An Unusual Cause of Conductive Hearing Loss: Bilateral Complete Meatal Obstruction Following Otoplasty

TOPLU Y. , ALTUNIŞIK TOPLU S. , Sapmaz E., Deliktas H.

JOURNAL OF CRANIOFACIAL SURGERY, cilt.25, 2014 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier


There are many causes of conductive hearing loss. Otoplasty is a commonly performed cosmetic surgery to correction for prominent ear. We discussed an unusual cause of conductive hearing loss, bilateral complete meatal obstruction following otoplasty, in this article. This complication was probably due to unsuitable placement of the Furnas sutures. In the literature, as a cause of conductive hearing loss, unilateral complete meatal obstruction has been described rarely, but bilateral complete obstruction has not been defined. Hearing loss recovered completely after revision surgery. Correct diagnosis, accurate preoperative or perioperative examination, choice of the proper technique and surgeon experience are essential for avoiding inadequate results or complications of otoplasty. The surgeon should be aware of the cartilage elasticity and suture techniques to avoid this complication.