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Sudden deafness and cerebellar tumour

  • E. Merino Gálvez (a1), D. Hellín Meseguer (a1), F. García Ortega (a1) and J. Manuel Mondejar (a1)

Abstract

We report the case of a female patient who presented with sudden deafness as the first symptom of a cerebellar tumour which was not localized strictly in the cerebellopontine angle and did not show direct compression on the extrabulbar portion of the Vlllth cranial nerve. The clinical picture contained a number of signs and symptoms typical of cerebellar involvement.

Surgical intervention restored the hearing and caused the symptoms to disappear.

We also review the association between tumours and sudden deafness in the literature.

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Dr E. Merino Gálvez,Unidad de Otorrinolaringologica, Hospital Rafael Mendez, Lorca, 30800 Murcia, Spain. Fax: 968-442421.

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