Cochlear implants and psychiatric assessments: A norrie disease case report

Denis Jacques, Thomas Dubois, Nicolas Zdanowicz, Chantal Gilain, Pierre Garin

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Background: It is important to perform psychiatric assessments of adult patients who are candidates for cochlear implants both to screen them for psychiatric disorders and to assess their understanding and compliance with the procedure. Deafness is a factor of difficulty for conducting in-depth psychiatric interviews, but concomitant blindness may make it impossible. Subjects and method: After a description of Norrie disease, a rare disease in which blindness and deafness may occur together, we propose a case report of a patient suffering from the disease and who consulted in view of a cochlear implant. Results: Early information on cochlear implants appears to be necessary before total deafness occurs in patients suffering from Norrie disease. An inventory of digital communication tools that can be used by the patient is also highly valuable. Conclusions: Research should be supported for a more systematic use of psychiatric assessments prior to cochlear implants. In the special case of Norrie disease, we recommend early screening for mental retardation and related psychotic disorders and, depending on the patient's level of understanding, preventive information on the benefits and limits of cochlear implants before total deafness occurs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S259-S261
JournalPsychiatria Danubina
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Cochlear implant
  • Liaison psychiatry
  • Norrie disease


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