Blockage of reuniting duct in Meniere's disease
2010 (English)In: Acta Oto-Laryngologica, ISSN 0001-6489, Vol. 130, no 2, 233-239 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Conclusion: The bony saccular orifice to the bony groove of the ductus reuniens (reuniting duct) could not be visualized in the Meniere's ear with significantly greater frequency compared with normal subjects, which suggests that the reuniting duct is affected by radio-opaque substances in CT findings. Objective: This study investigated a more specific, objective, and simpler strategy to diagnose Meniere's disease by assessing the reuniting duct. Subjects and methods: We examined the cars of 12 patients with definitely diagnosed unilateral Meniere's disease in stage 3 based on Meniere's disease criteria proposed by the Committee on Hearing and Equilibrium of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), and the ears of 12 normal control subjects using three-dimensional (3D) cone beam CT. Results: The bony groove of the reuniting duct between the saccule and cochlea was visualized in all control subjects. However, the bony saccular orifice to the bony groove could not be visualized in the lesional ear of Meniere's patients with significantly greater frequency compared with those of the contralateral non-lesional ears and control ears (p < 0.01). This orifice was not patent in 66.7% (8 of 12 cars) on the lesional side but all contralateral non-lesional cars of the patients and normal control cars were patent.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 130, no 2, 233-239 p.
Ductus reuniens, bony groove, cochlea, saccule, endolymphatic hydrops, longitudinal flow, otoconia, CT image
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-136708DOI: 10.3109/00016480903096648ISI: 000275219000006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-136708DiVA: diva2:377527