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Clinical Note
August 2000

Delayed-Onset Sensorineural Hearing Loss in a 3-Year-Old Survivor of Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery (Mr Hutchin, Ms Gilmer, and Dr Yarbrough), Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of North Carolina Hospitals (Ms Gilmer), Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics (Dr Yarbrough), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Chapel Hill.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000;126(8):1014-1017. doi:10.1001/archotol.126.8.1014

Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) and its conventional medical treatment are associated with sensorineural hearing loss, yet current recommendations for regular audiological evaluations of PPHN survivors are lacking. We report a case of delayed-onset, progressive sensorineural hearing loss in a 3-year-old patient with a history of PPHN and a normal auditory brainstem evoked response at 6 weeks of age. The relatively late detection of significant sensorineural hearing loss in this otherwise healthy 3-year-old illustrates the need for audiological evaluation at regular intervals in patients with a history of PPHN.

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