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Superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome


Other Names for this Disease
  • SCDS
  • Superior canal dehiscence syndrome
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Overview

Superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome is a rare balance disorder characterized by auditory and/or vestibular symptoms. These might include dizziness and vertigo triggered by heavy lifting, straining, coughing or loud sounds that change the middle ear or intracranial pressure, fullness in the ear, autophony (an echo or reverberation in the ear when speaking, chewing or swallowing), hearing loss, nystagmus, or oscillopsia (the apparent motion of objects that are stationary). This condition is caused by an opening (dehiscence) in the bone that overlays the superior (uppermost) semicircular canal within the inner ear. While many patients with superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome are able to tolerate their symptoms and reduce or avoid triggering stimuli, others can benefit from surgical repair of the dehiscence.[1][2][3]
Last updated: 5/5/2015

References

  1. Minor LB, Carey JP. Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence (SSCD). Vestibular Disorders Association. http://vestibular.org/superior-canal-dehiscence-scd. Accessed 5/5/2015.
  2. Superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome. Ménière’s Society. http://www.menieres.org.uk/information-and-support/symptoms-and-conditions/superior-canal-dehiscence-syndrome. Accessed 5/5/2015.
  3. Superior Canal Dehiscence. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. http://www.asha.org/PRPSpecificTopic.aspx?folderid=8589934662§ion=Overview. Accessed 5/5/2015.
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Basic Information

  • The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has a Clinical Topics page on Superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome on their Web site. Click on the link to view this information.
  • EURORDIS Rare Diseases Europe provides information about living with Superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome. Click on the link to view this information.
  • MayoClinic.com has an information page on Superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome.
  • The Ménière’s Society has an information page on Superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome. Click on the link to view this page.
  • The Vestibular Disorders Association provides information about Superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome on their Web site. Click on the link to access this information.

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Other Names for this Disease
  • SCDS
  • Superior canal dehiscence syndrome
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