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Clinical Note
November 15, 2010

Traumatic Impact to Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid Resulting in Epidural Hematoma

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Division of Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (Drs German, Fine, and Djalilian), and Department of Biomedical Engineering (Dr Djalilian), University of California–Irvine, Orange.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010;136(11):1136-1138. doi:10.1001/archoto.2010.186

In the present case we describe (to our knowledge) the previously unreported complication of epidural hematoma resulting from head trauma in a child with a bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA) implant. Although rare, such a potentially devastating complication merits recognition in the literature because it has implications for preoperative counseling and patient consent. Specifically, parents of children undergoing BAHA surgery should be aware of the increased danger associated with trauma to the osseointegrated implant.

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