Unilateral Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss after Spinal Anesthesia for Elective Cesarean Section: A Case Report
- *Corresponding Author:
- Aaron G. Benson, MD
Director, Ohio Hearing and Balance Institute Neurotologist
Toledo Ear, Nose, and Throat, St. Luke’s Hospital
6005 Monclova Road Maumee, OH 43537, USA
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Received Date: May 01, 2012; Accepted Date: May 20, 2012; Published Date: May 23, 2012
Citation: Benson AG, Redfern RE (2012) Unilateral Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss after Spinal Anesthesia for Elective Cesarean Section: A Case Report. J Anesth Clin Res 3:211 doi: 10.4172/2155- 6148.1000211
Copyright: © 2012 Benson AG, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The relationship between spinal anesthesia and hearing loss is not well understood, but is thought to be due to leakages of cerebrospinal fluid, which may or may not induce postural puncture headache. Previous studies have reported no risk of hearing loss in patients under 40 or the obstetric population. We present a case of a young woman who experienced severe sudden unilateral hearing loss after spinal anesthesia for elective cesarean section. This case illustrates that young, obstetric patients may experience hearing loss after spinal anesthesia.