Meningeal carcinomatosis producing bilateral sudden hearing loss: A case report

F. Civantos, Y. S. Choi, E. L. Applebaum

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Meningeal carcinomatosis is characterized by diffuse infiltration of the leptomeninges by metastatic cancer in patients usually with a previous history of malignancy. Primary tumors are usually adenocarcinomas of the breast or lung, or malignant melanoma. Meningeal carcinomatosis can present with headache and/or a variety of cranial neuropathies. We report a case of meningeal carcinomatosis presenting as a complete, bilateral, sudden hearing loss without other cranial nerve findings - a previously unreported presentation. Our patient also exhibited an unusual primary tumor site (esophagus) and histopathology for meningeal carcinomatosis. The case was impressive for the subsequent abrupt onset of a series of cranial neuropathies and the rapid deterioration in the patient's condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-371
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Otology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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