World Arnold Chiari Malformation Association
 Vestibular Manifestations

Audio-vestibular manifestations of Chiari malformation and outcome of surgical decompression: a case report.

Ahmmed AU, Mackenzie I, Das VK, Chatterjee S, Lye RH

University Department of Otolaryngology and Audiological medicine, Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK.

Sensorineural hearing loss, tinnitus, dizziness and ataxia are recognised symptoms associated with Chiari malformations but they are rarely the presenting complaints. Patients with such symptoms are frequently referred to otolaryngologists and audiological physicians. We report a case of a 13-year-old girl who presented complaining of tinnitus and impaired hearing, and was subsequently diagnosed as having a type I Chiari malformation. Pure tone audiogram showed a mild hearing impairment on the left side and the speech audiogram was normal. Auditory brain stem responses and the electronystagmography were abnormal. The patient underwent posterior fossa decompression following which her tinnitus disappeared, the hearing problem recovered and some of the abnormal electrophysiological parameters were corrected.


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