Hearing Improvement after Partial Labyrinthectomy : Resection of petrous apex cholesterol granuloma

Abdulrahman A Hagr


We present the case of a 57 year-old male presenting with symptomatic petrous apex cholesterol granuloma, multiple cranial nerve weaknesses and deafness of the left ear. The chosen intervention was a cholesterol granuloma resection via the translabyrinthine approach. This resulted in cranial nerve recovery and improved facial functionality. Hearing in the operated ear improved within 3 months after surgery. The patient experienced no postoperative complications. We conclude that a translabyrinthine approach can be used for drainage of petrous apex cholesterol granulomas with a chance of hearing loss recovery


Labyrinth; Hearing; Cholesterol; Granuloma; Case report; Saudi Arabia

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