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Chorda tympani nerve function after middle ear surgery.
1,2) However, access through the superior opening of the facial recess is limited by the presence of both the facial nerve and the chorda tympani nerve.
In our case, sacrifice of the chorda tympani nerve or repeated stimulation of the dehiscent bifid facial nerve might have provided the stimuli for viral reactivation.
The operation proceeded without incident (the chorda tympani nerve, the stapedial tendon, and both the anterior and posterior crura of the stapes were identified) until a facial nerve dehiscence was noted.
The chorda tympani nerve deserves a great deal of attention.