Meniere’s Disease

A disorder of the inner ear caused by the increased pressure of endolymph within the coclea and the semicircular canals.

Symptoms:

  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
  • sensitivity to loud sounds
  • progressive loss of hearing
  • headache
  • nausea
  • vertigo

Periodic symptoms may last minutes to hours.

Treatment:

Management of symptoms:

  • bed rest
  • sedation
  • medication for nausea and vertigo
  • Surgical intervention to drain the accumulation of endolymph and decrease increased pressure

Chabner, Davi-Ellen. 2007. The Language of Medicine. 8th ed. Saunders Elsevier, Missouri

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