Res Vestib Sci.  2017 Jun;16(2):69-72. 10.21790/rvs.2017.16.2.69.

Bacterial Meningitis Initially Presenting as Labyrinthitis

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Keimyung University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea. goodgom79@gmail.com

Abstract

Labyrinthitis causes damage to inner ear structure, and in turn hearing loss and vertigo. Labyrinthitis is classified as otogenic labyrinthitis and meningogenic labyrinthitis. Otogenic labyrinthitis can be diagnosed early through otoscopic examination. However, when there are no characteristic neurologic symptoms in patients with meningogenic labyrinthitis, clinicians can overlook the underlying meningitis and this may lead to the peripheral vertigo. We encountered an unusual case of meningogenic labyrinthitis that is misdiagnosed as peripheral dizziness.

Keyword

Labyrinthitis; Vertigo; Meningitis

MeSH Terms

Dizziness
Ear, Inner*
Hearing Loss
Humans
Labyrinthitis*
Meningitis
Meningitis, Bacterial*
Neurologic Manifestations
Vertigo
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