3 Tesla MR imaging of the large endolymphatic duct and sac anomaly with audiological correlation.

Parlak S., Akgoz Karaosmanoglu A., Ozbal Batuk M., Sennaroglu L., Ozgen B.

European journal of radiology, vol.145, pp.110064, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 145
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2021.110064
  • Journal Name: European journal of radiology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.110064
  • Keywords: Incomplete partition type II, Large endolymphatic duct and sac, Sensorineural hearing loss, VESTIBULAR AQUEDUCT SYNDROME, AREA MEASUREMENT, CT, MODIOLUS
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Purpose: Large endolymphatic duct and sac (LEDS) is one of the most common imaging abnormalities in congenital sensorineural hearing loss and is frequently seen with coexistent cochlear anomalies, especially incomplete partition type II. However, MRI findings of accompanying cochlear and especially modiolar dysplasias may be subtle. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the imaging findings of LEDS with high-resolution imaging at 3 T and correlate with the audiological data. Methods: 3 T temporal bone MRIs of 54 ears in 30 LEDS patients were retrospectively evaluated. The cochlear dysmorphism and modiolar deficiency were assessed qualitatively and quantitatively. The severity of LEDS anomaly, the signal changes within the LEDS and cochlea were also noted. The imaging findings were correlated to the audiological data. Results: The cochlea was abnormal in 77.8% of the ears with an isolated modiolar deficiency in 11.1%. Cochlea and modiolus were completely normal in 11.1% of the ears. In 63% of the ears X-distance was increased. T2 hypointensity within LEDS and cochlea were detected in 42.6%, and 7.4% of the ears, respectively. The median diameters of LEDS were higher in ears with severe to profound HL than ears with normal to moderate HL (p < 0.05). The X-distance, presence of T2 hypointensity within LEDS, and diameters of modiolus did not show statistical correlation with the audiographic data. Conclusion: High-resolution 3 T imaging of patients with LEDS anomaly revealed a spectrum of cochlear anomalies, but up to 11.1% of the ears had no underlying anomaly despite severe (endolymphatic duct/sac) dilatation and/or profound HL.