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Management of exposed cochlear implants: Two cases of salvaging implants using rotational scalp flap and galeal flap
J Korean Skull Base Soc 2023;18(2):164-168
Published online October 31, 2023
© 2023 Korean Skull Base Society.

Young Jun Seo1, Jeong Hae Park1, Suk-Ho Moon2, Shi Nae Park1

1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
2Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Shi Nae Park
E-mail snparkmd@catholic.ac.kr
ORCID https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7614-9413
Received July 19, 2023; Revised August 31, 2023; Accepted August 31, 2023.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract
Cochlear implant (CI) is an effective surgical option for managing severe sensorineural hearing loss. Among the postoperative complications, implant exposure has been considered as one of the most threatening and serious complications. Conventionally, replacing a new device after a removal of the exposed one has been well known to be performed. Salvaging the exposed implant without explantation can be challenging and beneficial and recently has been reported as an alternative management option. Here, we report our experience salvaging two cases of exposed cochlear implants using a rotational scalp flap reconstruction combined with implant coverage with a galeal flap.
Keywords : Cochlear implants, Implant exposure, Rotational scalp flap, Galeal flap


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