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[Traumatic perilymphatic fistula of round and oval windows (four cases reported)].

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, Second Affiliated Hospital of Hunan Medical University, Changsha 410011.



To explore the diagnosis and treatment to traumatic perilymph fistula (PLF) of round and oval window.


Traumatic PLF was diagnosed by the traumatic history of head, neck and ear, the examinations of auditory and vestibular function, and the exploratory tympanotomy. The PLF of round and oval windows were repaired by fascia graft or tragus perichondrium and gelform. Four cases with traumatic PLF of round and oval window were reported in this paper, which included 2 cases hitten by hand, 1 by brick, 1 insulted by middle ear surgery. Exploratory tympanotomy was performed from one and half to nine months after injury. One case was misdiagnosed as Meniere's disease before confirming PLF. Exploration and repair of PLF underwent in all cases.


The symptom of vertigo relieved in all cases after surgery, while the hearing recovery was not evident.


1. Traumatic PLF is unrare, hence, traumatic PLF should be alerted if patients suffer from vertigo and hearing impairment after head and ear injury. 2. The features with vertigo attacks, fluctuating hearing loss and tinnutis should be distinguished from Meniere's disease. 3. Early exploratory tympanotomy and repair of PLF are effective for relieving vertigo and improving hearing.

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