A Test for Predicting the Next Episode in Ménière’s Disease

  • Jiro Hozawa
  • Fumiaki Fujiwara
  • Toshio Kamimura


It would be very adventageous in the treatment of patients with Ménière’s disease to be able to predict the onset of the next episode and possibly prevent it by careful management. However, despite extensive research, an exact marker to warn of an impending episode is still obscure [1, 2]. Alfero [3] reported the diagnostic significance of fullness in the ear, which could be evoked by the increase of endolymphatic pressure. However, according to Schmidt et al. [4], only half of Ménière’s patients mentioned this feeling of fullness, and, in any event, this sensation did not always precede the attack. Other symptoms, such as increased occipital pain and changes in hearing are unreliable as signals for an oncoming attack of vertigo.


Normal Type Severe Hydrops Endolymphatic Hydrops Slow Phase Velocity Abnormal Type 


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  • Jiro Hozawa
  • Fumiaki Fujiwara
  • Toshio Kamimura

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