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October 1969

Bilateral Deafness Due to Stapes Surgery

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;90(4):467-469. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770030469010

INNER ear complications occurring early and late following stapes surgery have been well documented.1-10 A review of the articles would indicate the complications were always unilateral. The following case report illustrates an early postoperative complication in one ear and a later postoperative complication in the other ear. The result was bilateral or total deafness.

Report of a Case  The patient was an 18-year-old white girl who was referred to me Aug 6, 1968 at her parents' request. Stapes surgery had previously been performed in another city. The left ear was operated on in 1962 and the right ear in 1963. The patient and her parents were reconciled to the permanent deafness in each ear. They were seeking assistance to relieve the patient's recurrent vertigo and difficulty in walking. Complete medical records had been made available to the parents. The more important details were extracted for this report.History.