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The aims of this study were to estimate the prevalence of familial cases in patients with Meniere's disease (MD) and to identify clinical differences between sporadic and familial MD. We recruited 1375 patients with definite MD according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery criteria, obtaining the familial history of hearing loss(More)
The aim of this study was to assess effectiveness of balance training with a vibrotactile neurofeedback system in improving overall stability in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). Ten patients diagnosed with idiopathic PD were included. Individualization of the rehabilitation program started with a body sway analysis of stance and gait tasks (Standard(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the associations of HLA-DRB1* and DQB1* Class II alleles in patients with bilateral Méniére's disease (MD). PATIENTS AND METHODS Eighty patients from two ethnically defined groups with definite bilateral MD, according to the diagnostic scale of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, were compared with normal(More)
BACKGROUND Autoimmunity appears to be associated with the pathophysiology of Meniere's disease (MD), an inner ear disorder characterized by episodes of vertigo associated with hearing loss and tinnitus. However, the prevalence of autoimmune diseases (AD) in patients with MD has not been studied in individuals with uni or bilateral sensorineural hearing loss(More)
Vestibular rehabilitation has been found to be effective and safe in patients with instability. There is insufficient evidence, however, for distinguishing between the efficacies of different rehabilitation techniques. The objective of this study is to verify whether there are differences between two instrumental vestibular rehabilitation techniques,(More)
Toll-like receptors trigger the innate immune response by activating various cell types such us macrophages and lymphocytes. We genotyped SNV of TLR3, TRL7, TLR8 and TLR10 in 863 Spanish and 150 Italian patients with Meniere’s disease (MD) and 1,013 controls by using Taqman assays. Real-Time qPCR was used to measure the expression level of TLR10 in(More)
HYPOTHESIS Immune response may influence hearing outcome in Ménière's disease (MD). BACKGROUND Major histocompatibility complex class I chain-related A (MICA) encodes a highly polymorphic stress-inducible protein, which interacts with NKGD2 receptor on the surface of NK, γδ T cells and T CD8 lymphocytes. We investigated the association of MICA gene with(More)
Variability in acute immune response genes could determine susceptibility or prognosis for Ménière's disease (MD). The cytokines tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα), macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) and interferon γ (INFγ) are proinflammatory cytokines of the innate immune response. These cytokines mediate inflammation and have been previously(More)
PURPOSE In patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), balance impairment involves considerable morbi-mortality from the numerous falls that may result. In an earlier postural study, we detected that a deteriorated processing of vestibular input is implicated. The aim of the present study is to assess the effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation in improving(More)
Postural control is achieved through the integration at the central nervous system level of information obtained by the visual, somatosensory and vestibular systems. Computerized dynamic posturography and the Sway Star system are both used to carry out sensory analysis. The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of sex and age on sensory(More)