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Otosyphilis: A rare cause of acute bilateral sensorineural hearing loss in a HIV-negative patient.

Authors
  • Sothmann, Johan1
  • Adam, Shaun2
  • van Tonder, Gideon2
  • Davis, Razaan1
  • van Rensburg, Leon Janse1, 3
  • 1 Department of Medical Imaging and Clinical Oncology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa. , (South Africa)
  • 2 Division of Otorhinolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa. , (South Africa)
  • 3 Department of Radiology and Diagnostics, Faculty of Dentistry, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. , (South Africa)
Type
Published Article
Journal
SA journal of radiology
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2022
Volume
26
Issue
1
Pages
2351–2351
Identifiers
DOI: 10.4102/sajr.v26i1.2351
PMID: 35402007
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Bilateral acute hearing loss is rare, and the aetiology is poorly defined. Less common treatable pathologies such as otosyphilis must be part of the differential diagnosis and should be actively excluded. We present a case of a 23-year-old woman who developed acute bilateral hearing loss due to otosyphilis, confirmed on audiometry and laboratory tests. In this article, the CT, MRI and clinical findings are presented and discussed. © 2022. The Authors.

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