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Bilateral congenital lacrimal fistulae: A case report

May 1, 2012  |  Lei Zhuang, MD; Christin L. Sylvester, DO; Jeffrey P. Simons, MD


A congenital lacrimal fistula is a rare developmental anomaly, usually unilateral. While it is often asymptomatic, some patients present with epiphora or discharge. We report the case of a 4-year-old boy with bilateral lacrimal fistulae. No other systemic, nasal, or ocular...

Recurrent meningitis in an adult secondary to an inner ear malformation: Imaging demonstration

April 1, 2012  |  Nisar Ahmad Wani, MD, Aijaz Rawa, MD, Umar Qureshi, MD, Tasleem Kosar, DMRD, and Irfan Robbani, MD


Congenital labyrinthine dysplasia with a translabyrinthine cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) fistula may be an anatomic cause for recurrent meningitis. This condition is usually seen in children aged 5 to 10 years who present with sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) and CSF discharge...

A case of congenital fistula from an accessory parotid gland: Diagnosis and treatment

January 25, 2012  |  Fábio Roberto Pinto, MD, PhD


The author reports a case of congenital fistula from an accessory parotid gland and describes its diagnosis and treatment. The patient was referred to the author's clinic for evaluation of a continuous serous discharge from a small orifice in the left cheek near the angle of...

Tracheoinnominate fistula: Successful management with endovascular stenting

July 14, 2011  |  Peter M. Shepard, MD, Jeffrey M. Phillips, MD, Girma Tefera, MD, and Gregory K. Hartig, MD


Tracheoinnominate fistula is a rare complication of tracheostomy that is associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality. Recently, endovascular stents have been described as a viable treatment option for the management of this condition. We report a case of...

Traumatic perilymphatic fistula secondary to stapes luxation into the vestibule: A case report

May 1, 2011  |  Li-Ser Khoo, FRCR and Tiong-Yong Tan, FRCR


A penetrating ear injury with a perilymphatic fistula is not an uncommon occurrence in otolaryngologic practice, but stapes luxation is rare. We report the case of an 11-year-old boy who developed a traumatic perilymphatic fistula secondary to an atypical stapes luxation into...

Report of a complete second branchial fistula

August 1, 2010  |  Mohammad Habibullah Khan, MRCSI, DOHNS, Heitham Gheriani, FRCSI, FRCSEd, and Aongus James Curran, MD, FRCSI


We report a case of complete congenital branchial fistula with an internal opening near the tonsillar fossa. Cysts, fistulas, and sinuses of the second branchial cleft are the most common developmental anomalies arising from the branchial apparatus. In our case, a 43-year-old...

A large postauricular cutaneous mastoid fistula caused by a cholesteatoma

April 1, 2010  |  Raman Wadhera, MS, S.P. Gulati, MS, Vijay Kalra, MS, Anju Ghai, MD, and Ajay Garg, MS

Bilateral atticoantral chronic suppurative otitis media presenting as bilateral cutaneous mastoid fistulas

October 1, 2009  |  Kemmannu Vikram Bhat, MS, DNB, PhD, Shankarappa Gangadharaiah Udayashankar, MS, DLO, and Belur Keshavamurthy Venkatesha, MS, DNB; Praveen Kumar, MS


Postauricular cutaneous mastoid fistula secondary to chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM) is an unusual complication. Bilateral manifestation along with primary acquired cholesteatoma and atelectasis of the pars tensa as an end-stage complication in the natural course of...

Fistulography: A useful imaging modality for identifying the exact location and extent of complete branchial fistulas

September 1, 2009  |  Sampan Singh Bist, MS, Saurabh Varshney, MS, Rakesh Kumar, MS, and Nitin Gupta, MS

Fistula between the carotid artery and larynx in a 67-year-old man

August 1, 2009  |  Dary J. Costa, MD, Mark A. Varvares, MD, and B. Kirke Bieneman, MD

Aortoesophageal fistula: A case report

February 1, 2009  |  David Tighe, MBChB, Andy Wood, MB, and Savita Kale, MRCS(Eng)


Patients with impacted foreign bodies in the upper aerodigestive tract present commonly to ENT clinics. This case report highlights two important issues in the management of these patients. First, if the evidence of esophageal perforation is strong and contrast swallow is...

Transfistula endoscopic closure of frontocutaneous fistula: A novel approach

January 1, 2009  |  Perumal Gounder Chokkalingam, BSc, FRCS, Ravi Sachidananda, MS, MRCS, Sanjay Verma, MRCS, PhD, Arcot Maheshwar, FRCS, FRCS (ORL-HNS), and Robert Duncan Roderick, McRae, FRCS, FRCS (ORL-HNS)


A fistula of the anterior table of the frontal sinus is an uncommon complication of acute frontal sinus abscess. Various methods to close a frontocutaneous fistula have been described. We present the second reported transfistula endoscopically assisted primary closure of a...


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