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October 1988

Long-term Results in Labyrinthectomy

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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988;114(10):1084. doi:10.1001/archotol.1988.01860220018006

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At the Middle Section meeting of the Triological Society, Ann Arbor, Mich, Jan 23, 1988, Samuel E. Levine, MD, Minneapolis, Michael E. Glasscock III, MD, Nashville, Tenn, and Kevin S. McKennan, MD, Sacramento, Calif, presented their findings regarding the long-term results of labyrinthectomy.

Employing a retrospective questionnaire-based study, the authors contacted 75 patients who had undergone translabyrinthine labyrinthectomies at least ten years prior to being considered candidates for entry into the review. From this group, 21 subjects responded.

Results showed that 37% of patients were without symptoms, although 79% of patients responded that their clinical picture was significantly improved. Sixteen percent of patients reported that their symptoms were the same or worse.

The authors looked at contralateral hearing changes, noting that 37% of patients reported a decrease in hearing while 5% of patients reported an improvement. The majority (58%) of patients remained stable. Other data examined looked at patient activity

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