European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology

, Volume 256, Supplement 1, pp S18–S21

Treatment of sudden sensorineural hearing loss with a continuous epidural block

  • M. Fujino
  • K. Hisashi
  • N. Yashima
  • M. Takeshita
  • Y. Fujiwara
  • K. Chujo
  • T. Nakagawa
  • S. Komune
  • S. Komiyama
Otology

DOI: 10.1007/PL00014146

Cite this article as:
Fujino, M., Hisashi, K., Yashima, N. et al. European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology (1999) 256(Suppl 1): S18. doi:10.1007/PL00014146

Abstract

The efficacy of a continuous epidural block was evaluated in the treatment of 20 patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). Ten patients were treated with continuous cervicothoracic epidural block (group A) and the other 10 were treated with stellate ganglion block (group B). No significant difference in factors affecting prognosis was noted between the groups. In the epidural block group 70% achieved substantial hearing improvement, while this occurred in only 30% of patients undergoing stellate ganglion block. These findings suggest that continuous epidural block can be effective in the treatment of sudden SNHL.

Key words Sudden sensorineural hearing lossContinuous epidural blockStellate ganglion blockLocal analgesia

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Fujino
    • 1
  • K. Hisashi
    • 3
  • N. Yashima
    • 2
  • M. Takeshita
    • 2
  • Y. Fujiwara
    • 4
  • K. Chujo
    • 3
  • T. Nakagawa
    • 1
  • S. Komune
    • 5
  • S. Komiyama
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Faculity of Medicine, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Fukuoka 812-8582, JapanJP
  2. 2.Department of Anesthesia, Kyushu Central Hospital, Fukuoka 815-0032, JapanJP
  3. 3.Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Shimonoseki City Hospital, Shimonoseki 750-0041, JapanJP
  4. 4.Department of Anesthesia, Shimonoseki City Hospital, Shimonoseki 750-0041, JapanJP
  5. 5.Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Miyazaki Medical College, Miyazaki 889-1601, JapanJP