Soft tissue reactions following cochlear implantation
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Cochlear implantation is a boon to children with hearing loss. Rarely, it can be associated with complications. Soft tissue reaction can be a particularly distressing complication.
Materials and methods
The study was conducted on all patients presenting with soft tissue reaction post-cochlear implant in a tertiary care referral institute from March 2011 to June 2018. We graded the severity of soft tissue reaction as per the severity and then managed these patients accordingly.
Thirty-five patients were included in this study. Grade 1 had 12 patients, grade 2 had 9, grade 3 had 4 and grade 4 had 9 patients. Grade 1, 2 and 3 reactions were managed conservatively, while grade 4 required surgery. The incidence of explantations increased with the grade severity.
Soft tissue reaction post-cochlear implant is a rare, but distressing complication. Grading and analyzing them can help us manage them in a better way.
KeywordsCochlear implantation Soft tissue reaction Revision surgery
This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Compliance with ethical standards
Conflict of interest
All the authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
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