JOURNAL ARTICLE

Magnetic resonance imaging for Ménière's disease: correlation with tone burst electrocochleography

J Hornibrook, M Coates, A Goh, J Gourley, P Bird
Journal of Laryngology and Otology 2012, 126 (2): 136-41
22152636
The newly developed use of magnetic resonance imaging of the human inner ear, on a 3 Tesla scanner with intratympanically administered gadolinium, can now reliably distinguish perilymph from endolymph and visually confirm the presence or absence of endolymphatic hydrops. Transtympanic tone burst electrocochleography is an established, and under-utilised evoked response electrophysiological test for hydrops, but it relies on a symptom score to indicate the likelihood of hydrops being present. The current diagnostic criteria for Ménière's disease make no allowance for any in vivo test, making diagnostic errors likely. In this small pilot study of three patients undergoing tone burst electrocochleography, subsequent magnetic resonance imaging confirmed or excluded the hydrops that the electrocochleography predicted. Magnetic resonance imaging of the inner ear is a safe technique that can be performed in conjunction with imaging of the VIIIth cranial nerves. As this report comprised only three patients in a pilot study, rigorous clinical studies are required to define the possible role of magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnosis of Ménière's disease.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article

Discussion

You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read
22152636
×

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.

×

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"