Computed tomographic characteristics of pneumolabyrinth in a French bulldog with otitis media and externa.

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Abstract

A four-year-old female French bulldog was presented for evaluation of acute, left-sided peripheral vestibular syndrome. Computed tomographic (CT) examination of the head revealed the presence of air within the left cochlea and vestibule, consistent with pneumolabyrinth. This was concurrent with ipsilateral otitis media and externa. Pneumolabyrinth is an uncommon finding in humans and is most frequently due to head trauma and temporal bone fracture. This is the first report describing pneumolabyrinth in a dog, apparently of nontraumatic origin in this case.

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