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Sudden deafness in a patient with secondary syphilis.
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PMID:  19575839     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
OBJECTIVES: To emphasise the importance of considering a diagnosis of early acquired syphilis in all sexually active adults, and to review the ENT manifestations and treatment of acquired syphilis. CASE REPORT: A 24-year-old woman presented with sudden hearing loss, and subsequently developed clinical features suggestive of secondary syphilis. She was seen in the departments of ENT, dermatology, rheumatology and infectious diseases before a correct diagnosis was made. Treatment resulted in only partial recovery of hearing. CONCLUSIONS: With the exponential rise in syphilis cases in the UK, there has been a re-emergence of presenting manifestations that had previously become rare. Early syphilis should be considered in all sexually active adults who present with deafness, as prompt diagnosis and treatment are crucial for maximum recovery.
F W Ibrahim; M K Malu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-07-02
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of laryngology and otology     Volume:  123     ISSN:  1748-5460     ISO Abbreviation:  J Laryngol Otol     Publication Date:  2009 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8706896     Medline TA:  J Laryngol Otol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1262-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Leicester Royal Infirmary, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, UK.
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