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Cochlear Implants with a Positioner

Audience: ENT healthcare professionals, pediatricians and infectious disease practitioners, and patients

[Posted 02/06/2006] FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients about a Public Health Notification on continued risk of bacterial meningitis in children with cochlear implants. The notification provides new information about the risk of meningitis in children with cochlear implants beyond twenty-four months post-implantation. This new information is based on a CDC study that published in this month's issue of Pediatrics and updates previous FDA notifications from 2002 and 2003.

[February 06, 2006 – Public Health Notification – FDA]
[February 06, 2006 – Advice for Patients with Cochlear Implants – FDA]

Previous MedWatch Alerts:
[July 24, 2002]