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Comment & Response
September 26, 2019

Imaging for Pediatric Unilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss

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  • 1The Permanente Medical Group, Santa Clara, California
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019;145(11):1082-1083. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2019.2798

To the Editor I read with great interest the report by Ropers et al,1 “Assessment of the Clinical Benefit of Imaging in Children with Unilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.” The authors present a well-designed review of the literature of obtaining imaging for pediatric patients with unilateral sensorineural hearing loss. The authors reported that they were able to identify a cause of the hearing loss in more than 33% of patients, but concluded that none of these findings had therapeutic consequences and therefore suggest that obtaining imaging in all cases may not have high utility. These findings and recommendations brought up 2 areas of concern for me.

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