Cholesteatoma Induced Labyrinthine Fistula: Is Aggressiveness in Removing Disease Justified?

Prem Sagar, K. Devaraja, Rajeev Kumar, Sumanth Bolu, Suresh C. Sharma

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Issues of complete disease clearance and hearing preservation in cholesteatoma induced labyrinthine fistula cases has been discussed and updated in this article. Successful disease clearance and hearing preservation in a case of cholesteatoma induced isolated cochlear promontory fistula encouraged us to retrospectively analyse 13 more cases of cholesteatoma induced labyrinthine fistula who presented in emergency service as complicated chronic suppurtive otitis media. Pre-operatively nine patients experienced vertigo, two had profound sensori neural hearing loss and radiology was suggestive of labyrinthine fistula in 12 patients. Lateral semicircular canal was involved in 13 cases. In all cases cholesteatoma matrix was completely removed from the fistula site irrespective of the fistula size and hearing status. Hearing was preserved in 11 out of 12 patients. Gentle and meticulous removal of the matrix and careful repair of labyrinthine fistula delivers significant hearing preservation rate along with a safe and dry ear which avoids a second look surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-209
Number of pages6
JournalIndian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-06-2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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