External auditory canal atresia of probable congenital origin in a dog

J Small Anim Pract. 2007 Apr;48(4):233-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5827.2006.00241.x.


A nine-month-old Labrador retriever was referred to the Clinica Veterinaria Privata San Marco because of frequent headshaking and downward turning of the right ear. Clinical examination revealed that there was no external acoustic meatus in the right ear. Computed tomography confirmed that the vertical part of the right auditory canal ended blindly, providing a diagnosis of external auditory canal atresia. Cytological examination and culture of fluid from the canal and the bulla revealed only aseptic cerumen; for this reason, it was assumed that the dog was probably affected by a congenital developmental deformity of the external auditory canal. Reconstructive surgery was performed using a "pull-through" technique. Four months after surgery the cosmetic and functional results were satisfactory.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Dogs / abnormalities*
  • Dogs / surgery*
  • Ear Canal / abnormalities*
  • Ear Canal / surgery*
  • Ear, Middle / abnormalities
  • Ear, Middle / surgery
  • Male
  • Treatment Outcome