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January 1969

Shunt and Other Operations for Hydrops

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Los Angeles
From the Otologic Medical Group, Los Angeles.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(1):104-107. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020106018

The TOPIC which I have called "Shunt and Other Operations for Meniere's Disease" is, I think, a rather broad one, and I gave some thought as to whether I should try to go into specific details on individual operations. I finally elected more or less to philosophize about the entire group of these operations.

Today, we are presented with quite a bewildering array of operations for Meniere's disease. I think the question is perhaps, to paraphrase an old saying, "What is the poor working otologist to do?"

I think these operations can be grouped into various classifications. I usually group them as follows: those that are totally destructive of the inner ear function (we may have more to say about these in later papers) and those that are partially destructive (these are the denervation procedures, such as section of the eighth nerve by the various routes that are available, the

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