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Research Letter
January 14, 2020

Incidence of Infectious Complications Following Cochlear Implantation in Children and Adults

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, St Louis, Missouri
  • 2Division of Infectious Diseases, Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, St Louis, Missouri
JAMA. 2020;323(2):182-183. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.18611

Cochlear implantation is the treatment of choice for patients with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss.1 Infection following cochlear implantation can result in hearing loss secondary to implant removal and, rarely, meningitis.2 Published rates of infection after cochlear implantation vary widely (1.4%-8.2%),3,4 and there is a paucity of generalizable, large-scale data regarding the risks of infection after implantation. This study aimed to determine the incidence and timing of infectious complications following cochlear implantation.

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