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November 1987

Endolymphatic System Surgery Using the Denver Inner Ear Shunt

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Burlington, Mass

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(11):1151. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860110017002

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Michael H. Fritsch, MD, of the Otology Group, Nashville, Tenn, presented the results of a cooperative study by Michael E. Glasscock, MD, and C. Gary Jackson, MD, of the Otology Group and John R. D. Dickins, MD, Little Rock, Ark, on the effectiveness of the Denver inner ear shunt on controlling Meniere's disease at the American Neurotology Society Meeting, Denver. In their study, 100 patients underwent insertion of the shunt. Questionnaires were sent to these patients with 56 patients responding, adequate data thereby becoming available on 41 patients. Seventy percent of those in the study continued to receive therapy consisting of diuretics and salt restriction. Patients were evaluated according to the 1985 guidelines of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery for vertigo control and hearing. Vertigo control was evaluated by obtaining a ratio of the number of attacks over a 24-month period postoperatively to the number of vertigo

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