Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Ear: total ear canal ablation

Synonym(s): TECA

Contributor(s): Joseph Harari, Gert ter Haar

Introduction

  • Removal of the entire external ear canal, ie vertical and horizontal ear canals.
  • To remove chronic pain and inflammation associated with chronic ear disease, establish temporary drainage of tympanic bullae and peri-auricular tissues in case of infection.
  • Prevent future episodes of otitis externa.

Uses

  • Chronic proliferative changes in the ear canal Skin: otitis externa.
  • Complete horizontal ear canal stenosis Otitis externa chronic - stenosis (hyperplastic changes).
  • Para-aural abscessation (eg after trauma or severe infections).
  • Unremitting external and/or middle ear disease Otitis media.
  • Neoplastic diseases of the ear canal or bulla.
  • Failed lateral or vertical resection (TECA as a salvage procedure).
  • Cholesteatoma.

Advantages

Disadvantages

  • Higher degree of complications compared with other surgical procedures of the ear canal.
  • Reduction in hearing capacity, near complete conductive hearing loss after the procedure.

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

  • With care, extremely successful in resolving the most recalcitrant of chronic ear diseases.
  • Up to 90% success rates reported.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Hardie E M, Linder K E & Pease A P (2008) Aural cholesteatoma in twenty dogs. Vet Surg 37 (8), 763-770 PubMed.
  • Doyle R S, Skelly C & Bellenger C R (2004) Surgical management of 43 cases of chronic otitis externa in the dog. Irish Vet J 57 (1), 22-30 PubMed.
  • White R A (1998) The ear: surgery for chronic otitis. Vet Q 20 (Suppl 1), S7-9 PubMed.
  • Devitt C M, Seim H B 3rd, Willer R et al (1997) Passive drainage versus primary closure after total ear canal ablation-lateral bulla osteotomy in dogs: 59 dogs (1985-1995). Vet Surg 26 (3), 210-216 PubMed.
  • Buback J L, Boothe H W, Carroll G L et al (1996) Comparison of three methods for relief of pain after ear canal ablation in dogs. Vet Surg 25 (5), 380-385 PubMed.
  • Holt D, Brockman D J, Sylvestre A M et al (1996) Lateral exploration of fistulas developing after total ear canal ablations: 10 cases (1989-1993). JAAHA 32, (6), 527-530 PubMed.
  •  Smeak D D, Crocker C B & Birchard S J (1996) Treatment of recurrent otitis media that developed after total ear canal ablation and lateral bulla osteotomy in dogs: nine cases (1986-1994). JAVMA 209 (5), 937-942 PubMed.
  • Henderson J T, Radasch R M (1995) Total ear canal ablation with lateral bulla osteotomy for the management of end-stage otitis in dogs. Comp Cont Ed Pract Vet 17 (2), 157-61 VetMedResource.
  • Krahwinkel  D J, Pardo A D, Sims M H et al (1993) Effect of total ablation of the external acoustic meatus and bulla osteotomy on auditory function in dogs. JAVMA 202 (6), 949-952 PubMed.
  • Smeak D D & Kerpsack S J (1993) Total ear canal ablation and lateral bulla osteotomy for management of end-stage otitis. Semin Vet Med Surg (Small Anim) (1), 30-41 PubMed.
  • Williams J M & White R A S (1992) Total ear canal ablation combined with lateral bulla osteotomy in the cat. JSAP 33 (5),  225-227 VetMedResource.
  • Elkins A D (1991) Surgery of the external ear canal. Problems in Veterinary Medicine (2), 239-253 PubMed.
  • Beckman S L, Henry W B Jr & Cechner P (1990) Total ear canal ablation combining bulla osteotomy and curettage in dogs with chronic otitis externa and media. JAVMA 196 (1), 84-90 PubMed.
  • Matthieson D T & Scavelli T (1990) Total ear canal ablation and lateral bulla osteotomy in 38 dogs. JAAHA 26 (3), 257-267 VetMedResource.
  • Sharp N J (1990) Chronic otitis externa and otitis media treated by total ear canal ablation and ventral bulla osteotomy in thirteen dogs. Vet Surg 19 (2), 162-166 PubMed.
  • White R A S & Pomeroy C J (1990) Total ear canal ablation and lateral bulla osteotomy in the dog. JSAP 31 (11), 547-553 VetMedResource.
  • Payne J T, Shell L G, Flora R M et al (1989) Hearing loss in dogs subjected to total ear canal ablation. Vet Surg 18 (1), 60 VetMedResource.
  • Mason L K, Harvey C E & Orsher R J (1988) Total ear canal ablation combined with lateral bulla osteotomy for end-stage otitis in dogs. Results in thirty dogs. Vet Surg 17 (5), 263-268 PubMed.
  • Lane J G & Little C J L (1986) Surgery of the canine external auditory meatus: a review of failures. JSAP 27 (4),  247-54 VetMedResource.
  • Smeak D D & DeHoff W D (1986) Total ear canal ablation: clinical results in the dog and cat. Vet Surg 15 (2), 161-170 VetMedResource.   
  • Harvey C E (1980) Ear canal disease in the dog: medical and surgical management.  JAVMA 177 (2), 136-139 PubMed.    

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, ed. RG Harvey and G ter Haar G, pp 427-448. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, London
  • Ter Haar, G (2015).Ear Canal Surgery. In Complications in Small Animal Surgery. ed. D Griffon and A Hamaide, pp 155-163. Wiley-Blackwell, Iowa.
  • Smeak D D (2011) Management of Complications Associated with Total Ear Canal Ablation and Bulla Osteotomy in Dogs and Cats.Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 41, 981-994.
  • Ter Haar G (2006) Basic principles of surgery of the external ear (pinna and ear canal). In: The Cutting Edge: Basic operating skills for the veterinary surgeon, eds. J. Kirpensteijn & W.R. Klein, 1st edn, Roman House Publishers, London, UK, pp. 272-283.
  • Venker-van Haagen A J (2005) The Ear. In: Venker-van Haagen A J Ear, Nose, Throat, and Tracheobronchial Diseases in Dogs and Cats. Hannover: Schl├╝tersche.
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  • Bojrab M J & Constantinescu G M (1998) Treatment of Otitis Externa. In: Current Techniques in Small Animal Surgery, ed. M.J. Bojrab, 4th edn, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, Maryland, pp. 98-101.
  • McCarthy P E & McCarthy R J (1994) Surgery of the ear. The Veterinary clinics of North America Small Animal Practice 24(5), 953-969.
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