Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Objective: We report deafness occurring as an extremely rare complication of influenza A caused by the H1N1 virus (‘swine flu’), in two children.
Methods: Case reports and review of the literature concerning influenza A (H1N1) and acquired viral infection causing deafness.
Results: Two children with normal hearing developed bilateral deafness following influenza A (H1N1). The diagnosis was confirmed using polymerase chain reaction. Both patients were treated with oseltamivir.
Conclusion: Following a review of the literature, these two patients appear to be the first reported cases of bilateral deafness following influenza A (H1N1).
(Accepted January 27 2012)
(Online publication October 01 2012)
Address for correspondence: Dr Abdulrahman Ahmed Alsanosi, Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, King Saud University, PO Box 245, Riyadh 11411, Saudi Arabia Fax: 00966 1 4775748 E-mail: [email protected]
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Competing interests: None declared