Question: A 34 year old male comes to your office for sudden hearing loss occurring 2 weeks ago. He has no significant medical history. You perform an intratympanic steroid injection and recommend oral steroids, but he refuses, citing side effects he experienced from a prior steroid burst and taper. He returns to your office 3 days later at the request of his girlfriend as she noted asymmetry in his smile. You obtain additional history and discover that he was on a recent camping trip in the northwoods of Minnesota. What is the leading diagnosis? [Answer will be posted with next week's new question]
Answer to last week's question, "Don't Cry For Me" (February 6, 2017)
Left recurrent laryngeal nerve injury.