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Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol Suppl. 1995 Sep;166:449-53.

Cochlear reimplantation.

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University Department of Otolaryngology, Manchester Royal Infirmary, England.

Abstract

Since its inception in 1988, the Cochlear Implant Programme in Manchester has successfully implanted 61 adults and 15 children. Of these 76 patients, 3 have undergone revision surgery, and these cases are presented. One patient was a 43-year-old blind man who underwent routine implantation with a Nucleus device. Six weeks after implantation the patient experienced sudden device failure following an electric shock from a domestic appliance. The patient was reimplanted with a similar device 3 weeks later and is making good progress. Assessment of the original implant showed a failure of one of the capacitors in the receiver-stimulator circuit. The second patient was a 51-year-old woman who underwent routine implantation with a Nucleus 22-channel device. The patient's audiologic performance fluctuated, and 14 months after the original procedure the patient was reimplanted. Analysis by the manufacturer suggested that the original implant was unstable at higher temperatures. The third patient, a 55-year-old woman, was implanted with an Ineraid multichannel device into the right cochlea. A postoperative radiograph showed the implant to be incorrectly positioned, and the procedure was revised 4 weeks later. Here it was found that the electrode system was running across the promontory, toward the eustachian tube orifice. This was reimplanted with satisfactory results.

PMID:
7668748
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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