Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Ear: vertical canal ablation

Synonym(s): VCA or VECA

Contributor(s): Susan Rackard, Gert ter Haar

Introduction

  • Removal of entire vertical ear canal.

Uses

  • Management of diseases of external ear that are confined to the vertical ear canal, eg tumors and some cases of non-responsive otitis externa Otitis externa.

Disadvantages

  • Most inflammatory conditions of the external ear are not limited solely to the vertical ear canal but encompass the entire ear canal.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • This procedure alone does not completely solve all chronic ear canal diseases.
  • Prognosis is good after complete removal of neoplastic disease.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Smeak D D (1997) Traumatic separation of the annular cartilage from the external auditory meatus in a cat. JAVMA 211 (4), 448-450 PubMed.
  • McCarthy R J & Caywood D D (1992) Vertical ear canal for treatment of chronic otitis externa. JAAHA 28, 545.
  • Tirgari M (1988) Long-term evaluation of the pull-through technique for vertical canal ablation for the treatment of otitis externa in dogs and cats. JSAP 29 (3), 165-75 VetMedResource.
  • Tirgari M & Pinniger R S (1986) Pull-through technique for vertical canal ablation for the treatment of otitis externa in dogs and cats. JSAP 27 (3), 123-31 VetMedResource.
  • Hitt M E (1980) Ablation of the ear canal for treatment of chronic suppurative otitis externa in a cat. Vet Med Small Anim Clin 75 (6), 1007-1009 PubMed.
  • Siemering G H (1980) Resection of the vertical ear canal for treatment of chronic otitis externa. JAAHA 16 (5), 753-8 VetMedResource.

Other sources of information

  • Ter Haar G (2016) Surgery of the ear. In: Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases of the Dog and Cat. 1st edn. Harvey R G & Ter Haar G (eds). CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, London. pp 427-448.
  • Ter Haar G (2015) Ear Canal Surgery. In: Complications in Small Animal Surgery. Griffon D & Hamaide A (eds), Wiley-Blackwell, Iowa. pp 155-163.


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