Meniere's disease is a disorder of the labyrinth in the inner ear. The labyrinth is a system of cavities and canals in the inner ear that affects hearing, balance, and eye movement.
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An increase in the volume or pressure of fluid in the labyrinth can result in Meniere's disease. The cause of these fluid changes is unknown. Possible causes may include:
- Part of the labyrinth ruptures, allowing fluid in different compartments to mix
- Scar tissue causes a blockage in the labyrinth
- Inner ear injury due to:
Last reviewedSeptember 2012by Kari Kassir, MD
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