I do quite a few of these surgeries, he said. I’m now going to start doing this on all of our patients. It’s not that critical for making the diagnosis, although it helps, but intraoperatively it seems to suggest that you’ve closed the dehiscence.
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He said the findings also might mean that fewer CT scans will be needed to get at the root of SSCD cases.
If it turns out that this is, in fact, a reliable measure, it will help avoid doing a lot of CT scans, Dr. Rubinstein said. We see a lot of patients with atypical readings, and it might be due to this. And a CT scan is not an insignificant radiation dose.
He said the findings might shed new light on cases in which the typical diagnosis has been Ménière’s disease.
I don’t know that it’s really going to teach us that much about the inner ear, per se, but it could explain a lot clinically, he said. It could be that a lot of people [with abnormal ECoG readings] didn’t have Ménière’s disease, they really had this.
It just helps with our diagnostic precision to just help present this thing better-again, if this pans out in a bigger population of patients.
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