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October 1970

Vestibular Cholesteatoma in Stapedectomy

Arch Otolaryngol. 1970;92(4):394-395. doi:10.1001/archotol.1970.04310040082016

This patient had four operations performed on the left ear. In the beginning he had an uncomplicated otosclerosis of average severity and in the end, a "dead" ear. The time span was five years. At one point, following the original stapedectomy, the hearing improvement amounted to an overclosure of the air-bone gap. The course of the hearing acuity, while apparently stabilized for two years, was downhill. The specific complaint over the five-year period was periodic vertigo. The final finding was a cholesteatoma which filled the vestibule.