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What is Ménière's syndrome?

Ménière's syndrome (also known as endolymphatic hydrops) is the result of a fluid imbalance in the inner ear. Symptoms of Ménière's syndrome include vertigo (spinning sensation), sensitivity to loud sounds, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), temporary or permanent hearing loss, and fullness/pressure in the ears. Severe attacks can include nausea, vomiting, and an increased risk for falls. Attacks can be sudden and last for several hours.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 08/06/2013.

References

  • Phillips JS et al. Intratympanic steroids for Ménière's disease or syndrome. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011 Jul 6;(7):CD008514.
  • Lambert PR et al. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study to assess safety and clinical activity of OTO-104 given as a single intratympanic injection in patients with unilateral Ménière's disease. Otol Neurotol 2012 Sep;33(7):1257-65.

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