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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2013, Article ID 937840, 2 pages
Case Report

Superficial Siderosis and Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, NSW 2065, Australia

Received 11 March 2013; Accepted 28 April 2013

Academic Editors: M.-K. Chen and E. Mevio

Copyright © 2013 Kirsti S. V. Lee et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This case report highlights an unusual case of sudden sensorineural hearing loss related to superficial siderosis (SS). Our patient had a craniotomy for medulloblastoma 23 years earlier, and this may represent a delayed complication related to this procedure. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) remains the key diagnostic investigation to illustrate the imaging features of superficial siderosis and exclude other pathologies. Increased awareness of progressive and sudden hearing complications caused by SS is important in the otolaryngologic community to expedite management and better counsel patients during the consent process.