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Causes need to be better understood for Treatment.

"Since it was first described by Prosper Meniere 150 years ago, the cause of Meniere's disease remains largely unknown. Currently thought to be due to an immune-mediated inner ear disorder, the severe episodes of vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss can be disabling. Treatment is aimed primarily at controlling symptoms rather than curing the disease and may pose a risk of permanent hearing loss and/or balance dysfuntion in order to alleviate vertigo. By studying patient factors in a large population of people with Meniere's disease, the authors are helping to identify pathophysiologic processes which may cause or lead to the development of Meniere's disease. Once the cause is better understood, more directed therapeutic approaches can be undertaken to potentially offer a cure for this disorder."

CALHOUN D. CUNNINGHAM III, MD, Assistant Professor-Duke Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

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Title Annotation:THE VIEW FROW DUKE; Meniere's disease
Author:Cunningham, Calhoun D.
Publication:Duke Medicine Health News
Article Type:Report
Date:Jul 1, 2014
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