The petromastoid canal in the young child: Appearance on computed tomography

Christoph Kenis, Michael Ditchfield, Eldho Paul, Paul M. Parizel, Stephen Stuckey

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Objective: The adult petromastoid canal (PMC) is a thin anatomical structure, but in young children, it can be wide on high resolution CT (HRCT) scans. We performed this study to evaluate the year-by-year change in width and shape of the PMC in the young child.

Materials and methods: We retrospectively reviewed temporal bone HRCT scans, performed between 2007 and 2012. Eighty children were included (age range: 0.3-6.9 years; median age: 3.1 years; 56% male). All scans had a slice thickness of

Results: The average width of the PMC was 1.95 mm in children = 2 (p <0.001). We categorized the PMC into 4 subtypes. A bulky (type III) PMC was predominant

Conclusion: A wide PMC (>= 1 mm) is a common finding in children

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)803-807
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes


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