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Perilymph fistula: the patients' experience

  • J A Meldrum (a1) and P R Prinsley (a2) (a3)

Abstract

Objective:

This study aimed to assess the experiences and outcomes of patients who underwent surgical repair of a perilymph fistula in Norfolk, UK.

Methods:

The study involved a retrospective questionnaire-based patient survey and case note review of patients who had undergone tympanotomy and perilymph fistula repair between 1998 and 2012 in two district general hospitals.

Results:

Fourteen patients underwent 20 procedures, of whom 7 completed the pre- and post-operative Vertigo Symptom Scale. In five patients, there was no obvious precipitating cause. Perilymph fistula was precipitated by noise in one patient, by a pressure-increasing event in six patients and by trauma in two patients. The Vertigo Symptom Scale scores showed a statistically significant improvement following surgical repair, from a median of 67 (out of 175) pre-operatively to 19 post-operatively.

Conclusion:

In selected patients with vertigo, perilymph fistula should be considered; surgical repair can significantly improve symptoms.

Copyright

Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Ms J A Meldrum, 36 Marewa Street, Kew, Dunedin 9012, New Zealand E-mail: jmeldrum@doctors.org.uk

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