Bilateral vestibular loss

Timothy C Hain*, Marcello Cherchi, Dario A. Yacovino

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Bilateral vestibular loss is a rare cause of visual disturbance (oscillopsia) and imbalance. When severe, the most common cause is iatrogenic-gentamicin ototoxicity. Bilateral loss is easily diagnosed at the bedside with the dynamic illegible E test. If this test is omitted, it can easily be misdiagnosed as a cerebellar syndrome. Treatment is largely supportive. Care should be taken to avoid medications that suppress vestibular function, and to encourage activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-203
Number of pages9
JournalSeminars in Neurology
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013

Keywords

  • ataxia
  • oscillopsia
  • ototoxicity
  • vestibulopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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