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Sudden hearing loss in chronic myelogenous leukaemia implicating the hyperviscosity syndrome

  • Sung Won Chae (a1), Jae Hoon Cho (a1), Jang Hyuck Lee (a1), Hee Joon Kang (a1) and Soon Jae Hwang (a1)...

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Sudden sensorineural hearing loss that presents as the initial sign of haematological disease is very rare. Chronic myelogenous leukaemia has been implicated as a causative factor of sudden sensorineural hearing loss.

A 49-year-old male presented with unilateral sudden sensorineural hearing loss. The patient was found to have chronic myelogenous leukaemia during a work-up for his hearing loss. We present a case of a chronic myelogenous leukaemia patient whose first manifestation was sudden sensorineural hearing loss. We presume that cochlear vessel occlusion as a result of elevated blood viscosity was responsible for this patient’s hearing loss. Early onset of sudden deafness in a chronic myelogenous leukaemia patient may be due to the hyperviscosity syndrome and it may be possible to reverse hearing loss through early leukapheresis.

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Sudden hearing loss in chronic myelogenous leukaemia implicating the hyperviscosity syndrome

  • Sung Won Chae (a1), Jae Hoon Cho (a1), Jang Hyuck Lee (a1), Hee Joon Kang (a1) and Soon Jae Hwang (a1)...

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