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Cochlear implants "still pose meningitis risk"

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has updated its August 2002 guidance on the increased potential risk of pneumococcal meningitis among recipients of a cochlear implant, particularly among children. The MHRA cites research by the MRC Institute of Hearing Research, which found that "although the risk of cochlear implant patients contracting bacterial meningitis remains low, the risk among implanted adults is slightly higher than for the general population".

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