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J Laryngol Otol. 2015 Nov;129(11):1137-9. doi: 10.1017/S0022215115002340. Epub 2015 Sep 23.

Macrocytosis and sudden sensorineural hearing loss: a case report.

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Department of Otolaryngology,Ulster Hospital,Belfast,Northern Ireland,UK.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Although other blood dyscrasias are known to cause sudden sensorineural hearing loss, macrocytosis has not previously been implicated in the absence of another causative agent.

CASE REPORT:

We present a case of bilateral sequential sudden sensorineural hearing loss in a patient with significant macrocytosis (mean corpuscular volume at presentation 124 fl) secondary to alcohol-induced liver dysfunction.

CONCLUSION:

A possible pathophysiological mechanism linking macrocytosis and sudden sensorineural hearing loss was identified, suggesting areas for further investigation.

KEYWORDS:

Hearing Loss; Sensorineural; Sudden

PMID:
26395970
DOI:
10.1017/S0022215115002340
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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