Temporary hearing impairment after general anesthesia - A case report

Ying Fai Chan, Chung Hsi Hsing, Jen Yin Chen, Chi Sing Hsu, Fuh Cheng Yeh

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The incidence of hearing impairment after anesthesia is rare. We report a case who received left total knee and hip replacement and developed severe hearing impairment of the left ear after general anesthesia. Examination of the left ear by an otolarygologist showed that there was no noticeable abnormality. The hearing acuity recovered gradually and returned to normal 3 days later. The use of nitrous oxide during anesthesia was incriminated as the possible cause.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-39
Number of pages3
JournalActa Anaesthesiologica Sinica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Anesthesia general
  • Nitrous oxide
  • Postoperative complication, hearing impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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