Inner-ear obliteration in ulcerative colitis patients with sensorineural hearing loss

S. Kariya, K. Fukushima, Y. Kataoka, S. Tominaga, K. Nishizaki

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Objective: Systemic autoimmune diseases, including ulcerative colitis, may involve the inner ear. Several ulcerative colitis cases presenting with sensorineural hearing loss have been reported. We report the T2-weighted, three-dimensional, inner-ear magnetic resonance imaging findings in the inner ears of two such patients. Methods: Case reports and a review of the literature concerning autoimmune disease and sensorineural hearing loss are presented. Results: We describe two cases of ulcerative colitis with sensorineural hearing loss in which three-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging revealed obliteration of the inner ear. Those inner ears with obliteration had severe hearing loss, and responded poorly to steroid therapy. Conclusion: To our knowledge, there has been no previous published report of the T2-weighted, inner-ear magnetic resonance imaging findings of cases of ulcerative colitis with sensorineural hearing loss. This paper represents the first published report in the world literature of inner-ear obliteration in such patients. Three-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging is beneficial in elucidating the pathophysiology of the inner-ear involvement seen in ulcerative colitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)871-874
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2008



  • Inner Ear
  • MRI
  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss
  • Ulcerative Colitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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