Use of Intrathecal Fluorescein in Recurrent Meningitis after Cochlear Implantation-A Case Report

Document Type : Case Report


1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi, India.

2 Deputy Director, Cochlear Implant Services, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Delhi, India.


Congenital anomalies of the cochlea and labyrinth can be associated with meningitis and varying degrees of hearing loss or deafness. Despite antibiotics, meningitis remains a life threatening complication.
Case Report:
We report a case of recurrent meningitis following episodes of otitis media in a cochlear implantee child with bilateral vestibulocochlear malformation, due to fistula in the stapes footplate. Intrathecal fluorescin was used to identify the leak site.
Recurrent meningitis can indicate for possible immunological or anatomical abnormalities as well for chronic parameningeal infections. Intraoperative use of intrathecal fluorescin is an ideal investigative tool to demonstrate cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak site in patients in whom other investigations fail to do so.


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