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Hearing status in patients with vitiligo

Authors Rahimi H, Mozafari N, Bastaninejad S, Tehranchinia Z, Samani NA

Received 9 January 2019

Accepted for publication 10 April 2019

Published 21 June 2019 Volume 2019:12 Pages 445—450


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Jeffrey Weinberg

Hoda Rahimi,1 Nikoo Mozafari,1 Shahin Bastaninejad,2 Zohreh Tehranchinia,1 Nourullah Aghaebrahimi Samani2

1Skin Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; 2Otorhinolaryngology Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Background: Vitiligo is an acquired disorder characterized by depigmented macules and patches that result from a progressive loss of functional melanocytes. During embryogenesis, precursor cells of melanocytes (melanoblasts) migrate not only to the epidermis and hair follicles but also to the leptomeninges, uveal tract of the eye, and inner ear. Thus, it has been proposed that these organs may be involved in vitiligo, as well.
Objective: This study was designed to evaluate the frequency and characteristics of hearing loss by means of audiometry and  distortion  product otoaucostic emission (DPOAE) in patients with vitiligo.
Methods: Fifty-three patients with vitiligo and 52 age- and sex-matched healthy subjects were enrolled in this case–control study. After a complete otological examination, comprehensive audiological evaluations including pure tone audiometry (PTA) and DPOAE were performed for all participants and the results were compared between the two groups.
Results: Neither PTA nor DPOAE showed significant difference between the two groups in any of the evaluated frequencies (0.75–8 KHz). Furthermore, in patient group, there was no association between PTA/DPOAE and age, gender, duration of the disease, presence of halo nevus, type of vitiligo, extent of involvement, and positive family history of vitiligo.
Conclusion: Vitiligo patients have normal hearing status.

Keywords: vitiligo, hearing, hypoacusis, OAE, melanocyte

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