Hearing voices and strange noises after sleeve gastrectomy

Evgeniya Larionova, Scharukh M. Jalisi, Daniel B. Jones
2020 Mini-invasive Surgery  
Patulous eustachian tube (PET) dysfunction is a rare complication of weight loss, which can be easily misdiagnosed. We present a case of PET dysfunction after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. A 36-year-old Caucasian female with Class III morbid obesity (131 kg, BMI 46.6 kg/m 2 ) successfully underwent laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. At her postoperative follow-up appointment six months later, her weight dropped to 96 kg and she complained of severe autophony (hearing of self-generated sounds),
more » ... leading to anxiety and insomnia. She was initially misdiagnosed with a sinus infection by her primary care provider and was started on antibiotics. She was subsequently seen by an otolaryngologist who diagnosed her with PET. Weight loss can be a predisposing factor for PET. Our patient did not notice onset of symptoms of PET until significant weight loss (35 kg, 59.5% EWL).
doi:10.20517/2574-1225.2020.49 fatcat:gig5q3boh5birbknro5ih3hi2y