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Meniere's disease

Definition/Symptoms: intermittent dizziness lasting 1 - 24 hours, associated with hearing loss in one ear with ringing and fullness in the same ear.  Usually nausea and vomiting occurs with the dizziness.  Between attacks, the patient has no symptoms and the hearing loss, ringing and fullness in the ear is gone.

Possible causes: There is no know cause of meniere's.

Possible course of treatment: after taking a careful history, a careful ear exam and then a hearing test, treatment with Dyazide (a diuretic) and a Vasodilator is given.  A low-salt diet and abstaining from caffeine and tobacco is urged.  Medical treatment is very successful. If medical treatment fails, surgery is quite helpful.

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