Sensorineural hearing loss after neonatal meningitis: a single-centre retrospective study

Sharma, Ankur, Leaf, James M., Thomas, Saumya, Cane, Christine, Stuart, Claire, Tremlett, Catherine, Fitzgerald, John and Clarke, Paul ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6203-7632 (2022) Sensorineural hearing loss after neonatal meningitis: a single-centre retrospective study. BMJ Paediatrics Open, 6 (1). ISSN 2399-9772

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Abstract

Babies in intensive care are at higher risk for meningitis and sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). We reviewed the rate of SNHL among definite cases of bacterial/fungal meningitis in our neonatal intensive care unit over a 16-year period (2006–2021). We identified 16 confirmed meningitis cases among 16 070 admissions: 8 of 10 surviving infants with available diagnostic audiology had normal/satisfactory hearing while 2 of 10 had SNHL. Both infants with permanent hearing loss had been born extremely preterm and received potentially ototoxic antimicrobials. Larger studies are needed to clarify whether SNHL occurs mainly due to meningitis itself or to its antimicrobial drug treatment.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2022 10:32
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2022 00:27
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/88635
DOI: 10.1136/bmjpo-2022-001601

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