WAARDENBURG SYNDROME: a rare cause of sensorineural hearing loss in infancy
Mohamed Amine Allouane, Adil Lekhbal, Rabii Laababsi, Sami Rouadi, Reda Abada, Mohamed Roubal, Mohamed Mahtar
Introduction: Waardenburg syndrome is a rare disease characterized by deafness in association with pigmentary anomalies and defects of neural crest-derived tissues; It is responsible for about 2% of profound congenital hearing loss. Case report: We report the case of a 4 years old male child with chief complaint of decreased hearing in both ears since childhood, and delayed speech development. The child had features characteristic of Waardenburg syndrome type I. The cochlear implant was performed in the following month with a favorable evolution reported on the APCEI, COR and SIR scales. Conlusion: Waardenburg syndrome is a rare cause of sensorineural hearing loss in children. In this case, it was a type I of WS. Because of the profound hearing loss, cochlear implantation was indicated and was performed with a favorable evolution.
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