Revision cochlear implantation in children

Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2012 Feb;45(1):205-19. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2011.09.005.


Revision cochlear implant (RCI) surgery has become an important tool for the management of cochlear implantation complications. This review encompasses both common and uncommon indications of RCI, diagnostic and management considerations, outcomes, surgical principles, and emerging applications. In summary, early identification of complications and suboptimal device performance is imperative for children who are in critical periods of communicative development. Independent of indications, most RCI achieve a successful restoration of sound. Although rare, it is prudent to discuss the potential complications of revision surgery and their implications with patients and their families.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Cochlear Implantation / adverse effects*
  • Cochlear Implants / adverse effects*
  • Device Removal
  • Equipment Failure
  • Humans
  • Reoperation