Perilymphatic gusher and stapes surgery. A predictable complication?

Clin Otolaryngol Allied Sci. 1983 Aug;8(4):235-40. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2273.1983.tb01434.x.


The cases of 3 patients who had 'perilymph gushers' following stapes surgery are reported. The similarities in their clinical histories and examinations are discussed. All 3 were males and had progressive mixed deafness presenting in early childhood. Polytomography revealed anomalies in both the vestibule and internal auditory meatus in 1 patient; the stapedial reflex was unexpectedly large in all 3. Further preoperative evaluation of these features in other patients and patients affected by the X-linked deafness syndrome is indicated in order to assess the validity of the above criteria.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Otorrhea / etiology
  • Child
  • Hearing Loss, Bilateral / surgery
  • Hearing Loss, Sensorineural / surgery
  • Humans
  • Labyrinthine Fluids / physiology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Perilymph / physiology*
  • Stapes Surgery / adverse effects*