Persistent stapedial artery

J Laryngol Otol. 1992 Mar;106(3):254-7. doi: 10.1017/s0022215100119206.


Persistence of the stapedial artery is rare. A case is presented in which the stapedial artery was found over the footplate during stapes surgery. The technical problems encountered are discussed. A wire prosthesis has previously been used in the presence of a persistent stapedial artery and we describe the use of an all Teflon prosthesis. A subsequent CT scan demonstrated the vessel in the middle ear. An outline of the embryology of the stapedial artery is given and the literature reviewed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arteries / abnormalities
  • Arteries / embryology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Ossicular Prosthesis
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene
  • Stapes / blood supply*
  • Stapes Surgery*


  • Polytetrafluoroethylene