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Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 1992;249(5):257-62.

Intraoperative monitoring by transtympanic electrocochleography and brainstem electrical response audiometry in acoustic neuroma surgery.

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Department of Otolaryngology, University of Tübingen, Federal Republic of Germany.


The preservation of hearing is a major aim of contemporary temporal bone surgery. Our present findings demonstrate that intraoperative monitoring is a key method for attaining serviceable postoperative hearing after the removal of an acoustic neuroma. Both electrocochleography (ECoG) and brainstem electrical response audiometry were performed in 96 patients operated on for acoustic neuromas. The specificity of the different monitoring methods was affected by surgical manipulations in addition to such non-specific influences as CSF drainage, core body temperature and anesthesia. In the present study ECoG was found to be more reliable in assessing the intra- and postoperative course with respect to the preservation of cochlear function.

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