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The Clinical Epidemiology of Ménière’s Disease: Functional Asymmetry

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Acute or episodic vertigo is the most characteristic symptom of Ménière’s disease. This kind of vertigo appears when the function of the vestibular labyrinth abruptly becomes asymmetrical. Therefore, a study of the origin of the asymmetry or laterality of a labyrinthine lesion is needed; it could provide one of the keys in solving some of the problems concerning the pathogenesis and treatment of Ménière’s disease.


  • Blast Injury
  • Functional Asymmetry
  • Vestibular Aqueduct
  • Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction
  • Anterior Loop

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Watanabe, I., Ikeda, M., Niizeki, Y. (1990). The Clinical Epidemiology of Ménière’s Disease: Functional Asymmetry. In: Kitahara, M. (eds) Ménière’s Disease. Springer, Tokyo.

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