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Cryptococcal meningitis presenting with acute hearing loss
  1. Aleem Azal Ali,
  2. Naji Maaliki,
  3. Monique Oye and
  4. Carmen Liliana Isache
  1. Internal Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Aleem Azal Ali; a.azal.ali{at}


Reversible sensorineural hearing loss is a recognised complication of cryptococcal meningitis. Cryptococcal meningitis typically presents with usual symptoms of fever, headache and neck stiffness. This case highlights acute, profound, bilateral hearing loss as the initial symptom and presentation of cryptococcal meningitis in a young woman, who was later diagnosed with AIDS.

  • cryptococcus
  • infectious diseases
  • HIV / AIDS
  • meningitis
  • ear
  • nose and throat/otolaryngology

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  • Contributors AAA, NM and MO contributed to acquisition of data and drafting of the manuscript. CLI contributed to acquisition of data, drafting of the manuscript and critical revision of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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