A new systemic review of case reports and case studies related to otologic dysfunction in patients with the novel SARS‐CoV‐2 was published in Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology.

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Researchers from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, reviewed 7 studies/reports involving patients with hearing loss. Based on the review, they concluded that “SARS‐CoV‐2 is a probable cause of middle ear infections and sensorineural hearing loss, secondary to spread of the novel virus into the middle ear and related neural structures.”

Currently, there is no evidence that SARS-CoV-2 is present in the middle ear, however, the authors note the “significance of confirming the presence of SARS‐CoV‐2 is important in fully elucidating the clinical presentations of COVID‐19 and recognizing that viral particles can shed during examination and surgical procedures within this area creating potential infection risks.”

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Original Paper: Maharaj S, Alvarez MB, Mungul S, Hari K. Otologic dysfunction in patients with COVID‐19: A systematic review. Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology.2020:1-5.

Source: Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology