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Other TitlesHistorical Clinicopathological Conference: El Sordo
DescriptionThe diagnosis of the illness that caused Francisco Goya to lose his hearing at the age of 46 is the discussion topic for the 2017 conference. The artist enjoyed good health until 1792 when he fell ill with “colic”. He recovered only to sicken again several months later after which he became totally deaf. During the course of the latter illness he experienced balance issues, nausea, abdominal pain, hallucinations, and problems with his hearing and sight. Included are a medical history as well as Dr. Hertzano’s diagnosis that Goya had Susac syndrome, an autoimmune disease, with syphilis a secondary possibility.
Presenter's Diagnosis: Cause of Deafness was syphilis, Susac syndrome, or Cogan syndrome. In the 21st Century, Goya would have been fitted with cochlear implants which would have enabled him to hear again.
SponsorsUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore. School of Medicine
VA Maryland Health Care System (U.S.)
University of Maryland, Baltimore. School of Medicine. Medical Alumni Association
Kramer, Morton D., M.D.