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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212927/patients-with-chronic-dizziness-following-traumatic-head-injury-typically-have-multiple-diagnoses-involving-combined-peripheral-and-central-vestibular-dysfunction
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Q Arshad, R E Roberts, H Ahmad, R Lobo, M Patel, T Ham, D J Sharp, B M Seemungal
OBJECTIVE: We hypothesised that chronic vestibular symptoms (CVS) of imbalance and dizziness post-traumatic head injury (THI) may relate to: (i) the occurrence of multiple simultaneous vestibular diagnoses including both peripheral and central vestibular dysfunction in individual patients increasing the chance of missed diagnoses and suboptimal treatment; (ii) an impaired response to vestibular rehabilitation since the central mechanisms that mediate rehabilitation related brain plasticity may themselves be disrupted...
February 7, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202828/-diagnosis-of-cochleovestibular-neurovascular-compression-syndrome-a-scoring-system-based-on-five-clinical-characteristics
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Tomomi Okamura, Takafumi Nishizaki, Norio Ikeda, Shigeki Nakano, Takanori Sakakura, Natsumi Fujii, Takeshi Okuda
: The optimal method for diagnosing cochleovestibular neurovascular compression syndrome(CNVC)remains controversial, and the aim of this study is to develop a standard diagnostic instrument for the condition. The clinical features of 53 sides of 50 patients with a combination of vertigo, tinnitus, and/or hearing loss were retrospectively evaluated. The following five clinical features were evaluated and given a score of 1 or 0:1)a long history of recurrent vertigo, tinnitus, or hearing loss;2)neurological findings related to positional vertigo, nystagmus, tinnitus, or hearing loss;3)neuro-otological findings involving tinnitus, audiometry, or vestibular testing;4)auditory brainstem response(ABR)evaluation with the detection of a low 25-75% II wave amplitude on the contralateral side and delayed interpeak latency in the I-III or I-V waves(usually low II wave amplitude combined with double peaks and a wide-based form)during ABR evaluation using 80 and 90dB clicks;and 5)the detection of vascular contact with the eighth cranial nerve on magnetic resonance imaging-constructive interference in steady state or air computed tomography imaging...
February 2017: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202097/independent-prescriber-physiotherapist-led-balance-clinic-the-southport-and-ormskirk-pathway
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L Burrows, T H Lesser, A V Kasbekar, N Roland, M Billing
OBJECTIVE: To report the introduction and impact of non-medical prescribing, initiated to improve patient pathways for those presenting with dizziness and balance disorders. METHODS: The Southport and Ormskirk physiotherapy-led vestibular clinic sees and treats all patients with dizziness and balance disorders referred to the ENT department. Letters are triaged by an audiologist, who also performs an otological examination and hearing test; this is followed by an assessment with the independent prescriber physiotherapist...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196165/effect-of-cervical-collar-removal-on-the-fracture-load-of-anterior-zirconia-crowns
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Fernanda Campos, Mayra Cardoso, Renata Marques de Melo, Marco Antonio Bottino, Rodrigo Oa Souza
The objective of this study was to assess the influence of the extension of collar and fatigue cycling on the fracture load of anterior zirconia crowns. A total of 60 anterior full-crown preparations (central incisor) were machined in glass fiber-filled epoxy resin. Zirconia copings were designed and milled using computer-aided design/computer-assisted manufacture (thickness: buccal = 0.62 mm, lingual = 0.65 mm, incisal = 0.72 mm). The cervical collars (occlusogingival height = 0.8 mm, buccolingual width = 1...
March 2017: International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195999/clinical-significance-of-arterial-stiffness-and-metabolic-syndrome-scores-in-vestibular-neuritis
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Jae Ho Chung, Seung Hwan Lee, Chul Won Park, Jin Hyeok Jeong, Jeong-Hun Shin
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical significance of cardiovascular factors, including arterial stiffness and metabolic syndrome scores, in the development of vestibular neuritis. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective, case-control study. SETTING: Tertiary referral center. PATIENTS: Fifty-eight adult patients with vestibular neuritis (VN) and 58 age- and sex-matched controls were evaluated between January 2015 and January 2016...
February 10, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195992/psychometric-properties-of-the-medical-outcomes-study-sleep-scale-in-spanish-postmenopausal-women
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Noelia Zagalaz-Anula, Fidel Hita-Contreras, Antonio Martínez-Amat, David Cruz-Díaz, Rafael Lomas-Vega
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to analyze the reliability and validity of the Spanish version of the Medical Outcomes Study Sleep Scale (MOS-SS), and its ability to discriminate between poor and good sleepers among a Spanish population with vestibular disorders. METHODS: In all, 121 women (50-76 years old) completed the Spanish version of the MOS-SS. Internal consistency, test-retest reliability, and construct validity (exploratory factor analysis) were analyzed. Concurrent validity was evaluated using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and the 36-item Short Form Health Survey...
February 13, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195255/evaluation-of-vestibular-biopsy-features-in-patients-affected-by-fibromyalgia-by-vulvodynia-or-by-their-association
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A Ghizzani, G Tinacci
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the histologic features of vestibular biopsies from patients affected by fibro myalgia (FM), or vulvodynia (VD), or the their association (FM-VD) in order to facilitate differential diagnosis among conditions that present sexual pain with similar clinical characteristics. STUDY DESIGN: Fourty-four women already diagnosed with FM were recruited to evaluate the presence of sexual pain not owing to FM. Fourteen women affected by sexual pain of unknown origin who came to our department requesting treatment were also recruited...
December 2016: Pathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195187/sensory-augmentation-integration-of-an-auditory-compass-signal-into-human-perception-of-space
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Frank Schumann, J Kevin O'Regan
Bio-mimetic approaches to restoring sensory function show great promise in that they rapidly produce perceptual experience, but have the disadvantage of being invasive. In contrast, sensory substitution approaches are non-invasive, but may lead to cognitive rather than perceptual experience. Here we introduce a new non-invasive approach that leads to fast and truly perceptual experience like bio-mimetic techniques. Instead of building on existing circuits at the neural level as done in bio-mimetics, we piggy-back on sensorimotor contingencies at the stimulus level...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194100/head-stability-and-head-trunk-coordination-in-horseback-riders-the-contribution-of-visual-information-according-to-expertise
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Agnès Olivier, Elise Faugloire, Laure Lejeune, Sophie Biau, Brice Isableu
Maintaining equilibrium while riding a horse is a challenging task that involves complex sensorimotor processes. We evaluated the relative contribution of visual information (static or dynamic) to horseback riders' postural stability (measured from the variability of segment position in space) and the coordination modes they adopted to regulate balance according to their level of expertise. Riders' perceptual typologies and their possible relation to postural stability were also assessed. Our main assumption was that the contribution of visual information to postural control would be reduced among expert riders in favor of vestibular and somesthetic reliance...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192379/compensatory-saccades-are-associated-with-physical-performance-in-older-adults-data-from-the-baltimore-longitudinal-study-of-aging
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Yanjun Xie, Eric R Anson, Eleanor M Simonsick, Stephanie A Studenski, Yuri Agrawal
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether compensatory saccade metrics observed in the video head impulse test, specifically saccade amplitude and latency, predict physical performance. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, a prospective cohort study. SETTING: National Institute on Aging Intramural Research Program Clinical Research Unit in Baltimore, Maryland. PATIENTS: Community-dwelling older adults...
March 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192036/using-acute-performance-on-a-comprehensive-neurocognitive-vestibular-and-ocular-motor-assessment-battery-to-predict-recovery-duration-after-sport-related-concussions
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Alicia M Sufrinko, Gregory F Marchetti, Paul E Cohen, R J Elbin, Valentina Re, Anthony P Kontos
BACKGROUND: A sport-related concussion (SRC) is a heterogeneous injury that requires a multifaceted and comprehensive approach for diagnosis and management, including symptom reports, vestibular/ocular motor assessments, and neurocognitive testing. PURPOSE: To determine which acute (eg, within 7 days) vestibular, ocular motor, neurocognitive, and symptom impairments predict the duration of recovery after an SRC. STUDY DESIGN: Cohort study (prognosis); Level of evidence, 2...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190682/perception-of-active-head-rotation-in-patients-with-severe-left-unilateral-spatial-neglect
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Shinobu Kaibe, Manabu Okita, Hideto Kaba
Unilateral spatial neglect is a common neurological syndrome following predominantly right hemisphere damage, and is characterized by a failure to perceive and report stimuli in the contralesional side of space. To test the reference shift hypothesis that contralesional spatial neglect in right-brain-damaged patients is attributed to a rightward deviation of the egocentric reference frame, we measured the final angular position to which controls and left-side neglect patients actively turned their head toward the left in response to a verbal instruction given from each of three locations-right, left, and front-in two conditions, with and without visual feedback...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188328/neurons-in-the-pontomedullary-reticular-formation-receive-converging-inputs-from-the-hindlimb-and-labyrinth
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Derek M Miller, William M DeMayo, George H Bourdages, Samuel R Wittman, Bill J Yates, Andrew A McCall
The integration of inputs from vestibular and proprioceptive sensors within the central nervous system is critical to postural regulation. We recently demonstrated in both decerebrate and conscious cats that labyrinthine and hindlimb inputs converge onto vestibular nucleus neurons. The pontomedullary reticular formation (pmRF) also plays a key role in postural control, and additionally participates in regulating locomotion. Thus, we hypothesized that like vestibular nucleus neurons, pmRF neurons integrate inputs from the limb and labyrinth...
February 10, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184173/reliability-of-inertial-sensors-in-the-assessment-of-patients-with-vestibular-disorders-a-feasibility-study
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Sathish K Sankarpandi, Alice J Baldwin, Jaydip Ray, Claudia Mazzà
BACKGROUND: Vestibular disorders affect an individual's stability, balance, and gait and predispose them to falls. Traditional laboratory-based semi-objective vestibular assessments are intrusive and cumbersome provide little information about their functional ability. Commercially available wearable inertial sensors allow us to make this real life assessments objective, with a detailed view of their functional abilities. Timed Up and Go (TUG) and Postural Sway tests are commonly used tests for gait and balance assessments...
2017: BMC Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181545/gfi1-cre-mice-have-early-onset-progressive-hearing-loss-and-induce-recombination-in-numerous-inner-ear-non-hair-cells
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Maggie Matern, Sarath Vijayakumar, Zachary Margulies, Beatrice Milon, Yang Song, Ran Elkon, Xiaoyu Zhang, Sherri M Jones, Ronna Hertzano
Studies of developmental and functional biology largely rely on conditional expression of genes in a cell type-specific manner. Therefore, the importance of specificity and lack of inherent phenotypes for Cre-driver animals cannot be overemphasized. The Gfi1(Cre) mouse is commonly used for conditional hair cell-specific gene deletion/reporter gene activation in the inner ear. Here, using immunofluorescence and flow cytometry, we show that the Gfi1(Cre) mice produce a pattern of recombination that is not strictly limited to hair cells within the inner ear...
February 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179894/vestibulo-ocular-reflex-stabilization-after-vestibular-schwannoma-surgery-a-story-told-by-saccades
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Angel Batuecas-Caletrio, Jorge Rey-Martinez, Gabriel Trinidad-Ruiz, Eusebi Matiño-Soler, Santiago Santa Cruz-Ruiz, Angel Muñoz-Herrera, Nicolas Perez-Fernandez
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate vestibular compensation via measurement of the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) following vestibular schwannoma surgery and its relationship with changes in saccades strategy after surgery. PATIENTS: Thirty-six consecutive patients with vestibular schwannomas, without brainstem compression, underwent surgical resection. Patients were recruited from University Hospital of Salamanca, Spain. METHODS: We assessed the age, sex, tumor size, degree of canalicular weakness, and preoperative video head impulse test (gain and saccade organization measured with PR score)...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178036/can-the-video-head-impulse-test-define-severity-of-bilateral-vestibular-hypofunction
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Paul D Judge, Kristen L Janky, Kamran Barin
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to compare rotary chair and video head impulse test (vHIT) findings in patients with bilateral vestibular hypofunction (BVH) to determine whether vHIT can: 1) define severity of BVH and 2) accurately predict rotary chair findings in patients with BVH. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective chart review. SETTING: Research hospital. PATIENTS: Twenty subjects with bilateral vestibular hypofunction as assessed by rotary chair...
January 7, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177166/splenius-capitis-is-a-reliable-target-for-measuring-cervical-vestibular-evoked-myogenic-potentials-in-adults
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A J Camp, C Gu, S L Cushing, K A Gordon, B D Corneil
The cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potential (cVEMP) is a common and simple test of vestibulospinal reflex patency. In the clinic, cVEMPs are measured in response to loud sounds from the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) on the ventral neck, as subjects maintain an uncomfortable head posture needed to recruit SCM. Here we characterize the cVEMP in a dorsal neck turner (Splenius Capitis; SPL), and compare it with the SCM cVEMP. cVEMPs were recorded simultaneously via surface electromyography from SCM and SPL from 17 healthy subjects in a variety of postures, including head-turned postures adopted while either seated or standing, and the clinical posture...
February 8, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168887/cervical-and-ocular-vemp-testing-in-diagnosing-superior-semicircular-canal-dehiscence
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Jacob B Hunter, Neil S Patel, Brendan P O'Connell, Matthew L Carlson, Neil T Shepard, Devin L McCaslin, George B Wanna
Objective To determine the sensitivity and specificity of ocular and cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMPs) in the diagnosis of superior semicircular canal dehiscence (SCD) and to describe the VEMP response characteristics that are most sensitive to SCD and compare the findings to previous reports. Study Design Case series with chart review. Setting Two tertiary neurotologic referral centers. Subjects and Methods Cervical and ocular VEMP peak-to-peak amplitudes and thresholds from 39 adult patients older than 18 years with surgically confirmed SCD were compared with 84 age-matched controls...
February 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167018/dysequilibrium-in-a-5-year-old-child-with-intrameatal-vascular-loops-bilaterally
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Ming-Hsun Wen, Po-Wen Cheng, Yi-Ho Young
A 5 year-old boy was rather healthy until one month ago when loss of balance and muscle tone was noted by the parents. A battery of tests comprising electroencephalography, audiometry, caloric test and ocular vestibular evoked myogenic potential (oVEMP) test were performed, yet all tests showed normal responses. Conversely, cervical VEMP (cVEMP) test showed delayed responses bilaterally. MR imaging demonstrated bilaterally intrameatal vascular loops extending into both internal auditory canals. After a 3-month medication, delayed cVEMPs were resolved and returned to normal cVEMPs bilaterally, accompanied by subsidence of dysequilibrium...
March 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
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