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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for sudden sensorineural hearing loss in large vestibular aqueduct syndrome

  • H Shilton (a1), M Hodgson (a2) and G Burgess (a3)

Abstract

Introduction:

We report the first use in Australia of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for sudden hearing loss following head trauma in a child with large vestibular aqueduct syndrome.

Case report:

A 12-year-old boy with large vestibular aqueduct syndrome presented with significant hearing loss following head trauma. He was treated with steroids and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, with good improvement of hearing thresholds on audiography. This case represents the first reported use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for this indication in Australia, following a few previous reports of patients in Japan. We review the literature on management of acute sensorineural hearing loss in large vestibular aqueduct syndrome. The reported case demonstrates a potentially beneficial therapy for a rare condition that usually results in an inevitable decline in hearing.

Conclusion:

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be tolerated well by children, and may represent a potential treatment for sudden sensorineural hearing loss in patients with large vestibular aqueduct syndrome.

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Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Dr H Shilton, Department of Surgery, Southern Health, Clayton Road, Clayton, Victoria, Australia3168 Fax: +61 3 9562 9599 E-mail: hamishshilton@hotmail.com

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