Unilateral sudden hearing loss due to otosyphilis

  • Maaike J. de Goffau Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  • Jan C. Doelman Department of Neurology, Admiral de Ruyter Hospital, Goes, Netherlands.
  • Jeroen B. van Rijswijk | jeroen@vanryswyk.nl Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery and Facial Plastics, Admiral de Ruyter Hospital, Goes, Netherlands.

Abstract

The differential diagnosis of sudden hearing loss is very extensive. However, in most patients, no underlying pathology will be found and the patient is consequently diagnosed with idiopathic sudden hearing loss. Nevertheless, it is important that one stays alert in everyday routine practice to less common but potentially treatable pathology. We report a case of a 53- year old patient with sudden unilateral hearing loss and tinnitus caused by otosyphilis. Diagnosis, therapy and the incidence of (oto)syphilis are discussed. Also, as ENT-surgeons, it is important to realise that syphilis is still with us, and that its prevalence might well increase in the near future.

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Author Biography

Jan C. Doelman, Department of Neurology, Admiral de Ruyter Hospital, Goes
Department of Neurology, Admiral de Ruyter Hospital, Goes, The Netherlands
Published
2011-12-02
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Keywords:
syphilis, otosyphilis, neurosyphilis, sensorineural hearing loss.
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de Goffau, M. J., Doelman, J. C., & van Rijswijk, J. B. (2011). Unilateral sudden hearing loss due to otosyphilis. Clinics and Practice, 1(4), e133. https://doi.org/10.4081/cp.2011.e133