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are meniere's disease and endolymphatic hydrops the same condition?

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Dr. Dennis Diaz
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: Their symptoms are the same (episodic vertigo, fluctuating hearing loss, tinnitus and fullness of the ear). Endolymphatic hydrops is most frequently described as a disorder of increased pressure within the inner ear and has many known etiologies or causes. The term meniere's disease should only be applied in cases where the cause is idiopathic or not known.
Answered on May 8, 2014
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Dr. Steven Levine
39 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
I agree with Dr. Diaz. We use the term "endolymphatic hydrops" to describe the pathologic process, and the term "Meniere's Disease or Syndrome" to describe cases of endolymphatic hydrops where there is no cause discoverable.
Nov 9, 2011

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