Cogan Syndrome

Below you will find more information about Cogan Syndrome from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Cogan Syndrome it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Cogan Syndrome and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Cogan Syndrome comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Cogan syndrome is defined as a rheumatic disease that may lead to hearing loss, dizziness, and vision difficulty. The syndrome can also be linked to blood-vessel swelling in other parts of the body; this may cause damage of major organs and even death.

Diagnosis

Cogan syndrome is diagnosed after a doctor finds the common problem combinations linked to the disease in the inner ear and eye. Doctors will rule out infection as cause of symptom, and evaluate the nervous system.

Treatment

Treatment options vary, depending on symptoms. Mild-eye disease can be treated using anti-inflammatory medicines, such as NSAIDs and steroids; other treatment for the symptom includes oral antibiotics and immunosuppressive medications. Inner ear excess fluid that cause balance problems are treated with prescribed diuretic drugs, which will increase urination and remove body fluid. Cochlear implants and corneal transplant are also options for treatment.

Symptoms and Signs

The most usual indications include light-sensitive, red, painful eyes, blurry vision, poor balance, vomiting, nausea, vertigo, fatigue, weight loss, fever, and hearing loss that can turn permanent and profound. In rare cases, symptoms include rash, arm pain, chest pain, breath shortness, and enlarged lymph nodes.

Causes

The cause of the disease is unknown, but one theory says it's an 'autoimmune disorder' wherein the immune system of the body mistakenly attacks ear and eye tissue.

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