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05.12.2018 | Otology

Soft tissue reactions following cochlear implantation

Zeitschrift:
European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
Autoren:
Mohnish Grover, Shitanshu Sharma, Tanmaya Kataria, Sunil Samdani, Shubham Agarwal, Shashank Nath Singh

Abstract

Introduction

Cochlear implantation is a boon to children with hearing loss. Rarely, it can be associated with complications. Soft tissue reaction can be a particularly distressing complication.

Materials and methods

The study was conducted on all patients presenting with soft tissue reaction post-cochlear implant in a tertiary care referral institute from March 2011 to June 2018. We graded the severity of soft tissue reaction as per the severity and then managed these patients accordingly.

Results

Thirty-five patients were included in this study. Grade 1 had 12 patients, grade 2 had 9, grade 3 had 4 and grade 4 had 9 patients. Grade 1, 2 and 3 reactions were managed conservatively, while grade 4 required surgery. The incidence of explantations increased with the grade severity.

Conclusion

Soft tissue reaction post-cochlear implant is a rare, but distressing complication. Grading and analyzing them can help us manage them in a better way.

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