Perilymphatic fistula in the Guinea pig

C. Muchnik*, M. Rubinstein, M. Hildesheimer

*Corresponding author for this work

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Clinical reports on perilymphatic fistulae (PLF) of the round window membrane (RWM) have shown different degrees of hearing loss. However, the hearing can also be entirely unaffected. Experimentally induced PLF of the RWM in animals showed results similar to those of the clinical reports, although some researchers have concluded that perforation of the RWM per se does not necessarily induce significant hearing loss. The purpose of the present study was to clarify if, and how, PLF of RWM in the guinea pig actually affects the auditory action potentials. During 1 h of observation following perforation of the RWM, the immediate and continuous effect of the PLF was evaluated. In more than 50% of the animals, different amounts of threshold shift were obtained. In another group of guinea pigs an attempt was made to clarify the findings by reducing the cerebrospinal fluid pressure before perforating the RWM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-60
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • Action potential
  • Perilymphatic fistula
  • Perilymphatic pressure
  • Summating potential


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