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June 1969

Wegener's Granulomatosis Following Stapedectomy

Author Affiliations

Malmo, Sweden
From the Department of Oto-rhinolaryngology and the Department of Pathology, General Hospital, Malmo, Sweden.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(6):826-829. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020828007

THE formation of granulomas in the middle ear as a complication to stapedectomy is relatively uncommon. Some cases have been published by Harris and Weiss1 and by Rock.2 Kaufmann and Schuknecht3 have recently (1967) described ten more cases. In all of them the granulomas had a benign histological picture and appeared mostly within the first six postoperative weeks. Absorbable gelatin sponge (Gelfoam) wire implants resulted in such reparative granulomas as often as fat-wire implants. The main symptom was curiously enough a bone conduction hearing loss with little or no air conductive component. After reoperation and cleansing of the oval window the hearing was reestablished.

As far as we know, no case of Wegener's granulomatosis has been reported in the middle ear following stapedectomy. Also spontaneous debut of this disease, localized to the middle ear, seems to be uncommon even if such a place were appropriate because the

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