Safe use of bipolar radiofrequency induced thermotherapy (RFITT) for nasal surgery in patients with cochlear implants

Walter Di Nardo, Alessandro Scorpecci, Sara Giannantonio, Gaetano Paludetti

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Treatment of nasal turbinate hypertrophy with bipolar radiofrequency-induced thermotherapy (RFITT) is a common indication in patients affected by chronic vasomotor rhinitis. Nonetheless, there are no reports about the safety of such a surgical procedure in cochlear implant (CI) users, due to concerns that the spread of electrical current and heat could damage the CI inner component. We report two cases of CI recipients successfully and safely undergoing RFITT performed by means of the Olympus ® Celon-ProBreath bipolar coagulation electrode.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)739-742
Number of pages4
JournalAuris Nasus Larynx
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011



  • Bipolar coagulation
  • Cochlear implant
  • Radiofrequency
  • Turbinate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery

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