Sensorineural hearing loss in neurobrucellosis

J Laryngol Otol. 1993 Nov;107(11):1034-6. doi: 10.1017/s0022215100125198.


A case of neurobrucellosis presenting to the otologist with sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) as the predominant clinical feature is reported. The diagnostic features and treatment options are discussed and the need for prolonged combination treatment to prevent relapse and further deterioration of hearing stressed. SNHL in neurobrucellosis has hitherto been reported principally in neurology literature as something of an incidental finding and so escapes the attention of otologists. It is hoped that this report will alert otologists in areas where brucellosis is endemic to the need to include tests for brucellosis in the routine diagnostic screening for SNHL. Practitioners in other locations should also consider this possibility when dealing with patients who have visited or lived in endemic regions.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brucella melitensis / isolation & purification*
  • Brucellosis / complications*
  • Brucellosis / microbiology
  • Hearing / physiology
  • Hearing Loss, Sensorineural / etiology*
  • Hearing Loss, Sensorineural / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Male