The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

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Hearing loss after general anaesthesia

A case report and review of literature

Max Hochermanna1 c1 and Åke Reimera1

a1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Lund, Malmö General Hospital, S-214 01 Malmö, Sweden

Abstract

Unilateral hearing loss has been reported as an unusual complication in general anaesthesia, and so far no reports on bilateral hearing loss have been published. In this paper we present a case with bilateral sensorineural hearing impairment immediately following a minor abdominal surgical procedure. The literature is reviewed and the mechanisms causing hearing loss during anaesthesia are discussed.

Correspondence:

c1 Åke Reimer, M.D., Department of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, University of Lund, Malmö General Hospital, S-214 01 Malmo, Sweden.

Footnotes

Malmö, Sweden