Scientific article
Case report

Successful Treatment of a Postpolio Tinnitus with Type A Botulinum Toxin

Published inLaryngoscope, vol. 115, no. 7, p. 1288-1290
Publication date2005

Objectives/hypothesis: Objective tinnitus is a symptom often observed in patients with chronic hyperactivity of masticatory muscles. Methods: We report here the unusual case of a 63-year-old woman who developed a distressing tinnitus related to contractions of reinnervated masticatory muscles. This reinnervation process was caused by a postpolio syndrome that gave rise to an acoustic resonance phenomenon transmitted to the middle ear as an audible sound. Results: The tinnitus was successfully treated with electromyography-guided intramuscular injections of type A botulinum toxin. Conclusion: The intramuscular injection of botulinum toxin was found to be effective in relieving severe and disabling postpolio tinnitus.

  • Botulinum Toxins, Type A / therapeutic use
  • Electromyography / instrumentation
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Masticatory Muscles / innervation
  • Masticatory Muscles / physiopathology
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuromuscular Agents / therapeutic use
  • Postpoliomyelitis Syndrome / complications
  • Postpoliomyelitis Syndrome / drug therapy
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Tinnitus / diagnosis
  • Tinnitus / drug therapy
  • Tinnitus / etiology
Affiliation Not a UNIGE publication
Citation (ISO format)
SCOLOZZI, Paolo et al. Successful Treatment of a Postpolio Tinnitus with Type A Botulinum Toxin. In: Laryngoscope, 2005, vol. 115, n° 7, p. 1288–1290. doi: 10.1097/01.MLG.0000165371.98079.BD
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