Complications in children with long-term cochlear implants

Yong-Song Lin, Fei Peng Lee, Shu Chen Peng

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Abstract

Objectives: To evaluate the complications in children who underwent cochlear implantation between 1991 and 2002 at Chi Mei Medical Center, Taipei Medical University. Method: The medical records of 169 cases of pediatric cochlear implants from 1991 to 2002 with a follow-up period of 3-11 years were reviewed for demographics and complications. A follow-up phone call and clinical visits were performed to determine the long-term results. Results: The medical-surgical complications were facial nerve stimulation, transient dizziness, flap breakdown, minor change of taste, cholesteatoma, otitis media with effusion and mastoiditis. The device-related complications included 4 device failures and 1 device breakage in a traffic accident. Conclusion: Chronic otitis media and cholesteatoma developed in children as long-term complications and surgical challenges. Nevertheless, cochlear implantation surgery in children is a reliable and safe procedure with a low percentage of severe complications. To prevent cholesteatoma formation, parents are advised to schedule a regular ENT consultation at least yearly for early identification and treatment in the stages of acute otitis media or drum retraction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-242
Number of pages6
JournalORL
Volume68
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

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Cholesteatoma
Cochlear Implants
Cochlear Implantation
Otitis Media
Mastoiditis
Equipment Failure
Equipment and Supplies
Otitis Media with Effusion
Traffic Accidents
Facial Nerve
Dizziness
Medical Records
Appointments and Schedules
Referral and Consultation
Parents
Demography
Pediatrics
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Cholesteatoma
  • Hearing disorders, pediatrics
  • Otitis media with effusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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Complications in children with long-term cochlear implants. / Lin, Yong-Song; Lee, Fei Peng; Peng, Shu Chen.

In: ORL, Vol. 68, No. 4, 06.2006, p. 237-242.

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Lin, Yong-Song ; Lee, Fei Peng ; Peng, Shu Chen. / Complications in children with long-term cochlear implants. In: ORL. 2006 ; Vol. 68, No. 4. pp. 237-242.
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