Skull Base 2007; 17(6): 409-412
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-991114

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Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma Presenting as Bilateral Tumors of the Internal Auditory Canal

Minoo Lenarz1 , Martin Durisin1 , Hartmut Becker2 , Thomas Lenarz1 , Mohamad Nejadkazem1
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, Medical University of Hanover, Germany
  • 2Department of Neuroradiology, Medical University of Hanover, Germany
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Publication Date:
18 October 2007 (online)


The increasing incidence of central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma in the general population, especially in young adults with AIDS, should alert the otolaryngologist that in future there will be an even greater incidence of this rare disease. It may be responsible for hearing loss accompanied by other neurological deficits. CNS lymphoma often has a rapidly progressive course. Early diagnosis and rapid therapy are crucial for a better prognosis. We report a case of primary CNS lymphoma involving both internal auditory canals that presented with sudden deafness and disequilibrium accompanied by facial and abducens nerve palsy.


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Minoo LenarzM.D. 

Department of Otolaryngology, Medical University of Hanover

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