Meniere's Disease (MD), also called endolymphatic hydrops, is a disorder of the inner ear associated with a change in fluid volume within a portion of the inner ear known as the labyrinth. When your head moves, nerve receptors in the labyrinth send signals to the brain about the body's motion.
Symptoms include hearing loss, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Persons experience symptoms at varying frequencies, durations, and intensities. Symptoms may occur daily or as infrequently as once a year. Attacks commonly occur suddenly and may last several hours. The very first episode may last longer than 24 hours, but subsequent episodes do not.
While the disease may occur in children, it most commonly affects persons between the ages of 20 and 50. It occurs equally in men and women.
Treatment of Meniere's Disease consists of medication and possibly, surgery with much consideration given to preservation of hearing.
The Medifocus Guide on Meniere's Disease provides answers to the following important questions and medical issues:
What are the most common symptoms of Meniere's Disease?
Are there any recognized risk factors for developing Meniere's Disease?
What kinds of medical tests are used to establish the diagnosis of Meniere's Disease?
What is the current standard of care for the treatment of Meniere's Disease?
What treatment options are available for the management of Meniere's Disease?
Are there any promising new developments or potential breakthroughs in treatment?
Who are the most notable medical authorities who specialize in Meniere's Disease?
Where are the leading hospitals and centers of research for Meniere's Disease?
What are the most important questions to ask my doctor about Meniere's Disease?
What Your Doctor Reads:
This MediFocus Guide contains an extensive listing of citations and abstracts of recent journal articles that have been published about this condition in trustworthy medical journals. This is the same type of information that is available to physicians and other health care professionals. A partial selection of journal articles that are abstracted in this MediFocus Guide includes:
Update on intratympanic gentamicin for Meniere's disease. Laryngoscope. 2000
Vestibular surgery for Meniere's disease in the elderly: a review of techniques and indications. Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal. 1999
Immunologic aspects of Meniere's disease. American Journal of Otolaryngology. 1999
Meniere's disease. Advances in Oto-Rhino-Laryngology. 1999
Diagnosing and treating Meniere's disease. Practitioner. 1998
Fortnightly review. Diagnosis and treatment of Meniere's disease. BMJ. 1998
Titration streptomycin therapy in Meniere's disease: long-term results. Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery. 1998
Viral theory for Meniere's disease and endolymphatic hydrops: overview and new therapeutic options for viral labyrinthitis. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1997
Use of sustained release vehicles in the treatment of Meniere's disease. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America. 1997
Vestibular rehabilitation strategies in Meniere's disease. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America. 1997
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