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J Otolaryngol. 2000 Oct;29(5):285-9.

Surgical outcome after paediatric cochlear implantation: diminution of complications with the evolution of new surgical techniques.

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Department of Orolaryngology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Cochlear implantation is a commonly performed surgical procedure with specific aspects in the paediatric population. The surgical outcome associated with this procedure in a paediatric population is analyzed.

METHOD:

A retrospective study was performed of all children receiving a cochlear implant at The Hospital for Sick Children from 1990 to 1998. During this period, 104 patients received a cochlear implant.

RESULTS:

The complications encountered were classified as major (4%), minor (3%), and device failure (2%). The surgical techniques developed to decrease complications are discussed.

CONCLUSION:

Paediatric cochlear implantation is a safe procedure with a low incidence of complications. Nevertheless, the surgeon is now facing new challenges with cochlear implantation performed in patients with an abnormal cochlea, who carry a higher rate of complications, and cochlear reimplantation in case of device failure.

PMID:
11108487
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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