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January 1956

The Reaction of the Cochlea Following a Fenestration Operation

Author Affiliations

Warmond, Netherlands

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1956;63(1):21-24. doi:10.1001/archotol.1956.03830070023006
Abstract

The most important contributions to the present surgical treatment of otosclerosis have been made by Holmgren, Sourdille, and Lempert. Their pioneer work has led to the development of an operation which today is being performed throughout the world. If a fenestration operation is performed successfully, the resulting improvement of hearing causes a total change in the patient's everyday life. This operation, therefore, in its present form is of paramount importance for hard of hearing otosclerosis patients.

The operative results obtained are highly variable. The literature shows that a satisfactory improvement of hearing is obtained in 50%-85% of the surgical cases. The considerable variation is attributable partly to differences in the standards used in the interpretation of results.

During the period April, 1947, to April, 1952, I performed 402 fenestration operations. The results obtained satisfied the patients in 76.4% of cases. However, it is not my intention to discuss the

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