Local pressure protocol, including Meniett, in the treatment of Ménière's disease: short-term results during the active stage

M Barbara, C Consagra, S Monini, G Nostro, A Harguindey, A Vestri, R Filipo
Acta Oto-laryngologica 2001, 121 (8): 939-44
Treatment of Ménière's disease (MD) is still controversial and pressure changes transmitted to the inner ear have been reported to have effects similar to those of other non-surgical therapies. This paper reports on a clinical trial of MD patients which has been carried out using a portable piece of equipment, called Meniett, which delivers a pulsed, controlled, positive pressure to the middle ear, provided that a ventilation tube (VT) has previously been inserted. A comparison was made of the number of vertigo spells during the 2 months before treatment and during the 40-day treatment period. In addition, within this latter period a comparison was made between use of VT and use of VT + Meniett. Use of VT only had a positive effect in 90% of patients, with either absence (n = 10: 50%) or marked reduction (n = 8; 40%) in episodes of vertigo. When Meniett was also applied, stabilization of the positive effect on vertigo was registered, with a concomitant improvement in hearing threshold in 2 patients (10%). Although a longer and more reliable long-term follow-up of this treatment is needed, it is possible to propose the use of this therapeutic approach as it has been proven to induce a dramatic improvement in the symptoms affecting patients with Ménière's disease during reactivation of the disease.

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