The Prevalence of Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence in Patients With Mastoid Encephalocele or Cerebrospinal Fluid Otorrhea.
To evaluate the association between mastoid encephalocele or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) otorrhea and concurrent superior semicircular canal dehiscence (SSCD).Retrospective case-control study with chart and imaging review.University-affiliated tertiary referral center.A chart review was conducted of all patients greater than 18 years of age who had primary surgery for CSF otorrhea or encephalocele at our university-affiliated tertiary center from 2000 to 2016. Eighty-three patients matched inclusion criteria for case subjects, and 100 patients without CSF otorrhea or encephalocele were included for controls.High-resolution computed tomography (CT) scans were reviewed to assess superior semicircular canal roof integrity. Student’s t test was used to determine significance of continuous variables. Odds ratio (OR) and χ test was used to determine the association between SSCD and concurrent mastoid encephalocele or CSF otorrhea compared with the control population.The mean age of the 83 case subjects was 54 years, and 73% were women. In patients with confirmed encephalocele and CSF otorrhea, the prevalence of SSCD was 35%, which was significantly greater than controls (2%) (OR = 26.1, p