Can we prevent cochlear implant recipients from developing pneumococcal meningitis?
Benjamin PC Wei, Roy M Robins-Browne, Robert K Shepherd, Graeme M Clark, Stephen J O'Leary
Clinical Infectious Diseases | Published : 2008
The restoration of hearing to persons with severely or profoundly impaired hearing by means of a cochlear implant is one of the great achievements of bionics applied to medicine. However, pneumococcal meningitis in implant recipients has received high profile public attention as a result of the US Food and Drug Administration's public health notification and recent media attention. Worldwide, 118 of the 60,000 people who received cochlear implants over the past 20 years have acquired meningitis, causing deep concern in the international medical community. This review provides answers to pediatricians, internists, and infectious diseases doctors who have patients with cochlear implants and wh..View full abstract