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Steroid injections through the eardrum reduce dizziness in Meniere’s disease, study finds

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6185 (Published 18 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6185
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Injections of the steroid methylprednisolone through the eardrum are as effective as the current standard treatment of gentamicin in reducing dizziness in patients with Meniere’s disease but without the associated risk of hearing loss, a randomised trial has shown.1

Meniere’s disease causes severe attacks of vertigo. It affects around 30 000 people in the UK and usually occurs in people over 40, although the cause is unknown. The current standard treatment is intratympanic injections of gentamicin but this …

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