OBJECTIVES: To identify the main tomographic findings of otosclerosis and to evaluate the usefulness of high-resolution computed tomography as a diagnostic method for this osteodystrophy. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: A prospective and multicenter study consisting of computed tomography (CT) of the temporal bone was conducted on 54 patients with a clinical and surgical diagnosis of otosclerosis. Twenty-two patients were included in the control group. RESULTS: The CT scan was positive in 87% of the patients. The tomographic findings were mainly bilateral and fenestral foci were more prevalent. CONCLUSIONS: CT showed a high rate of positivity, mainly for fenestral lesions. Foci anterior to the oval window were the most prevalent in this population. SIGNIFICANCE: CT is useful as a diagnostic method and therapeutic indicator of otosclerosis. EBM rating: B-3b © 2006 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, Inc. All rights reserved.
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