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April 1952

SOME VIEWPOINTS ON THE OPERATIVE TREATMENT IN MÉNIÈRE'S DISEASE

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1952;55(4):420-433. doi:10.1001/archotol.1952.00710010432004
Abstract

MÉNIÈRE'S disease has presented a difficult and baffling problem to our research colleagues. Attempts have been made to explain the etiology and pathology in order to arrive at a unitary conception of the disease. Probably the term Ménière's syndrome would be more appropriate than Ménière's disease. The experimental therapeutic variations are countless. Especially is this true of the conservative treatment, although many different forms of operative treatment also have been attempted.

As the etiology and pathology are not sufficiently well known, and fundamental concepts are certainly often widely divergent, it is obvious that a single therapeutic principle could not be adequate. In the majority of the cases, one is able to remove or allay the symptoms for a longer or shorter period, but a completely ideal method of treatment has not been found.

Most authors agree that the symptoms are probably caused by an increase in pressure in the labyrinth.

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