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June 1941

CHANGES IN VESTIBULAR SENSITIVITY IN MÉNIÈRE'S SYNDROME AND THEIR SIGNIFICANCE

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the Department of Surgery, New York Hospital, and Cornell University Medical College.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1941;33(6):969-974. doi:10.1001/archotol.1941.00660030980005
Abstract

It has been common ground with all observers that tests of vestibular function in cases of Ménière's syndrome are of no value because of the conflicting results. One patient will show hyperfunction and another will show hypofunction in the affected ear, while a third will show no difference between the two sides. The fact of these variations in function between individual patients cannot be gainsaid, but I submit that the deduction made from this fact, that vestibular tests are valueless in this condition, is fallacious. That function varies is surely evidence enough that the results mean something if only sufficient information is at hand to assess them. This paper will, I hope, show that such information is now available.

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