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Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2011 Jun;44(3):655-66, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2011.03.004. Epub 2011 May 4.

Allergic and immunologic features of Ménière's disease.

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Clinical Studies Department, House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, CA 90057, USA.


Ménière's disease (MD), which by definition is idiopathic, has been ascribed to various causes, including both inhalant and food allergies. Patients with MD report higher rates of allergy history and positive skin or in vitro tests compared with a control group of patients with other otologic diseases and to the general public. Recent immunologic studies have shown higher rates of circulating immune complexes, CD4, and other immunologic components in patients with MD compared with healthy controls. Published treatment results have shown benefit from immunotherapy and/or dietary restriction for symptoms of MD in those patients who present with both allergy and MD.

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