What are the acute symptoms of suppurative labyrinthitis?

Updated: Mar 09, 2020
  • Author: Muhammad Waseem, MBBS, MS, FAAP, FACEP, FAHA; Chief Editor: Ravindhra G Elluru, MD, PhD  more...
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Inflammation of the labyrinth produces vestibular and auditory symptoms. In patients with chronic OM (COM), bacteria may infiltrate the bony labyrinth and produce a condition of suppurative labyrinthitis. Acute symptoms include hearing loss and vertigo, which usually improve after the body goes through a phase of central compensation for the damaged vestibular organs. Prolonged labyrinth infection leads to vestibular end-organ damage and permanent hearing loss.


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