Sudden hearing loss in chronic myelogenous leukaemia implicating the hyperviscosity syndrome

Sungwon Chae, Hoon Cho Jae, Hyuck Lee Jang, Joon Kang Hee, Jae Hwang Soon

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Sudden sensorineural hearing loss that presents as the initial sign of haematological disease is very rare. Chronic myelogenous leukaemia has been implicated as a causative factor of sudden sensorineural hearing loss. A 49-year-old male presented with unilateral sudden sensorineural hearing loss. The patient was found to have chronic myelogenous leukaemia during a work-up for his hearing loss. We present a case of a chronic myelogenous leukaemia patient whose first manifestation was sudden sensorineural hearing loss. We presume that cochlear vessel occlusion as a result of elevated blood viscosity was responsible for this patient's hearing loss. Early onset of sudden deafness in a chronic myelogenous leukaemia patient may be due to the hyperviscosity syndrome and it may be possible to reverse hearing loss through early leukapheresis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-293
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Apr 13



  • Blood Viscosity
  • Hearing Loss, Sensorineural
  • Leukaemia, Myeloid, Chronic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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