Hearing preservation in patients with labyrinthine fistula

Anamaria Gocea, Brigida Vidal, Charlotte Panuschka, Manuel Bernal-Sprekelsen & Pilar Epprecht
Introduction: The management of labyrinthine fistula has been controversially debated. Methods: Retrospective study on 28 patients with labyrinthine fistulae found during cholesteatoma surgery; in all cases total matrix removal was performed, the fistula covered with bone dust, periostium and/or cartilage. 23 patients received intraoperatively a high dosage of iv steroids about 15 minutes before handling the fistula. As outcome measurements we compared the preoperative and postoperative bone conduction to assess the inner ear function. Results:...