2 cases of spontaneous cerebrospinal otorrhea, causing recurrent meningitis, are reported. In both children with congenital deafness of the injured ear, nearly identical malformations of the middle and inner ear, were found. A hole in the footplate of the stapes was discovered, as a fistula abundant by discharging cerebrospinal fluid from the labyrinthine cavities. After stopping the leakage with fascia of the temporal muscle, and long-term application of antibiotics, both patients recovered.
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Rosemann, G., Ristow, W. Ohrmißbildung als Ursache rezidivierender Meningitis. Arch Otorhinolaryngol 216, 642–643 (1977). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00459039