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Intermittent pressure therapy of intractable Ménière's disease using the Meniett device: a preliminary report.

TitleIntermittent pressure therapy of intractable Ménière's disease using the Meniett device: a preliminary report.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsGates GA, J Green D
JournalLaryngoscope
Volume112
Issue8 Pt 1
Pagination1489-93
Date Published2002 Aug
ISSN0023-852X
KeywordsAdult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Equipment Design, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Male, Meniere Disease, Middle Aged, Physical Therapy Modalities, Pilot Projects, Pressure, Vertigo
Abstract

<p><b>HYPOTHESIS: </b>Treatment with the Meniett device, which applies intermittent micropressure pulses to the inner ear through a tympanostomy tube, is effective in controlling vertigo in people with intractable Ménière's disease.</p><p><b>STUDY DESIGN: </b>Short-term, preliminary descriptive report.</p><p><b>METHODS: </b>Ten patients with intractable vertigo despite adequate medical therapy elected to use the Meniett device. After placement of a standard tympanostomy tube, the patient self-administers the Meniett device three times daily.</p><p><b>RESULTS: </b>The follow-up ranged from 3 to 11 months with an average of 8 months. All 10 patients responded to the therapy with vertigo control in 9 of 10 and a 50% reduction in the 10th case. There was a mean hearing gain of 6 dB, which was statistically significant. There were no major complications. Two subjects required tube reinsertion during the 8 months of follow-up.</p><p><b>CONCLUSIONS: </b>Use of the Meniett device is an effective and safe option for people with intractable vertigo from Ménière's disease.</p>

DOI10.1097/00005537-200208000-00029
Alternate JournalLaryngoscope
Citation KeyCK31
PubMed ID12172267