Pontine tegmental cap dysplasia: The neurotologic perspective

Nilesh K. Desai, Lindsay Young, Mario A. Miranda, Joe Walter Kutz, Peter S. Roland, Timothy N. Booth

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Objectives. Pontine tegmental cap dysplasia (PTCD) is a rare congenital malformation. Clinical and imaging findings in 3 patients and the authors' experience with bilateral cochlear implantation in 1 patient are described. Study Design. Retrospective review. Setting. Two tertiary medical centers. Subjects and Methods. Three patients were evaluated by an otolaryngologist and underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the temporal bones and brain. High-resolution computed tomography (CT) scanning of the temporal bones was performed in 2 patients. Imaging findings of the brain, the presence and course of resolvable cranial nerves, the membranous labyrinth, and internal auditory canals were reviewed. Clinical data were reviewed. Results. All patients demonstrated typical brain characteristics of PTCD. Mild, bilateral cochlear dysplasia was noted in 2, and all had a normal vestibular labyrinth. The cochleovestibular nerves were universally absent bilaterally. The facial nerves were subjectively deficient bilaterally in 1 patient, unilaterally in the second patient, and normal in the third. An accessory canal for the seventh cranial nerve, referred to as a duplicated internal auditory canal, was present in all patients. Auditory brainstem response testing revealed profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss in all of the patients; none suffered facial weakness. A single patient underwent bilateral cochlear implantation with only minimal response. Conclusion. The authors report 3 cases of PTCD with emphasis on imaging of the seventh and eighth cranial nerves and clinical neurotologic findings. All patients manifested duplicated internal auditory canals, a previously unreported finding in PTCD. Bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss is due to absence of the cochleovestibular nerve. Prognosis for cochlear implantation is poor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)992-998
Number of pages7
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • Cochlear implant
  • Duplicated internal auditory canal
  • Molar tooth
  • PTCD
  • Pontine tegmental cap dysplasia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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