The Journal of International
Advanced Otology
Original Article

Stapedotomy in Congenital Fixation with Cochlear Hypoplasia: A New Concept Among the Treatment Options for Cochlear Hypoplasia


Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey


Audiology Unit, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

J Int Adv Otol 2021; 17: 228-233
DOI: 10.5152/iao.2021.8457
Read: 94 Downloads: 60 Published: 01 May 2021

OBJECTIVES: To introduce the concept of stapedotomy as a new treatment alternative in cochlear hypoplasia (CH) and propose a new guideline for its management.

METHODS: Forty-two primary cases out of 355 presented with congenital stapes fixation between January 2003 and September 2015 were included in the study. Computed tomography scans of all cases with congenital stapes fixation were reviewed, and cases with inner ear anomalies were taken into account. Eleven cases had various inner ear anomalies, and 9 cases had various types of CH. In the present paper, only the CH cases with stapes fixation, all of whom underwent stapedotomy, are reviewed regarding preoperative audiological and radiological characteristics as well as surgical findings and postoperative audiological results.

RESULTS: The patients were aged between 4 and 22. There were 2 males (3 ears) and 4 females (6 ears). Three cases had bilateral stapedotomy. The remaining 3 cases had unilateral surgery. The average preoperative air–bone gap (ABG) was 50.3 dB. Postoperative hearing: preoperative ABG was 50.3 dB. Postoperative ABG was calculated as 20.1 dB hearing.

CONCLUSION: Hearing loss (HL) in hypoplastic cochlea demonstrates the full spectrum of HL types. CH is a unique inner ear anomaly that can be treated with all of the available rehabilitation modalities. As a result of current findings, a new treatment algorithm for CH is proposed.

Cite this article as: Sennaroğlu L, Demir Bajin M, Çiçek Çınar B, Yaralı M, Özbal Batuk M. Stapedotomy in congenital fixation with cochlear hypoplasia: A new concept among the treatment options for cochlear hypoplasia. J Int Adv Otol. 2021;17(3):228-233.

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