J Audiol Otol.  2015 Dec;19(3):182-185. 10.7874/jao.2015.19.3.182.

Bilateral Sequential Pneumolabyrinth Resulting from Nose Blowing

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital, Anyang, Korea. hjk1000@hallym.ac.kr

Abstract

Pneumolabyrinth describes a condition with entrapped air in the labyrinth and usually occurs in temporal bone fractures that involve the otic capsule. While sporadic cases of bilateral pneumolabyrinth have been reported, cases lacking head trauma are very rare. We report the case of a 43-year-old man who had sudden hearing loss bilaterally after blowing his nose at an interval of 1 year. Although conservative management for the right ear and exploratory tympanotomy with sealing of the possible site of perilymphatic leakage in the left ear were performed, hearing outcome was poor in both ears. To our knowledge, this is the first case of bilateral pneumolabyrinth occurring as a result of nose blowing.

Keyword

Pneumolabyrinth; Perilymphatic fistula; Hearing loss; Valsalva maneuver

MeSH Terms

Adult
Craniocerebral Trauma
Ear
Ear, Inner
Hearing
Hearing Loss
Hearing Loss, Sudden
Humans
Nose*
Temporal Bone
Valsalva Maneuver
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