Endolymphatic Hydrops Induced by Chronic Otitis Media

  • Etsuo Yamamoto
  • Chikashi Mizukami


Some patients with otitis media complain of symptoms characteristic of Ménière’s disease (vertigo, tinnitus, and fluctuating hearing loss). Paparella et al. [1], on the basis of clinical observations and temporal bone studies, presented the hypothesis that endolymphatic hydrops can result from chronic otitis media. Saito et al. [2], on the basis of temporal bone studies, reported that 44.8% of ears with histological evidence of otitis media had a distended Reissner’s membrane.


Otitis Medium Round Window Chronic Otitis Medium Chronic Suppurative Otitis Medium Pure Tone Audiometry 
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  • Etsuo Yamamoto
  • Chikashi Mizukami

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