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I would like to emphasize a few things to supplement what Dr. Lindsay said. We see cases of hydrops secondary to other types of inner ear disease, including congenital nerve deafness. We have several of these cases where the child was apparently born with a severe perceptive hearing loss and later on developed a fluctuating super-imposed hydrops. When that straightened out, the hearing resumed its previous level.
We have also had cases of congenital syphilitic nerve deafness where the hearing stabilized at a certain level after adequate antisyphilitic treatment. Then hydrops was superimposed with its fluctuations in hearing, and again, with treatment for the hydrops the hearing stabilized at the pervious level.
We have seen hydrops secondary to presbycusis, and Dr. Lindsay has shown us two cases of that. And, of course, we have hydrops secondary to otosclerosis. So hydrops can be secondary to other forms of inner ear disease
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