• Sixty-six patients with Meniere's disease were studied for possible general immunologic abnormalities. The disease was bilateral in 20 cases, causing active symptoms in 49. Thirty-six healthy control subjects were also studied. Immune activity was assessed by quantitative measurement of the circulating immune complexes, serum immunoglobulin assay, and acetate electrophoresis, and by an auto-antibody screen to a battery of ten general tissue antigens. Thirty-six (54.5%) of the 66 patients with Meniere's disease were found to have significantly raised circulating immune complex levels compared with one (2.9%) of the 36 controls. A statistically significant increased incidence of autoantibodies was also found in the Meniere's group.
(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1986;112:536-540)