Issue N# 3 - 2005
What is the effect of dizziness on the quality of life for patients with Meniere's disease?
Authors : F. Cunha, F. A. Parente Settanni, F. Freitas Ganança (São Paulo)
Ref. : Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol. 2005;126,3:155-158.
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Objective: To evaluate the impact of dizziness on quality of life (QOL) in Meniere’s disease (MD) patients. Methods of study: Fifty definite MD patients were submitted to the Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI), in and out of crisis. The DHI scores were correlated to age, sex, race, disease duration, unilateral/bilateral labyrinth involvement, duration/frequency of vertigo attacks, vestibular and auditory function, aural fullness, tinnitus, imbalance and functional disabilities. Statistical analysis was performed by ANOVA. Results: During crisis, all DHI aspects scores were statistically higher (p<0.001) than out of crisis. Out of crisis, a statistically significant correlation was found between physical, functional and total scores and bilateral involvement. Conclusions: QOL impairment is worse during a Meniere’s crisis. Out of crisis, QOL impairment is greater in patients with bilateral involvement.
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