This study, merging data from two different clinics, was undertaken to evaluate the efficacy of endolymphatic mastoid shunt surgery using the Denver Inner Ear Shunt operation for Meniere's disease. This surgery was performed by the senior authors (C.G.J., J.R.E.D., and M.E.G.) between May 1984 and October 1986, after we attended the Colorado Otologic Research Center (CORC) instructional course. Sixty-six and thirty-four cases, respectively, were performed. Follow-up questionnaires were sent to this total of 100 patients. Fifty-six patients returned completed questionnaires, which formed the basis of this report. A retrospective chart study was also carried out. The results of surgery and questionnaires are reported as statistical data, and, where applicable, the 1985 AAO-HNS criteria for reporting vertigo and hearing results in the treatment of Meniere's disease are used. Preliminary analysis of these data is reported because of its profound effect upon our treatment protocol for patients with Meniere's disease. Results on use of the Denver valve do not appear to be significantly different than the results of other shunt surgery not using the valve.
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