VOLUME 32 - NUMBER 8-9 - 2011

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss after varicose vein surgery under general anesthesia. Case report

  • Galanopoulos G., Rapti D., Nikolopoulos I., Lambidis C.
  • Clinical practice, 385-387
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  • Sudden sensorineural hearing loss following non-otologic surgery, under general anesthesia, is an extremely rare complication. Furthermore, postoperative deafness has more commonly been associated with cardiac surgery. This acute dysfunction of the inner ear consists a controversial subject in terms of etiopathogenic mechanisms and treatment modalities. We present the case of a 60-year-old male patient who underwent varicose vein surgery under general anesthesia and presented immediately after the operation bilateral and profound impairment of his hearing acuity. A high index of suspicion is required to early diagnosis of this complication, although prompt treatment does not guarantee a good outcome.

  • KEY WORDS: Varicose veins - Surgery - Sensorineural hearing loss.