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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2015, Article ID 751538, 3 pages
Case Report

Bilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss and Polyneuropathy in a Patient with Sweet’s Syndrome

1Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA
2Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
3Department of Dermatology, University of Alabama-Birmingham, EFH 414, 1530 3rd Avenue S., Birmingham, AL 35294, USA

Received 28 August 2015; Accepted 11 November 2015

Academic Editor: Ingo Todt

Copyright © 2015 Cather M. Cala 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.


Sweet’s syndrome is an inflammatory systemic disease which has been associated with various underlying causes. The disease can involve multiple areas of the body including the skin and neurological system. There have been only two cases which have described otological involvement. This report presents a patient who developed loss of hearing secondary to Sweet’s syndrome after developing cutaneous involvement along with peripheral neuropathy. Despite the patient’s skin and neuropathy noticing improvement with intravenous immunoglobulin and azathioprine, he required bilateral cochlear implants for partial recovery of his hearing loss. This case highlights the need to recognize Sweet’s syndrome as a complicated disease process where the role of otolaryngologists is important in the multidisciplinary coordination of care in both diagnosis and treatment.