Audiological abnormalities in the Klippel-Feil syndrome
- aDepartment of Clinical Genetics, St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester, UK, bHearing Assessment Centre, Timperley Health Centre, Trafford Health Care NHS Trust, Timperley, UK, cUniversity Department of Audiological Medicine, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK
- Dr McGaughran, Department of Clinical Genetics, St Mary’s Hospital, Hathersage Road, Manchester M13 0JH, UK.
- Accepted 28 April 1998
Klippel-Feil syndrome (KFS) is defined as a short neck with decreased movement and low posterior hairline. Radiologically, there is a failure of cervical segmentation. Deafness is a well known associated feature and may be of sensorineural, conductive, or mixed type. The audiological assessment of 44 patients with KFS is reported. Thirty five were found to have abnormalities on audiological testing. The presence of other features in these patients, reviews of data from other reports, and the need for further study are discussed.