Pediatric Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Presenting With Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sietze Reitsma*, Robert Stokroos, Jacobiene W. Weber, Joost van Tongeren

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Objective: To present the rare case of a young boy with idiopathic intracranial hypertension presenting with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss developing over several months. This was accompanied by headaches, otalgia, tinnitus, and vertigo. Furthermore, we aim to provide a concise review on this matter, as this report represents the second case in literature of pediatric idiopathic intracranial hypertension presenting with hearing loss. Methods: Workup of a 9-year-old boy with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, including (among others) physical examination, audiometry, diagnostic imaging, and lumbar puncture. Results: Physical examination including fundoscopy as well as imaging showed no abnormalities. At presentation, pure tone audiometry revealed bone conduction thresholds of about 30 dB HL in both ears. Two months later, this declined to about 35 dB HL in both ears. Lumbar puncture revealed an increased intracranial pressure. The boy was thus diagnosed with idiopathic intracranial hypertension. After the lumbar puncture, the otological complaints gradually resolved, and the hearing normalized (bone conduction thresholds of 0-5 dB HL). Conclusion: Although rare, sensorineural hearing loss in the pediatric population together with otalgia, tinnitus, and vertigo can be due to idiopathic intracranial hypertension and as such can be reversible.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)996-1001
JournalAnnals of Otology Rhinology and Laryngology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


  • sensorineural hearing loss
  • idiopathic intracranial hypertension
  • pediatric otology

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