Nerve Compression During Cochlear Implant Surgery Results in Constant Pain

Cody Porcoro

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— Updated on December 18, 2017

The case involves a young adolescent who suffered complications from a severe ear infection that caused hearing loss in her left ear. Subsequently, she underwent a left cochlear implant surgery to resolve her condition. Immediately following the surgery, the patient suffered severe pain in her left thigh and a blood clot was ruled out by ultrasound. The following day, the patient was seen by a neurologist, who noted spasm and tenderness to palpation in the left thigh. The patient saw another neurologist who noted in her exam that the patient still suffered from ongoing pain, despite being prescribed a pain medication. The patient underwent multiple examinations, but none were successful in determining the cause. After 6 months, the pain persisted. Upon contacting the surgeon who completed the implant, the position the patient was in during the procedure, could have placed the left lateral femoral nerve at risk of compression.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Do you routinely treat patients like the one described above?
  • 2. Do you have familiarity with the subject matter described above?
  • 3. Have you ever published or lectured on this subject / issue?
  • 4. Please explain why you're qualified to serve as an expert on this engagement.

Expert Witness Response E-009639

I do routinely treat patients like the one described, as peripheral nerve issues such as this are my area of expertise. I have extensive experience in diagnosing patients with this disease, working on research concerning the topic at hand and have numerous publications in the area. I regularly author and lecture on the topic.

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