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October 1983

Recurrent Meningitis due to a Congenital Fistula in the Stapedial Footplate

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Hiroshima University School of Medicine.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1983;109(10):697-700. doi:10.1001/archotol.1983.00800240063012

• A patient with recurrent meningitis had spontaneous CSF leakage from the fistula of the stapedial footplate. The patient was a 7-year-old boy with profuse CSF otorrhea, proved by myringotomy. A roentgenographic examinatioin and computed tomography scan of the temporal bone demonstrated an abnormal bony labyrinth. During the operation, a leak was found at the fistula of the stapedial footplate. Surgical obliteration of the fistula with temporal muscle and fascia has prevented the recurrence of meningitis.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1983;109:697-700)

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