K. M. GOEBEL, M.D.; F. D. GOEBEL, M.D.
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To the editor: The new aspect of Beethoven's deafness, recently introduced by Dr. Naiken (1), again raises the question of whether the morphological changes of the skull in Paget's disease can impair function of the cranial nerves.
This theory provokes some comments. Neurological investigations of cranial nerves I to XII have been performed on 15 patients with Paget's disease of the bone confined to the skull (2). Nine men and six women, between 65 and 98 years of age, were examined at the neurosurgical outpatient clinic, Free University of Berlin, in 1968. The diagnosis was based on the skull X-ray
GOEBEL KM, GOEBEL FD. Deafness in Paget's Disease?. Ann Intern Med. ;76:336. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-2-336_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(2):336.
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