Intraoperative seizure and cerebrospinal fluid leak during adult cochlear implant surgery.
OBJECTIVE AND IMPORTANCE: To report a rare case of cerebrospinal fluid gusher and subsequent seizure immediately after cochlear implant electrode insertion.
CLINICAL PRESENTATION: After the cochlear implant electrode was inserted, brisk flow of 10 mL of cerebrospinal fluid was seen. The electrode was promptly inserted and the leak was additionally sealed with fascia. Seconds later, the patient had a tonic-clonic seizure lasting 30 seconds. Two additional episodes occurred during the case. Her postoperative course was uneventful with no subsequent seizures. The device has been successfully activated. Intervention & Technique: Postoperative imaging showed correct intracochlear placement of the electrode as well as an incidental enlarged vestibular aqueduct. Neurology consultation including electroencephalogram was unremarkable.
CONCLUSION: To our knowledge, this is the first report of a seizure temporally associated with cochlear implant electrode insertion. The significance and possible casual relationship between these two events is discussed.
Published In/Presented At
Musser, A. B., Golub, J. S., Samy, R. N., & Phero, J. C. (2016). Intraoperative seizure and cerebrospinal fluid leak during adult cochlear implant surgery. Cochlear implants international, 17(2), 116–119. https://doi.org/10.1080/14670100.2015.1112571
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Surgery