MRI and brainstem auditory evoked potential evidence of eighth cranial nerve involvement in multiple sclerosis

R. Bergamaschi, A. Romani, F. Zappoli, M. Versino, V. Cosi

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An MS patient experienced sudden hearing loss. Brainstem auditory evoked potentials, previously normal, showed substantial abnormalities that suggested the impairment of the distal part of the acoustic nerve. MRI detected a small hyperintense lesion along the acoustic nerve; the lesion decreased in size and then disappeared after steroid treatment. This demonstrates that a demyelinating lesion in the distal tract of the eighth cranial nerve may cause an acute hearing loss in MS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-272
Number of pages3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1997


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  • Neuroscience(all)

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