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Neurology

Falls May Indicate Ear Disorder

21 years, 4 months ago

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Posted on Oct 10, 2002, 7 a.m. By Bill Freeman

Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine studied five men and three women, age 55 and older, who had suffered from sudden falls and recurrent dizziness. The subjects all described feelings of being forcibly pushed to the ground during their attacks, did not lose consciousness and had no other neurological symptoms.

Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine studied five men and three women, age 55 and older, who had suffered from sudden falls and recurrent dizziness. The subjects all described feelings of being forcibly pushed to the ground during their attacks, did not lose consciousness and had no other neurological symptoms. Subsequent to receiving a host of inconclusive evaluations and ineffective interventions, three of the eight patients were diagnosed with Meniere's Disease, and the remaining five were found to suffer from endolymphatic hydrops, a condition similar to Meniere's disease. Because sodium and water retention produce a with worsening of Meniere's disease, a low-salt diet is recommended to reduce the severity and frequency of dizziness and stabilize progressive hearing loss.

SOURCE/REFERENCE: American Academy of Neurology, April 2000 Annual Meeting

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