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Cochlear implants carry risk of meningitis, agencies warn

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7359.298/a (Published 10 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:298
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. Nebraska

    Patients with cochlear implants should be vaccinated against the bacteria that cause bacterial meningitis, warn the UK Medical Devices Agency and the US Food and Drug Administration.

    Both organisations have issued a public health warning on the association of meningitis with cochlear implants after 25 cases of the disease, nine of them fatal, were reported in patients who received the implants. The FDA suspects, on the basis of an informal survey of centres that performthe implantations, that the true incidence is greater and that other cases have gone unreported.

    The cases, reported in the United …

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