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Pediatría (Asunción)

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SAMUDIO DOMINGUEZ, Gloria Celeste et al. Acute deafness and ataxia of vestibular origin in a patient with Serogroup C Meningococcal meningitis. Pediatr. (Asunción) [online]. 2016, vol.43, n.3, pp.232-236. ISSN 1683-9803.

Acute bacterial meningitis is an infectious emergency as it can lead to serious sequelae or even death. The presentation of this condition with sudden deafness and ataxia is rare. We present the case of a 14-year old female adolescent, who presented with vestibular ataxia and sudden deafness and was subsequently diagnosed with bacterial meningitis due to serogroup C meningococcus. She was treated with corticosteroids and pentoxifylline, in addition to antibiotics, for the baseline infection. Hearing recovery was not adequate; she persisted with severe deafness, unilateral hearing loss and persistent and disabling vestibular ataxia.

Keywords : Sudden deafness; vestibular ataxia; bacterial meningitis; serogroup C meningococcus..

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