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Hearing disability in patients with Fuchs' endothelial corneal dystrophy: unrecognized co-pathology?

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical ophthalmology (Auckland, N.Z.)
Publication Date
Volume
5
Pages
1297–1301
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2147/OPTH.S23091
PMID: 21966205
Source
Medline
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Abstract

This case-control study reports a significant association between FECD and hearing disability. The causal relation was not evaluated in this study, though mutations in the SLC4A11 gene could have played an important role. This gene encodes for an ion transporter, which has been found in the cornea and inner ear. With the lack of examination with a pure tone or speech audiometry in this study, further studies need to be performed in order to support the association and should include a complete ENT examination with audiometry and genetic research.

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