanicum

December 31, 2012
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Otoscopic Clinic

For the treatment of a small glomus tympanicum, surgical excision via an anterior tympanotomy approach is possible.

A 50-year-old woman presented with a 5-month history of right-sided pulsatile tinnitus without any hearing loss. The tinnitus was synchronous with her heartbeat. Otoscopic examination of her right ear detected a red mass behind the posteroinferior quadrant of the tympanic membrane near the umbo of the malleus (figure 1). The mass was pulsatile when carefully observed with an aural endoscope.

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