Unilateral sudden sensorineural hearing loss after combined spinal-epidural anesthesia for emergency cesarean section -A case report-

Chang-Joon Lee, Byoung-woo Yoo, Jin Sun Kim, Sang-hyeon Cho, Eui-kyun Jeong
2016 Anesthesia and Pain Medicine  
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. A 30-year-old primigravida with gestational age of 25 weeks and 4 days was admitted for emergency cesarean section. She was diagnosed as pre-eclampsia with fetal distress. We anesthetized the
more » ... ient through the combined spinal-epidural anesthetic technique, and there was no specific event throughout the surgical procedures and in post anesthetic care unit. Subsequently, she complained of unilateral hearing difficulty in the ward and an otolaryngology consultation was obtained. She was diagnosed with left sudden sensorineural hearing loss in full frequency range after an acoustic examination. She received intravenous and local steroid treatments for 4 weeks. She showed 32 dB on pure tone audiometry after 5 months. However, we could not continue follow-up testing on the patient because she stopped visiting the hospital since the last examination. We reported a case of uncommon unilateral sudden sensorineural hearing loss after a combined spinal-epidural anesthesia for emergency cesarean section. (Anesth Pain Med 2016; 11: 359-361)
doi:10.17085/apm.2016.11.4.359 fatcat:rssmegecnzduzhj4aulnjij6xe