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From: "Damon Wack" <lomcevak at win.bright.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 1997 14:00:35 UTC
There was an interesting article in the St. Paul newspaper yesterday about a new treatment for sufferers of Meniere's Disease, which causes, among other things, severe bouts of vertigo in its victims. Doctors theorize the vertigo is caused by an excess of fluid in the inner ear, and although they don't know what causes the excess production, they have a way now of stopping it without excessively harming the patients hearing. I won't quote the whole article, but here is the side bar: "Doctors at the Mayo Clinic are now treating severe cases of Meniere's Disease by inserting a needle through the patients eardrum and injecting an antibiotic - gentamicin - behind the eardrum. When absorbed by the inner ear, the antibiotic destroys fluid producing cells. The treatment has *eliminated* severe vertigo in 84% of the 23 patients who have undergone the procedure." Apparently, however, some hearing related cells can be damaged, as the article goes on to say this procedure is only used in cases where the symptoms are so severe as to interfere with the patients lives. The researchers are trying to determine the optimum dose of the antibiotic, as the fluid producing cells are more sensitive to the antibiotoic than the cells associated with hearing. So, no easy fix for the wobblies perhaps, but maybe there are some clues in the research done here for the more learned among us to ferret out? I have never suffered the wobblies, but are there valid parallels between them and this disease? Does fluid level in the inner ear have anything to do with the wobblies? Is anyone doing any research in this area that might be interested in this article? I'd be happy to make copies and send it out, if they think it is worth looking into. Damon