Mount Sinai neurotologists are experts in endoscopic ear surgery, a minimally invasive approach that is only performed in a small number of centers. This is a video of a patient who had come to the office with facial paralysis and hearing loss, with blood behind the ear drum. After performing a CT scan and MRI, a benign but bloody growth of the facial nerve known as a hemangioma was identified behind the ear drum. Because the face was paralyzed, the decision was made to remove it. This patient had an excellent outcome, with full return of facial function in the weeks after surgery and an improvement in hearing. Other tumors of the temporal bone and surrounding areas may cause facial paralysis, including parotid tumors, skull base tumors, and skin cancers that have invaded the ear.
George Wanna, MD, FACS Chair of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai Beth Israel Chief, Division of Otology-Neurotology Mount Sinai Health System Professor of Otolaryngology, and Neurosurgery Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Maura K. Cosetti, MD Director, Ear Institute at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEE) of Mount Sinai Director, Cochlear Implant Program Mount Sinai Health System
Enrique R. Perez, MD, MBA Director of Otology-Neurotology The Mount Sinai Hospital Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology Mount Sinai Health System
Zachary G. Schwam, MD Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Division of Otology-Neurotology, Lateral Skull Base Surgery Mount Sinai Health System