July 16, 2012

Actress Kristin Chenoweth Suffers from Meniere's Disease

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Kristin Chenoweth is an accomplished actress both on TV and live on Broadway having performed in Wicked as Glinda as well as appearances in TV shows Glee and Pushing Daisies.

She also suffers from Meniere's Disease which was diagnosed in 2007.

As such, she is prone to dizzy attacks which may have contributed to well-known falls during performances over the years.

• 2003: Fell off the stage during rehearsals for Wicked
• 2006: Fell off the stage during Broadway revival of The Apple Tree
• 2011: Fell down the stairs during injuring her back on the set of Glee.

And those are just the falls we know about.

Meniere's disease is a disorder of the inner ear which leads to spinning dizzy attacks without any specific trigger. The dizzy spinning typically lasts several hours and is often preceded by tinnitus, aural pressure, and a hearing decrease on just the affected ear.

Fluctuating hearing loss is not uncommon as well. Learn more about Meniere's in the video below.

Diagnosis is not straightforward and is usually obtained by history alone, but supporting tests include ENG (electronystagmography), VEMP (vestibular evoked myogenic potentials), ECoG (electrocochleography), ABR (auditory brainstem response), MRI scan, etc.

Once diagnosis of Meniere's disease is made, treatment occurs in stages:

Stage 1: Eliminate all salt (less than 1000mg of sodium per day), caffeine (no coffee, tea, decaffeinated, sodas, chocolate, etc), and alcohol from the diet.

Stage 2: If stage 1 does not help, addition of betahistine or a diuretic pill like maxzide.

Stage 3: Invasive procedures which include endolymphatic shunt operation or vestibulectomy using intratympanic gentamyin injection into the ear or surgical lysis.

Flare-ups are treated symptomatically with phenergan and if needed, steroids whether oral or injection into the ear.

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Fauquier ENT

Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

1 comment:

Mark Waugh said...

Hi dude, this is a very informative input though. I've just come to know about this Meniere's disease. Thanks for sharing.

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