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November 1989

Psychological Profile of Patients With Meniere's Disease

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Communicative Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine (Drs N. J. Coker and Jenkins, and Ms R. R. Coker); and Department of Educational Psychology, University of Houston-University Park (Dr Vincent), Houston, Tex.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1989;115(11):1355-1357. doi:10.1001/archotol.1989.01860350089021

• Forty-eight patients with Meniere's disease underwent psychological assessment with the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory and Diagnostic Inventory of Personality and Symptoms. Using the presence or absence of recurrent vertigo or chronic dysequilibrium as the differentiating feature, the results of two groups were compared. A clinical diagnosis of depression (axis I) was evident in 80% of the patients with active vestibular symptoms examined by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory and 70% by the Diagnostic Inventory of Personality and Symptoms compared with 32% (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) and 39% (Diagnostic Inventory of Personality and Symptoms) in the inactive group. The data support the addition of depression to the clinical picture of active Meniere's disease.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1989;115:1355-1357)