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August 1991

No Evidence of Hearing Loss in Patients With Vitiligo

Author Affiliations

Instituto Nacional de la Comunicación Humana Fco de P. Miranda 177 Unidad Lomas de Plateros CP 01480, Mexico DF, Mexico; Unidad de Dermatología Hospital General de la Ciudad de México Balmis 148 Col de los Doctores CP 06720, Mexico DF, Mexico

Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(8):1240. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680070142026

To the Editor.—  Recently Tosti et al1 have mentioned the possible relationship between vitiligo and hearing loss. The foundation of this hypothesis is that the probable protective role of melanocytes of the inner ear has been injured by an autoimmune mechanism.We searched the records in our dermatology department for possible auditory damage in patients with vitiligo. Written consent was obtained after the nature of the procedures had been fully explained. The group was arranged in 10-year age groups to see if there was a relationship between vitiligo with clinical evolution and localization of pathologic findings.All patients who were exposed to known factors responsible for sensorineural hypoacusis, ie, noise, drugs, metabolic and vascular pathologic conditions, recurrent otologic infections, head trauma, family history of deafness, and patients older than 50 years were excluded from the study. The control group consisted of 35 healthy subjects, all within the same age

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