Cochlear implantation requiring a retrofacial approach to the round window

Kyle P. Allen, Loren J. Bartels, Brandon Isaacson

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Abstract

Objective To describe three cases of cochlear implantation utilizing a retrofacial approach to the round window. Study Design Retrospective case review. Patients Three patients with sensorineural hearing loss undergoing cochlear implantation. Interventions Cochlear implantation via a retrofacial approach to the round window. Results Three patients were noted to have inadequate visualization of the round window using a standard posterior tympanotomy at the time of their cochlear implant surgery. A retrofacial approach was performed to provide exposure of the round window to ensure correct placement of the electrode array. Intraoperative photos and postoperative imaging are demonstrated. Conclusion When a laterally or anteriorly positioned facial nerve obscures visualization of the round window, a retrofacial approach is a possible route to visualize the round window.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e84-e86
JournalOtology and Neurotology
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015

Keywords

  • Anomalous facial nerve
  • Cochlear implants
  • Retrofacial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Clinical Neurology

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