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Vestibulocochlear dysfunction in a patient with rheumatoid disease and vasculitis.
  1. P K Merrin,
  2. D G Macfarlane
  1. Department of Rheumatology, Pembury Hospital, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.


    The case is described of a patient with rheumatoid disease and evidence of vasculitis who developed acute vestibuloauditory dysfunction resulting in total deafness, which was assumed to be secondary to a vasculitic process affecting the vestibulocochlear nerve. Treatment of the underlying vasculitic process, despite effecting a general improvement of the patient's rheumatoid disease, did not significantly improve the auditory dysfunction.

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