A case of intractable suspected perilymph fistula with severe depression

Fumiyuki Goto, Naoki Oishi, Tomoko Tsutsumi, Kaoru Ogawa

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A 68-year-old woman presented dizziness whenever she put her finger into the right ear and also complained of water-streaming tinnitus, which indicated she would have been suffering from perilymph fistula. An exploratory tympanotomy was conducted. Leakage of perilymph from the round window was suspected, although the cochlin-tomoprotein (CTP) results were negative. After the procedure, the patient’s finger-induced dizziness, tinnitus, and vertigo spells disappeared completely. However, her dizzy symptom did not improve. The patient also complained of general fatigue, weight loss, and insomnia, which led us to suspect comorbid depression. Antidepressants and vestibular rehabilitation treatment resulted in a significant improvement in her dizziness. Although it is not apparent whether the patient had a perilymph fistula, this case demonstrates the importance of evaluating not only physical symptoms but also psychological comorbidity, especially when the physical symptoms are intractable despite treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-501
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatry Investigation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Depression
  • Perilymph fistula
  • Vestibular rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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