The Journal of International Advanced Otology
Clinical Report

Sub-Galeal Pneumocele 20 Years after Cochlear Implantation

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Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

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Department of Orthopedics, Scripps Clinic, LaJolla, California, USA

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Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, SENTA Clinic, San Diego, California, USA

J Int Adv Otol 2017; 13: 279-281
DOI: 10.5152/iao.2017.4067
Read: 6 Downloads: 1 Published: 03 September 2019

Abstract

This case report documents a rare case of a subgaleal pneumocele occurring more than 20 years after cochlear implantation. On presentation, the presence of air under the scalp followed vigorous nose blowing was observed. The patient was treated conservatively with a pressure dressing, which resulted in complete resolution of the surgical emphysema. Only a handful of such cases have been reported in the literature. Most of these cases occur early after cochlear implantation. Our case is even more unique as it occurred 24 years following implantation and presented with a painless swelling associated with deterioration in cochlear implant performance. A review of the current literature is included in the discussion.

 

 

Cite this article as: Hay C, Sharma N, Gadre A. Sub-Galeal Pneumocele 20 Years after Cochlear Implantation. J Int Adv Otol 2017; 13: 279-81.

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