Endolymphatic System Shunting: A Long-Term Profile of the Denver Inner Ear Shunt

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Endolymphatic system surgery for Meniere's disease, particularly endolymphatic shunting, remains controversial. In 1988, we presented our findings on the efficacy of the Denver Inner Ear Shunt in 100 patients. These data were accumulated in the short term. The purpose of this article is to review the long-term results of our endolymphatic shunt procedure, highlighting the population of Denver Inner Ear Shunt recipients. Results were analyzed according to both 1972 and 1985 AAO-HNS criteria. We seek corroboration or refutation of our preliminary conclusion that (a) endolymphatic shunt surgery has little efficacy and that (b) the Denver valve does not appear to offer any advantage in this regard.

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