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Letters to the Editor
December 2001

Facial Nerve Functions at Hospital Discharge After Acoustic Neuroma Surgery

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001;127(12):1518-1519. doi:

We enjoyed the article by Arriaga and Chen in the May issue of the ARCHIVES.1 As we are currently working on a similar retrospective study for comparison of facial nerve outcomes between the retrosigmoid approach and the translabyrinthine approach in patients with medium-size tumors, we wanted to reanalyze their data. Our analysis using the authors' data provided in the article revealed a significant difference (P<.05) in facial nerve functions at "discharge from the hospital." This is contrary to what the authors stated in their article. The bottom half of Table 1 presents our analysis of facial nerve function at discharge according to Table 2 of the article.

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