The development of sensitivity to streptomycin when used over long periods of time is not uncommon. Many reports1 of temporary and occasionally permanent injury to both the vestibular and auditory portions of the eighth nerve have been recorded on their terminals. Just why the eighth nerve has been the only one injured is unexplained. It is reasonable to suppose that other nerves might be similarily affected. However, a search of the literature failed to show injury to any other one from the use of streptomycin.
The following case is reported to show a possible effect of streptomycin sensitivity on the recurrent laryngeal nerve.
REPORT OF A CASE
Mrs. W. L., a white woman 33 years of age, was admitted to the hospital Nov. 10, 1947, with complaints of pain in the right flank centered in an area about the size of a quarter, pain being constant, but more noticeable
GUNDRUM LK. PARALYSIS OF LEFT VOCAL CORD FOLLOWING STREPTOMYCIN THERAPY. JAMA. 1948;138(1):22. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.62900010001008
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