Norberto V. Martinez

Norberto V. Martinez

St. Luke’s Medical Center, Philippines


Dr. Norberto V. Martinez is a well known Neuro-Otologist from the Philippines. He has completed his Neuro-Otology Fellowship in 1989 from Zurich University Hospital, Switzerland, and Siriraj Hospital, Thailand. He is an active consultant in numerous hospitals in the Philippines, practicing Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He has published several research papers, case reports, journal articles in the Philippine Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery since 1986.

Research Interest

Streptococcus suis is a bacterial pathogen causing a wide range of infections including meningitis, lung infections, arthritis, sepsis and endocarditis.1 Over the years, an increasing number of cases have been reported among humans especially in countries in Southeast Asia specifically in Vietnam and Thailand where pig-rearing is common.2 One of the prominent symptoms of S. suis infection is hearing loss that may be present during the onset or a few days after.1 We report two cases of adult S. suis meningitis presenting with bilateral hearing loss.