Objectives: To date, over 200 000 cochlear implants (CIs) have been implanted worldwide and the incidence is still increasing. We present a case of traumatic displacement of CI magnet to raise awareness about this complication and to highlight the need for vigilance during surgery as well as for proper counseling. Methods: The clinical presentation of a 1.5-year-old boy with a traumatic displacement of a CI magnet was presented and the literature was reviewed for this rare complication. Results: After minor head injury, the sound processor could no longer connect to the CI. X-ray imaging demonstrated displacement of the CI magnet. During revision surgery, the magnet was replaced by a new magnet in the silicon holding cap. Intraoperative impedance measurements were normal and the CI was successfully activated 4 weeks postoperatively. Conclusions: Clinicians and patients should be aware of the risk of displacement of the CI magnet after (minor) head injury. Young boys tend to have a higher risk for this complication.

doi.org/10.1177/0003489414525922, hdl.handle.net/1765/61753
Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Department of Otorhinolaryngology

Keereweer, S, van der Schroeff, M.P, & Pullens, B. (2014). Case report: Traumatic displacement of a cochlear implant magnet. Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, 123(4), 229–231. doi:10.1177/0003489414525922