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Lookup NU author(s): Paul Counter,
Dr Theresa Wardell,
Professor Robert Taylor,
Emeritus Professor Doug Turnbull
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Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) defects are responsible for symptom complexes that are characteristically heterogeneous but are typically represented by muscle weakness and neurological deficits. One common feature of mitochondrial disease is deafness. This report details the assessment and outcome of a patient with a previously undescribed mtDNA rearrangement who underwent cochlear implantation. The patient shows a marked improvement in sentence recognition tests and recognition of environmental sounds. Patients with profound sensorineural hearing loss due to mtDNA defects should be considered as candidates for cochlear implantation when they no longer benefit from conventional hearing aids.
Author(s): Counter PR, Hilton MP, Webster D, Wardell T, Taylor RW, Besley G, Turnbull DM, Robinson PJ
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
ISSN (print): 00222151
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
PubMed id: 11564302
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