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Lermoyez Syndrome

Lermoyez syndrome is an infrequent disease of the auditory and vestibular system. It is likely to be caused by endolymphatic hydrops, and is defined by attacks of vertigo, together with tinnitus, aural fullness, and fluctuating hearing loss, followed by temporary hearing improvement. Surgery is considered for cases with frequent, severe episodes.


Lermoyez syndrome (LS) is generally regarded as a version of Meniere’s disease (MD), but this classification is not completely accepted and is under investigation. MD first reported in 1861 by Meniere, is usually referred to as idiopathic endolymphatic hydrops; the latter is due to increased pressure in the endolymph of the inner ear and can cause attacks of vertigo, tinnitus, and aural fullness, and result in hearing loss. Nausea and emesis also accompany the attacks. MD has several variants apart from the classic form; it can manifest without vertigo, or without hearing loss, or it can appear as Tumarkin otolithic catastrophe [1]. LS is characterized by essentially the same symptoms as MD (and therefore is likely to be a variant of it), but with one striking difference: a temporary improvement in hearing ensues at the time of the vertigo attacks [2].

LS is a very rare medical entity, and consequently, the number of in-depth descriptions of the disease is small [3]. In a study, which examined 12 patients with LS, some had hearing alterations without vertigo, while others had vertigo without alterations in hearing, indicating a similarity in the origin of LS and MD [3] [4]. Another report on a patient with bilateral LS also came to the conclusion that endolymphatic hydrops was the source of the problem, based on electrocochleography measurements [5], although dissenting opinions have been voiced [6]

The attack may last for hours, with both the improvement in hearing in low frequencies during the episode and the deterioration of hearing occurring before the next attack lasting from days to months [4]. The improvement in hearing can occur during or more commonly within a few hours following the attack [4]. Hearing loss may be fast at the initial stages and slow down later [3]. However, attacks of vertigo may increase in frequency as the disease progresses, as in the case of a patient with stabilized MD in one ear, and newly developed LS in the other [3].

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  • In a study, which examined 12 patients with LS, some had hearing alterations without vertigo, while others had vertigo without alterations in hearing, indicating a similarity in the origin of LS and MD.[symptoma.com]
  • This monograph on vertigo is based on the personal, hands-on, practical and clinical experience of managing vertigo in a large university-affiliated hospital.[books.google.de]
  • Tinnitis and progressive hearing loss followed by an attack of vertigo, after which hearing improves.[medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com]
  • Almost every one of the 12 patients showed, besides the Lermoyez attacks, also hearing fluctuations without vertigo, and vertigo without hearing fluctuations.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • […] by hearing improvement that accompanies an acute attack of vertigo. patients experience abrupt and brief attacks such that they find themselves thrown to the ground with no warning and with little or no vertigo after the initial fall .[xuqsrpbx.cf]
  • A sudden pressure increase in the saccule induces an abrupt change of the macula nerve action potential, lowering the threshold of nystagmus and dizziness and leading to an episode of vertigo.[jstage.jst.go.jp]
  • Lermoyez nasal punch Lermoyez syndrome - increasing deafness interrupted by a sudden attack of dizziness after which the hearing improves. Synonym(s): labyrinthine angiospasm[medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com]
  • Increasing deafness, interrupted by a sudden attack of dizziness, after which the hearing improves.[lexic.us]
  • Attacks of dizziness may come on suddenly or after a short period of tinnitus or muffled hearing. Some people have single attacks of dizziness once in a while. Others may have many attacks close together over several days.[icdlist.com]
  • An attack can be a combination of severe dizziness or vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss lasting several hours. There is no cure.[icd10data.com]
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Laboratory tests are routinely performed to exclude metabolic and hormonal diseases. Specific tests for LS (or for MD) have not yet been found. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) imaging is used for excluding anatomical abnormalities and growths, for example, acoustic neuromas. Three-dimensional fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (3D-FLAIR) MRI is capable of quantitative evaluation of endolymphatic hydrops [7].

A number of acoustic exams are available for the evaluation of hearing loss and vertigo. Pure tone audiometry and acoustic impedance determine the hearing threshold and the acoustic reflex threshold; lower frequencies are usually affected more than higher ones, for example in one patient the threshold of hearing was found to increase in the range of 200-2000 hertz (Hz), whereas the values at high frequencies were relatively stable [3]. The glycerol test, which detects an improvement in air-conductive hearing threshold following oral glycerol administration, is characteristic of both MD and LS [1] [3]. Electrocochleography detects the expansion of the basilar membrane by measuring the ratio of the summing potential from the movement of the membrane and the nerve action potential following auditory stimulation. An increased value is often observed in MD and LS [1] [3]. Auditory brainstem response and the caloric test, which forms part of the assessment for vestibular function, are also used [3].

Newer methods are also available for testing dynamic otolith and horizontal semicircular canal function. These include evaluation of utricular and saccular function [8] by determination of ocular and cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potentials, and assessment of the vestibulo-ocular response by using the video head impulse test [9].


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  • Meniere Disease authorSTREAM ; If Ménière is due to a secondary cause (ie, Ménière syndrome), primary first-line management is the diagnosis and treatment of the primary disease (eg, thyroid disease).[xuqsrpbx.cf]
  • THE TREATMENT OF VERTIGO The treatment is dependent upon the cause of the vertigo. MEDICAL TREATMENT IS INITIALLY RECOMMENDED. The treatment of various central nervous & psychogenic disorders is beyond the scope of this discussion.[drabrdesai.com]
  • The treatment of Meniere’s disease has evolved over many years.[eioftx.com]
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  • Prognosis Hydrops is a chronic disease, like diabetes or hypertension. It needs to be treated medically (low sodium diet and diuretic) like other disease processes for many years.[eioftx.com]
  • PrognosisPrognosis is variable, since the disease pattern of exacerbation and remission makes evaluation of treatment and prognosis difficult to predict. – In general, Ménière symptoms tend to stabilize spontaneously with time.[slideshare.net]


  • Middle Aged Syndrome Tinnitus / etiology From MEDLINE /PubMed , a database of the U.S.[biomedsearch.com]
  • If allergic etiology: Elimination of allergen Steroids and immunotherapy : For autoimmune cases Other surgeries: Intermittent low pressure pulse therapy (Meniett device therapy).[gradestack.com]
  • Although the etiology (cause) of “Meniere’s disease” is unknown, there are many known triggers of endolymphatic hydrops.[eioftx.com]
  • This is to be differentiated from Meniere's syndrome, wherein a known etiology exists, & Meniere-like syndrome, wherein there is no fluctuation of hearing or episodic vertigo.[drabrdesai.com]
  • The etiology in these persons may be autoimmune. The canalis reuniens of Hansen is part of the human inner ear. It connects the lower part of the saccule to the ductus cochlearis near its vestibular extremity.[slideshare.net]


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  • PMID:19396410 HNO 2009 May [Three cases of Lermoyez's syndrome and its pathophysiology]. Two cases of bilateral Lermoyez's syndrome and one case of unilateral Lermoyez's syndrome are reported.[nactem.ac.uk]
  • Negative myoclonus: an overview of its clinical features, pathophysiological mechanisms and management. Neurophysiol Clin Neurophysiol 2006:36:337-343 Sheldon JH. On the natural history of falls in old age.[dizziness-and-balance.com]


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  • It’s not clear you can do anything to prevent Ménière’s disease. However, there are many things you can do the help manage your symptoms. In addition to eating a low-salt diet, you may want to cut down on alcohol and caffeine .[webmd.com]



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  7. Sepahdari AR, Ishiyama G, Vorasubin N, Peng KA, Linetsky M, Ishiyama A. Delayed intravenous contrast-enhanced 3D FLAIR MRI in Meniere's disease: correlation of quantitative measures of endolymphatic hydrops with hearing. Clin Imaging. 2015. Jan-Feb;39(1):26-31.
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  9. MacDougall HG, Weber KP, McGarvie LA, Halmagyi GM, Curthoys IS. The video head impulse test: diagnostic accuracy in peripheral vestibulopathy. Neurology. 2009 Oct 6;73(14):1134-1141.

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