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Laryngoscope. 2004 Dec;114(12):2252-4.

Electrosurgery after cochlear implantation: eighth nerve electrophysiology.

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Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin, 9200 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53226, U.S.A.

Abstract

HYPOTHESIS:

Monopolar electrosurgery below the neck in cochlear implant recipients can be performed without damage to the internal cochlear stimulator, electrode array, and the cochlear nerve.

STUDY DESIGN:

Prospective pre- and postintervention electrically evoked compound action potential (ECAP) study of cochlear nerve function and behavioral sound perception assessment.

METHODS:

Neural response telemetry (NRT) was used to measure ECAPs before and after the use of monopolar electrosurgery during coronary artery bypass surgery to assess prosthetic device function and electrophysiologic function of the cochlear nerve. In addition, electrode voltage impedances and behavioral sound perception was measured at the same time intervals.

RESULTS:

ECAPs, behavioral sound perception, and electrode voltage impedances were within the normal range, within compliance, and similar preoperatively and on postoperative day 6.

CONCLUSION:

The studies reported herein were a series of measurements designed to test neural integrity and prosthetic device function before and after the use of monopolar electrosurgery. With appropriate precautions, use of monopolar electrosurgery below the neck in cochlear implant recipients can be performed safely.

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