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Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 1977 Jan-Feb;86(1 Pt 1):17-29.

Labyrinthitis ossificans.


Three cases with postinflammatory inner ear sequelae are presented to illustrate unusual histopathologic changes. Endolymphatic hydrops without changes in the perilymphatic system was present in one ear following "influenza" meningitis and labyrinthitis ossificans in the contralateral ear. The characteristic histopathological changes of the temporal bones with hematogenic bacterial infection were an extensive labyrinthine ossification associated with a generalized sclerotic change of the whole periotic bone. Bony fixation of the stapedial footplate occurred with the generalized inflammatory process of the otic capsule. Severe and diffuse labyrinthitis ossificans occurred in one case due to tympanogenic inflammation spreading through the round window membrane in the course of suppurative otitis media. A general immunosuppression leading to fatal termination was the apparent factor predisposing to the inner ear complication.

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