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Explore this issue:January 2008
Almost 150 years ago, French physician Prosper Ménière first described the symptoms and probable cause of the inner ear disorder that bears his name. Unfortunately, despite decades of research, we’ve only made baby steps forward and Ménière’s still remains an idiopathic disease with controversial treatments and no cure, said Cliff Megerian, MD, Professor and Vice Chairman of Otolaryngology and Director of Otology and Neurotology at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals in Ohio.
With a prevalence rate of about 1,000 cases per 100,000 persons in the US population,1 this chronic disease typically starts between 20 and 50 years of age, increases in prevalence with age, affects men and women almost equally, and has unclear racial predispositions.2