Ophthalmologic disorders in children with syndromic and nonsyndromic hearing loss

Douglas R. Johnston, Joseph M. Curry, Brian Newborough, Thierry Morlet, Louis Bartoshesky, Sharon Lehman, Sara Ennis, Robert C. O'Reilly

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Objective: To determine the rate of ophthalmologic anomalies among patients with syndromic and nonsyndromic, congenital sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) to assess the need for comprehensive ophthalmologic evaluation in these children. Design: Retrospective medical chart review of children with SNHL who underwent comprehensive evaluation by pediatric ophthalmologists and geneticists. Setting: Tertiary care pediatric hospital. Patients: Seventy-seven patients with SNHL. Main Outcome Measures: Degree of hearing loss (HL) and presence of ophthalmologic and genetic disorders. Results: The overall rate of ophthalmologic disorders was 32% (25 of 77 patients). When children with multisystem genetic disorders known to be related to visual loss were excluded, the rate fell to 23% (12 of 53 vs 13 of 24; P=.006). There was no statistically significant difference in the degree of HL between patients with and without eye disorders (mean [SD], 46.5 [29.9] vs 49.1 [32.3] dB HL; P=.75). Patients with eye disorders were significantly more likely to have a multisystem genetic disorder (13 of 25[52%] vs 11 of 52 [21%]; P=.006). No patients with ocular abnormalities had isolated otologic disorders, but 9 of 52 (17%) of those patients without ocular abnormalities did. Conclusions: Comprehensive ophthalmologic examination revealed a rate of ophthalmologic disorders in children with SNHL in the lower end of the previously reported rates of 31% to 61%. Children with nonsyndromic SNHL have an approximately 2- to 3-fold increase in ocular abnormalities compared with the general pediatric population. Ophthalmologic and genetic consultations are warranted in patients with congenital SNHL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-280
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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