THERE have been several papers in the last few years, particulary in mountainous areas, on the occurrence of oval window fistulas after stapes procedures,1-3 but it does not appear to have been recognized that fistulas can and do occur in normal ears after head injury.
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Case 1.—A 35-year-old man was first seen on April 13, 1967. He had hit his head on a steel bar of a train window. He did not lose consciousness. He had some headache following this and noticed hearing loss in the left ear.On examination, both ear drums were normal. An audiometric test showed a 35 db loss in the speech tones on the left ear. There was also a corresponding drop in bone conduction. Speech discrimination was 100% in the left ear when the right ear was masked. He did not experience any dizziness at that time. He started to
Fee GA. Traumatic Perilymphatic Fistulas. Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;88(5):477–480. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00770010479005
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