Secondary or Idiopathic Endolymphatic Hydrops?

  • Masaaki Kitahara
  • Yoshiro Yazawa


It is widely accepted that Ménière’s is an idiopathic disease involving the membranous inner ear. Disease which cause secondary endolymphatic hydrops (SEH) are differentiated from Ménière’s disease. Theoretically this idea is acceptable, but it is quite difficult to distinguish SEH from idiopathic endolymphatic hydrops (IEH). In other words, when symptoms similar to those of Ménière’s disease coexist with another definitive disease, we find difficulty in determining whether the symptoms are caused by the disease itself or whether they are truly those of Ménière’s disease. In this paper, we will discuss this controversial problem in diagnosing Ménière’s disease.


Acoustic Neuroma Endolymphatic Hydrops Congenital Syphilis Sudden Deafness Endolymphatic Hydrops 
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  • Yoshiro Yazawa

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