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Meniere's Disease Underlying Cause

The cause of Meniere's disease is unknown. There is abnormal swelling of a portion of the labyrinth, called the endolymphatic sac, in those who have Meniere's disease. It is a tiny structure located in the bone next to the semicircular canals.

In Meniere's disease, there is an increase in both the volume and pressure of the fluid contained within the semicircular canals. This changes results in malfunction of the inner ear, which leads to dizziness, hearing loss and tinnitus.

Meniere's disease may be related to the following:

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Meniere's Disease References
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