Meningitis after cochlear implantation in Mondini malformation

Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997 Jan;116(1):104-6. doi: 10.1016/S0194-59989770358-9.


Although the potential for CSF leakage and subsequent meningitis after cochlear implantation in the malformed cochlea has been recognized, this complication has not been previously reported. We report a case of CSF otorhinorrhea and meningitis after minor head trauma developing 2 years after cochlear implantation in a child with Mondini malformation. Leakage of CSF was identified from the cochleostomy around the electrode of the implant, and this leak was sealed with a temporalis fascia and muscle plug. Although this complication appears to be rare, care must be taken to seal the cochleostomy in children with inner ear malformations at the initial surgery, and any episode of meningitis after surgery must be thoroughly investigated to rule out CSF leakage from the labyrinth.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Rhinorrhea / etiology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cochlea / abnormalities*
  • Cochlea / diagnostic imaging
  • Cochlea / surgery
  • Cochlear Implants*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Meningitis, Bacterial / diagnosis
  • Meningitis, Bacterial / etiology*
  • Postoperative Complications* / diagnosis
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed