COVID-19 and ear endoscopy in otologic practices

Stephane Ayache, Walter Kutz, Brandon Isaacson, Mohamed Badr-El-Dine, Joao Flavio Nogueira, Daniele Marchioni, Livio Presutti

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Purpose: Otolaryngologists have had to postpone the majority of surgical procedures in the current COVID-19 pandemic. Airborne transmission, beyond the projection of droplets from upper airways, expose healthcare workers to a risk of viral infection. Aerosol generating procedures (AGP) increase the risk of viral transmission to staff within the operating room. Methods: Surgery of middle ear and mastoid is also considered an AGP, particularly mastoidectomy performed using a high-speed drill. The authors report their experience in endoscopic ear surgery as an alternative technique to reduce AGP in otologic procedures. Results: Transcanal endoscopic ear surgery is a reliable technique used to manage many otologic conditions. Conclusion: The endoscopic approach may reduce the risk of viral transmission to operating room staff by reducing the need for mastoidectomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2133-2135
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Ear
  • Endoscopy
  • Microscopy
  • Otology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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