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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is perilymph fistula?

The middle ear and inner ear are separated by a thin membrane. When it tears, fluid from the inner ear leaks out to the middle ear. It is caused by sudden changes in pressure (e.g. diving, injury to the head, blowing the nose hard).

Symptoms of perilymph fistula

  • Sensation of imbalance as if floating when at sea

  • Dizziness

  • Ringing in the ears

  • Hearing difficulty

Questions your doctor may ask to check for perilymph fistula

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose perilymph fistula

  • Do you feel like you are floating / off-balance like you are at sea?

  • Are you feeling dizzy right now?

  • Do you have tinnitus (ringing in the ears)?

  • Do you have hearing problems?

Treatment for perilymph fistula

Mild cases will resolve with bed rest. In severe cases, a small procedure or surgery may be required to treat this.

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  • Calhoun KH, Strunk CL. Perilymph fistula. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1992 Jul;118(7):693-4. doi: 10.1001/archotol.1992.01880070023004. PMID: 1627287.

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