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Methadone-induced bilateral severe sensorineural hearing loss.
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PMID:  24051235     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Methadone, a long-acting opiate agonist, and naltrexone, an opiate receptor antagonist, are both commonly used to treat patients with morphine and heroin addiction. We present a rare case of methadone-induced persistent bilateral sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) after chronic naltrexone use and review opioid-induced hearing loss in the literature. Methadone-induced hearing loss has been described previously described in the literature with all reported cases recovering functional hearing. This is the first description of persistent bilateral severe SNHL following methadone ingestion. We propose opiate receptor sensitization from prolonged naltrexone use as a predisposing factor for methadone-induced irreversible cochlear injury.
Nopawan Vorasubin; Audrey P Calzada; Akira Ishiyama
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-9-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of otolaryngology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-818X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Otolaryngol     Publication Date:  2013 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-9-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8000029     Medline TA:  Am J Otolaryngol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Department of Head and Neck Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA. Electronic address:
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