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Epidemiological study of severe cases of Meniére's disease in Japan.
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PMID:  8749177     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In order to clarify the characteristics of severe cases of Meniére's disease (MD), we analyzed various epidemiological factors such as sex ratio, past history, complication, cause of onset of vertiginous attacks, etc., in a series of 958 patients with definite MD. Data were obtained from the three Japan-wide surveys of MD conducted by the Meniére's Disease Research Committee of Japan (1975-76) and the Vestibular Disorders Research Committee of Japan (1982-84 & 1990). Following the ideas proposed by the members of the Vestibular Disorder Research Committee of Japan, we divided severe cases into three categories according to the following criteria i) bilateral MD cases (BMD), ii) unilateral MD cases with prolonged disabled vertigo (UPDV), iii) unilateral MD cases with profound hearing loss (UPHL). About 40% of the subjects were classified as severe cases (UPDV: 23%; BMD: 9%; UPHL: 6%). The ratio of otitis media in past history was statistically different between severe cases and non-severe patients (p < 0.05), suggesting that otitis media in the past may contribute to the severity of Meniére's disease.
H Shojaku; Y Watanabe; K Mizukoshi; M Kitahara; Y Yazawa; I Watanabe; J Ohkubo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta oto-laryngologica. Supplementum     Volume:  520 Pt 2     ISSN:  0365-5237     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Otolaryngol Suppl     Publication Date:  1995  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-10-03     Completed Date:  1996-10-03     Revised Date:  2008-02-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370355     Medline TA:  Acta Otolaryngol Suppl     Country:  NORWAY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  415-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Otolaryngology, Toyama Medical and Pharamaceutical University, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Audiometry, Pure-Tone
Cross-Sectional Studies
Functional Laterality / physiology
Hearing Loss / classification,  epidemiology,  etiology
Japan / epidemiology
Meniere Disease / classification,  epidemiology*,  etiology
Middle Aged
Otitis Media / complications,  epidemiology
Risk Factors

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