Triple semicircular canal occlusion for the treatment of Ménière's disease

Shankai Yin, Zhengnong Chen, Dongzhen Yu, Yaqin Wu, Haibo Shi, Huiqun Zhou, Jian Wang
Acta Oto-laryngologica 2008, 128 (7): 739-43

CONCLUSION: Triple semicircular canal occlusion (TSCO) controls vertigo, is easy to perform, and could be used as an alternative procedure for the treatment of Meniere's disease in selected patients who complain mainly of intractable vertigo.

OBJECTIVE: To seek an effective alternative surgical procedure for treating Ménière's disease in selected patients with intolerant rotational vertigo.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: Three patients with Ménière's disease who underwent unsuccessful endolymphatic sac decompression or mastoid shunt, then underwent TSCO. Vertigo control and vestibular and auditory function were measured.

RESULTS: The early vestibular symptoms caused by surgery resolved quickly and no hearing deterioration occurred after surgery. At the end of the follow-up period, based on the AAO-HNS criteria, two cases had complete control of vertigo (class A) and the other had substantial control of vertigo attacks (class B). Hearing was similar to the preoperative level at the end of the follow-up period.

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