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Meniere's - positive diagnosis?

Tom Boismier boismier at umich.edu
Mon Jul 29 06:51:25 EST 1996


In article <31fafcb4.8752902 at news.accessone.com>, steve at accessone.com says...
>
>Is there any positive diagnosis for Meniere's, or is it deduced from
>symptoms?

By "positive diagnosis", I assume you mean a "gold standard test" similar to a 
tuberculosis titer or blood tests. The answer is no. Meniere's is primarily 
diagnosed by history and symptoms. Diagnostic testing (ENG, rotation, 
glycerol, others) can aid or confirm diagnosis and localization. Audiometry 
demonstrating fluctuant hearing associated with attacks is very helpful. But 
none of these definitively diagnose Meniere's. (In fact ENG can only 
definitively diagnose 2 syndromes, an e-mail donut to the correct answer...
;)

For more info, check out The Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA), at:

http://www.teleport.com/~veda/

Make sure to follow some of their links to other sites, so you can get 
alternative views...




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