Oscillucusis and sudden deafness in a migraine patient

Elcio Juliato Piovesan, Pedro Andre Kowacs, Lineu Cesar Werneck, Charles Siow
2003 Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria  
Migraine is a complex disease that includes neurologic, gastrointestinal and autonomic symptoms, although headache is most common feature. In a portion of cases headache is preceded by focal neurologic symptoms termed auras. Auditory symptoms only rarely occur as part of an aura. We describe a patient whose 13-year migraine history that included the abnormal perception an oscillation of the intensity of ambient sounds (oscillucusis). During a migraine attack immediately after oscillucusis, the
more » ... oscillucusis, the patient developed acute and permanent sudden deafness. Clinical and neurologic examinations revealed only profound hearing loss in her left ear. Audiometric testing confirmed the sensorineural nature of the hearing loss. The clinical aspects and physiopathology of auditory symptoms in this case and in patients with migraine is reviewed.
doi:10.1590/s0004-282x2003000500026 pmid:14595494 fatcat:7nggnnca75dllomgchgo5zrzpi