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[Lyme disease--a reason for sudden sensorineural hearing loss and vestibular neuronitis?].

Authors
  • Walther, L E
  • Hentschel, H
  • Oehme, A
  • Gudziol, H
  • Beleites, E
Type
Published Article
Journal
Laryngo- rhino- otologie
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2003
Volume
82
Issue
4
Pages
249–257
Identifiers
PMID: 12717599
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Because of the elevated seroprevalences Borrelia infections may be one possible but very rare cause of sudden sensorineural hearing loss and vestibular neuronitis. Low frequency hearing loss may be a sign for an infection with Borrelia as an etiological factor especially in combination with seropositive titers. In case of the presence of IgM-antibodies, patients may be treated with oral antibiotics (Doxycyclin, Cefuroxim). In patients with neuronitis vestibularis a neuroborreliosis should be excluded by means of lumbar puncture.

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