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International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology

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OLIVEIRA, Adriana Kosma Pires de; HAMERSCHMIDT, Rogerio; MOCELIN, Marcos  and  REZENDE, Rodrigo K.. Cochlear implantation in patient with Dandy-walker syndrome. Int. Arch. Otorhinolaryngol. [online]. 2012, vol.16, n.3, pp.406-409. ISSN 1809-9777.

INTRODUCTION: Dandy Walker Syndrome is a congenital abnormality in the central nervous system, characterized by a deficiency in the development of middle cerebelar structures, cystic dilatation of the posterior pit communicating with the fourth ventricle and upward shift of the transverse sinuses, tentorium and dyes. Among the clinical signs are occipital protuberances, a progressive increase of the skull, bowing before the fontanels, papilledema, ataxia, gait disturbances, nystagmus, and intellectual impairment. OBJECTIVES: To describe a case of female patient, 13 years old with a diagnosis of this syndrome and bilateral hearing loss underwent cochlear implant surgery under local anesthesia and sedation. CASE REPORT: CGS, 13 years old female was referred to the Otolaryngological Department of Otolaryngology Institute of Parana with a diagnosis of "Dandy-Walker syndrome" for Otolaryngological evaluation for bilateral hearing loss with no response to the use of hearing aids. FINAL COMMENTS: The field of cochlear implants is growing rapidly. We believe that the presence of Dandy-Walker syndrome cannot be considered a contraindication to the performance of cochlear implant surgery, and there were no surgical complications due to neurological disorders with very favorable results for the patient who exhibits excellent discrimination. It has less need for lip reading with improvement in speech quality.

Keywords : hearing loss; cochlear implants; Dandy-Walker syndrome.

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