Glial choristoma of the middle ear

Ear Nose Throat J. 2013 Dec;92(12):555-7.


Glial choristomas are isolated masses of mature brain tissue that are found outside the spinal cord or cranial cavity. These masses are rare, especially in the middle ear. We describe the case of an 81-year-old man who presented with left-sided chronic otitis media, mastoiditis, hearing loss, tinnitus, and aural fullness. He was found to have a glial choristoma of the middle ear on the left. Otologic surgeons should be aware of the possibility of finding such a mass in the middle ear and be familiar with the differences in treatment between glial choristomas and the more common encephaloceles.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Brain*
  • Choristoma / diagnosis*
  • Choristoma / surgery*
  • Ear Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Ear Diseases / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed