Sudden contralateral deafness following cerebellopontine angle tumor surgery

Am J Otol. 1994 Mar;15(2):244-6.


Sudden hearing loss in the contralateral ear is a rare but catastrophic complication of acoustic tumor surgery. The seventh case in the literature is reported. Hearing can return, but this is less likely when the tumor was large or a suboccipital approach was used. A short course of corticosteroids, carbogen, and histamine cannot be shown to be effective but is probably worthy of consideration. Cochlear implantation may have a role if irreversible hearing loss persists 18 months after surgery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Audiometry, Pure-Tone
  • Cerebellopontine Angle / pathology
  • Cerebellopontine Angle / surgery*
  • Deafness / diagnosis
  • Deafness / etiology*
  • Deafness / pathology
  • Evoked Potentials, Auditory, Brain Stem
  • Functional Laterality
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Postoperative Complications*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed