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March 1954

Clinical Notes, New Instruments and Techniques: NEW TYPE OF TREATMENT OF MÉNIÈRE'S SYNDROME

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AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1954;59(3):349-350. doi:10.1001/archotol.1954.00710050361016

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About three years ago I became much interested in Ménière's disease, known by a great many as Ménière's syndrome. This disease was first noted by Dr. Prosper Ménière, French physician, 1799-1862, and is characterized by an inflammatory process and congestion of the semicircular canals, manifested by pallor, vertigo, and various aural and ocular disturbances. It was also called "aural vertigo" and "auditory vertigo."

When I moved to this part of the country from the East, I was astounded at the great number of allergies encountered showing these signs. All presented the typical syndrome of (1) hay fever type of conjunctivitis and rhinitis; (2) "blue" appearance of the mucous membrane of the nose, in contrast to the normal pink; (3) great increase in the eosinophile count in the nasal secretion, and (4) nystagmus, either transitory or permanent. Accordingly, I began to make a survey of these cases, having an idea that

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