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[Persistence of the stapedial artery: three cases].


The authors report three cases of persistence of the stapedial artery, discovered by computed tomography examination. For two cases, a clinical symptomatology was present but probably related to the association with an aberrant carotid artery in the middle ear; the only case of isolated persistence of the stapedial artery was asymptomatic. Direct visualisation of the abnormal artery was possible on the C. T. scans in two cases and a collateral sign as a larger tympanic part of the facial canal was found in the third case inducing a MRI. The incidence of this anomaly is 0.48 per cent from 1,045 dissections of temporal bones but it is generally clinically unrecognized. The hyoïdo-stapedial artery appears and develops at the 7-18 mm embryonic stages. Partial or complete persistence have been described associated with no regression or no division of the ventral pharyngeal artery.
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hal-00722078 , version 1 (31-07-2012)


  • HAL Id : hal-00722078 , version 1
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Bernard Sénécail, Philippe Meriot, Jean-Marc Letourmy, Pierre Forlodou, Michel Nonent. [Persistence of the stapedial artery: three cases].. Morphologie, 2004, 88 (282), pp.139-44. ⟨hal-00722078⟩
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