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March 1976

Immediate and Short-Term Complications of Chronic Ear Surgery

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Helsinki (Dr T. Palva), and the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Oulu (Drs A. Palva and Kärjä), Finland.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1976;102(3):137-139. doi:10.1001/archotol.1976.00780080059004

• Complications of chronic ear surgery in a series of 2,192 operations are reported. Inadvertent opening of the inner ear occurred in 18 cases, leading to deafness in six ears. Four ears became deaf without apparent cause, for a total of ten (0.5%). High-tone sensorineural losses resulted in 3% of the ears. Facial nerve paralysis occurred in ten ears; in one of these, a graft was employed during primary surgery. All patients had a good recovery. It is stressed that to keep the number of complications at a minimum, strict rules must be followed and sufficient supervision offered in chronic ear surgery in teaching institutions.

(Arch Otolaryngol 102:137-139, 1976)

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