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November 1960

Paroxysmal Vertigo with Nystagmus and Parotid Swelling: In a Patient Suffering from Unilateral Total Deafness Following Concussion

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Copenhagen, Denmark
From the Ear Clinic of the Copenhagen City Hospital (Head: J. Falbe-Hansen, M.D.).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1960;72(5):610-613. doi:10.1001/archotol.1960.00740010622006

It is well known that severe head injury may give rise to pronounced disturbances of acoustic-vestibular function which may even become extinguished if the labyrinth is involved by a fracture of the temporal bone. Less attention has been given to the fact that severe acoustic-vestibular disturbances may be observed also after less severe head injuries. This is exemplified by the present patient who also had recurrent parotid swelling.

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