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April 1996

Annual Meeting of American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy

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San Diego, Calif

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996;122(4):446. doi:10.1001/archotol.1996.01890160086015

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This meeting was held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, La, on September 14 and 16, 1995.

John H. Boyles, Jr, MD, Dayton, Ohio, found in a review of the literature, 65 articles reporting allergy-related inner ear disease. He reported long-term results in 30 personal cases of patients with the classic symptoms of Meniere's disease. Of the patients, 35% had a history of allergies and 53% a family history of Meniere's disease, 47% were sensitive to foods, and 32% were sensitive to chemicals. The workup must include a complete evaluation of inhalants, foods, chemicals, fungal disorders, autoimmune disorders, and nutrition. Eleven of the 30 patients exhibited autoimmune thyroid disorder.

David Morris, MD, La Crosse, Wis, reviewed several double-blind, placebo-controlled studies in southern Europe that demonstrated significant effectiveness of sublingual therapy with grass and house-mite antigens. Recent immunologic studies, which support sublingual treatment, show that pure antigens that

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