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August 1995

Noninvasive Assessment of the Intralabyrinthine PressureA New Technique Applied to Patients With X-linked Progressive Mixed Deafness Syndrome With Perilymphatic Gusher During Stapes Surgery

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Hanover (Germany) Medical School (Dr Ernst), and the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Nijmegen (the Netherlands) (Drs Snik, Mylanus, and Cremers).

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1995;121(8):926-929. doi:10.1001/archotol.1995.01890080092018

In this report, we describe the findings of a noninvasive assessment of the intralabyrinthine pressure in two patients from a family with X-linked progressive, mixed deafness syndrome in whom a perilymphatic gusher occurs during stapes surgery. The so-called tympanic membrane displacement measurement technique could be successfully applied in these two patients (from a total of five patients who were studied) because they still showed a stapedial reflex at 1 kHz, which is mandatory for application of the tympanic membrane displacement measurement technique. The findings were compared with those of age-related control subjects and indicated a significantly elevated intralabyrinthine pressure in the two patients who were observed. The results suggest that the tympanic membrane displacement measurement technique may serve as a screening test in audiological diagnostic studies of perilymphatic hypertension.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1995;121:926-929)