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INVESTIGATION OF THE TEMPORAL BONE INVOLMENT IN COVID-19
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  • yuce İslamoglu,
  • Muge Ayhan,
  • Sami Bercin,
  • Ayse Kaya Kalem,
  • Bircan Kayaaslan,
  • Hatice Guner
yuce İslamoglu
TC Saglik Bakanligi Ankara Sehir Hastanesi
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Muge Ayhan
Ministry of Health Ankara City Hospital
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Sami Bercin
Yildirim Beyazit University Faculty of Medicine
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Ayse Kaya Kalem
Yildirim Beyazit Universitesi
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Bircan Kayaaslan
Yildirim Beyazit Universitesi
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Hatice Guner
Yildirim Beyazit Universitesi
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Abstract

Objective: To investigate temporal bone findings in COVID-19 Design: Retrospective study Settings: Using the database of our tertiary pandemic hospital, patients with COVID-19 infection with a positive PCR test and temporal bone tomography imaging were evaluated. Participants: 42 PCR positive COVID-19 patients with temporal bone imaging. Main outcome measures: A grading system was created to evaluate effusion in the middle ear and mastoid air cells. Also any specific sign in temporal bone imaging. Results: Patients were divided into two groups according to their chest CT findings. Group 1 had specific chest CT findings and included 26 patients, group 2 had no findings in chest CT and included 16 patients. No obvious temporal bone involvement was observed in any of the patients. Temporal bone imaging findings were compared according to a grading system and there was no difference between the groups (p=0,50). Conclusion: The SARS-CoV-2 does not affect the temporal bone. There was no sign of effusion in mastoid air cells or the middle ear or any specific sign in the temporal bone in our study group.

Peer review status:IN REVISION

12 Jun 2020Submitted to Clinical Otolaryngology
15 Jun 2020Assigned to Editor
15 Jun 2020Submission Checks Completed
20 Jun 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
20 Jun 20201st Revision Received