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Acute autoimmune sensorineural hearing loss associated with Crohn's disease

American Journal of Gastroenterology volume 93, pages 25652567 (1998) | Download Citation

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We report the sudden onset of bilateral hearing loss in a patient with Crohn's disease while the intestinal disease was quiescent. Antibodies directed against collagen type II were detected in the serum. Dramatic improvement of his hearing was observed under corticosteroid therapy. Diagnosis of autoimmune sensorineural hearing loss was established. This condition could be considered as an extraintestinal manifestation of Crohn's disease. Early diagnosis is mandated, as prompt and intensive treatment with corticosteroids and/or immunosuppressive drugs is effective and could prevent irreversible hearing loss.

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  1. Department of Internal Medicine Laennec Hospital, Creil, France

    • Claude Bachmeyer
    • , Nathalie Leclerc-Landgraf
    • , Pierre Coutarel
    • , Jean-François Cadranel
    • , Jacques Médioni
    • , Robin Dhôte
    •  & Miette Mougeot-Martin
  2. Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Laennec Hospital, Creil, France

    • Frédéric Laurette

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