BMJ Case Reports 2011; doi:10.1136/bcr.05.2011.4212
  • Unusual association of diseases/symptoms

An unusual cause of hearing loss in an 81-year-old man

  1. Richard Stevens2
  1. 1Department of Rheumatology, Wycombe Hospital, Buckinghamshire NHS trust, High Wycombe, UK
  2. 2Rheumatology Department, Amersham Hospital, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Elizabeth Waldegrave, lizaw{at}


An 81-year-old man presented to accident and emergency with a recent history of rapidly progressive bilateral hearing loss. Further questioning revealed recent sinusitis, fevers and general malaise. Initial bloods showed raised inflammatory markers, raised creatinine, low albumin and urine dip was positive for blood and protein. Chest x-ray showed faint bilateral mid-zone infiltrates. He was treated with intravenous methylprednisolone (500 mg×3) for presumed Wegener’s granulomatosis which was later confirmed by c-anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies testing (proteinase-3 positive) and supportive findings on CT chest and sinuses. He was discharged after 10 days in hospital on oral prednisolone and cyclophosphamide. He is continuing treatment and seen regularly in outpatient follow-up. Unfortunately his hearing has not fully recovered and he is awaiting a hearing aid.


  • Competing interests None.

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