The Journal of International
Advanced Otology
Case Report

Cochlear Implantation in a Patient with Kabuki Syndrome


Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, Netherlands

J Int Adv Otol 2016; 12: 129-131
DOI: 10.5152/iao.2016.2004
Read: 1812 Downloads: 826 Published: 03 September 2019


Criteria for cochlear implants are expanding and now include children with disabilities in addition to hearing loss, such as those with Kabuki syndrome (KS). This case report describes language outcomes and changes in the quality of life of a female child with KS after cochlear implantation. The subject had a profound progressive sensorineural hearing loss, cognitive impairments, and other disabilities and communicated using vocalized sounds and the Dutch Sign Language. After cochlear implantation at an age of nine years and three months, the patient displayed no progress in speech production and minimal progress in receptive language development, but she had an increased awareness of the world and an increase in the quality of life. 

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