What causes Meniere's disease?
We don’t know what causes Meniere's disease, but we do know that:
- It can run in families
- People with increased pressure in the endolymphatic sac (part of the inner ear) may be more likely to develop it
- Disturbances involving the balance of sodium and potassium in the fluid contained in the inner ear may lead to the disease
- People with an abnormal immune response – where the body has problems defending itself from alien bodies such as viruses – may develop the disease
- Some specific viral infections are linked to its development
- Stress can make the symptoms worse
- It may be associated with changes in blood supply to the ear
- It may also be associated with head injuries
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