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Vestibular System

Kevin M Gildea, Christy R Hileman, Paul Rogers, Guillermo J Salazar, Lawrence N Paskoff
BACKGROUND: Research indicates that first-generation antihistamine usage may impair pilot performance by increasing the likelihood of vestibular illusions, spatial disorientation, and/or cognitive impairment. Second- and third-generation antihistamines generally have fewer impairing side effects and are approved for pilot use. We hypothesized that toxicological findings positive for second- and third-generation antihistamines are less likely to be associated with pilots involved in fatal mishaps than first-generation antihistamines...
April 1, 2018: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Jacob Callesen, Davide Cattaneo, John Brincks, Ulrik Dalgas
INTRODUCTION: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is characterized by a demyelination that results in reduced conductivity in the somatosensory nervous system, decreased muscle strength, vestibular alteration, and severe fatigue. Progressive resistance training (PRT) has proven to be a promising intervention showing a positive effect on muscle strength. Another promising intervention frequently used in neuro-rehabilitation is task specific training where also Balance and Motor Control Training (BMCT) are incorporated...
2018: NeuroRehabilitation
I V Damulin
The article addresses gait disturbances in the elderly. It emphasizes that the system that maintains the balance in resting conditions and gait is based on the hierarchical principle and its function depends on the maintenance of integration between vestibular, visual and somatosensory information as well as on cognitive functions. Walking depends on the integrity of frontal-subcortical neuronal circles that support regulatory functions. The main pathogenetic mechanisms of age-related disturbances of balance and gait are a decrease in the efficacy of spinal motorneurons activation caused by Ia-afferentation, a decrease in cortical activation and excitability of corticospinal pathways and in the intensity of intracortical inhibition...
2018: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
Robert F Pass, Ravit Arav-Boger
Congenital cytomegalovirus infection is a major cause of central nervous system and sensory impairments that affect cognition, motor function, hearing, language development, vestibular function, and vision. Although the importance of congenital cytomegalovirus infection is readily evident, the vast majority of maternal and fetal infections are not identified, even in developed countries. Multiple studies of prenatal cytomegalovirus infections have produced a body of knowledge that can inform the clinical approach to suspected or proven maternal and fetal infection...
2018: F1000Research
Robert Gürkov
Background: Bilateral vestibulopathy (BVP) is a debilitating disorder characterized by the hypofunction of both vestibular end organs or nerves. The most frequent identifiable causes of BVP are ototoxic drug effects, infectious and autoimmune disorders. However, the majority of cases remain idiopathic. Very recently, the first discovery of a clinical case of Amiodarone-associated BVP has been reported. Methods: An overview of the literature concerning the relation between amiodarone toxicity and BVP is presented and discussed...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Michael J Link, Morten Lund-Johansen, Christine M Lohse, Colin L W Driscoll, Ehrling Myrseth, Oystein Vesterli Tveiten, Matthew L Carlson
BACKGROUND: The goal of microsurgical removal of a vestibular schwannoma is to completely remove the tumor, to provide long-term durable cure. In many cases, less than gross total resection (GTR) is performed to preserve neurological, and especially facial nerve function. OBJECTIVE: To analyze long-term quality of life (QoL) in a cohort of patients who received either GTR or less than GTR. METHODS: Patients operated for vestibular schwannoma less than 3...
April 1, 2018: Neurosurgery
Julian Conrad, Rainer Boegle, Matthias Ertl, Thomas Brandt, Marianne Dieterich
Objective: Vestibular signals are involved in higher cortical functions like spatial orientation and its disorders. Vestibular dysfunction contributes, for example, to spatial neglect which can be transiently improved by caloric stimulation. The exact roles and mechanisms of the vestibular and visual systems for the recovery of neglect are not yet known. Methods: Resting-state functional connectivity (fc) magnetic resonance imaging was recorded in a patient with hemispatial neglect during the acute phase and after recovery 6 months later following a right middle cerebral artery infarction before and after caloric vestibular stimulation...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Marianne Dieterich, Stefan Glasauer, Thomas Brandt
A retrospective clinical study focused on the frequency of rotational vertigo in 63 patients with acute unilateral midbrain strokes involving the vestibular and ocular motor systems. In contrast to unilateral pontomedullary brainstem lesions, rotational vertigo in midbrain lesions occurred with a low frequency (14%) and transient (< 1 day) course. Swaying vertigo or unspecific dizziness (22%) and postural imbalance (31%) were more frequent. Midbrain strokes with transient rotational vertigo manifested with lesions chiefly in the caudal midbrain tegmentum, while manifestations with swaying, unspecific, or no vertigo chiefly occurred in rostral mesencephalic or meso-diencephalic lesions...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Katharina Feil, Regina Feuerecker, Nicolina Goldschagg, Ralf Strobl, Thomas Brandt, Albrecht von Müller, Eva Grill, Michael Strupp
Background: Making the correct diagnosis of patients presenting with vertigo and dizziness in clinical practice is often challenging. Objective: In this study we examined the performance of the iPad based program me d x in the prediction of different clinical vertigo and dizziness diagnoses and as a diagnostic tool to distinguish between them. Patients and methods: The data collection was done in the outpatient clinic of the German Center of Vertigo and Balance Disorders...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Lejo Johnson Chacko, Dominik T Schmidbauer, Stephan Handschuh, Alen Reka, Karl D Fritscher, Patrik Raudaschl, Rami Saba, Michael Handler, Peter P Schier, Daniel Baumgarten, Natalie Fischer, Elisabeth J Pechriggl, Erich Brenner, Romed Hoermann, Rudolf Glueckert, Anneliese Schrott-Fischer
Stable posture and body movement in humans is dictated by the precise functioning of the ampulla organs in the semi-circular canals. Statistical analysis of the interrelationship between bony and membranous compartments within the semi-circular canals is dependent on the visualization of soft tissue structures. Thirty-one human inner ears were prepared, post-fixed with osmium tetroxide and decalcified for soft tissue contrast enhancement. High resolution X-ray microtomography images at 15 μm voxel-size were manually segmented...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Daniela Aneta Starosta, Birgit Lorenz
BACKGROUND: Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) is a genetic condition with an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance and incomplete penetrance. It is characterized by multiple benign tumors of the central and peripheral nervous system including astrocytomas, ependymomas, meningeomas, and schwannomas, among which bilateral vestibular schwannomas are the most frequent. Among ocular manifestations of NF2, juvenile subcapsular cataract is the most common followed by epiretinal membranes and combined hamartomas of the retina and retinal pigment epithelium...
March 2018: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
David Ulrich Seidel, Jonas Jae-Hyun Park, Andreas M Sesterhenn, Karel Kostev
AIM: The aim of this study was to analyze the prevalence of dizziness- and vertigo-related diagnoses in ear, nose, and throat (ENT) practices in Germany and the associated demographic characteristics based on data from a representative nationwide practice database. METHOD: The study sample included patients from 138 ENT practices in Germany who received dizziness- and vertigorelated diagnoses (ICD-10 code) between January 2012 and December 2015. Collected parameters included age, sex, insurance status, prescribed medication (anatomical therapeutic chemical [ATC] class), and referrals to other specialists and hospitals...
April 2018: Otology & Neurotology
Doreen Huppert, Thomas Brandt
Seasickness, fear of heights, and adverse effects of alcohol were the major areas where descriptions of vertigo and dizziness were found in Roman, Greek, and Chinese texts from about 730 BC-600 AD. A few detailed accounts were suggestive of specific vestibular disorders such as Menière's attacks (Huangdi Neijing, the Yellow Thearch's Classic of Internal Medicine) or vestibular migraine (Aretaeus of Cappadocia). Further, the etymological and metaphorical meanings of the terms and their symptoms provide fascinating historical insights, e...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Marianne Dieterich, Thomas Brandt
The vestibular cortex differs in various ways from other sensory cortices. It consists of a network of several distinct and separate temporoparietal areas. Its core region, the parietoinsular vestibular cortex (PIVC), is located in the posterior insula and retroinsular region and includes the parietal operculum. The entire network is multisensory (in particular, vestibular, visual, and somatosensory). The peripheral and central vestibular systems are bilaterally organized; there are various pontomesencephalic brainstem crossings and at least two transcallosal connections of both hemispheres, between the PIVC and the motion-sensitive visual cortex areas, which also mediate vestibular input...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Ria Maxine Rühl, Thomas Bauermann, Marianne Dieterich, Peter Zu Eulenburg
The visual motion aftereffect (MAE) is the most prominent aftereffect in the visual system. Regarding its function, Psychophysical studies suggest its function to be a form of sensory error correction, possibly also triggered by incongruent visual-vestibular stimulation. Several observational imaging experiments have deducted an essential role for region MT+ in the perception of a visual MAE but not provided conclusive evidence. Potential confounders with the MAE such as ocular motor performance, attention, and vection sensations have also never been controlled for...
March 5, 2018: NeuroImage
Maria Breun, Alexandra Schwerdtfeger, Donato Daniel Martellotta, Almuth F Kessler, Jose M Perez, Camelia M Monoranu, Ralf-Ingo Ernestus, Cordula Matthies, Mario Löhr, Carsten Hagemann
Background: CXCR4 is a chemokine receptor that recruits blood stem cells and increases tumor cell growth and invasiveness. We examined CXCR4 expression in vestibular schwannomas (VS) from patients with and without neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) and correlated the levels with the patients' clinical characteristics. The aim was to determine whether CXCR4 can be used as a prognostic marker and as a target for systemic therapy. Results: Overall, CXCR4 mRNA levels were 4...
February 9, 2018: Oncotarget
Ingrida Ulozienė, Milda Totilienė, Andrius Paulauskas, Tomas Blažauskas, Vaidotas Marozas, Diego Kaski, Virgilijus Ulozas
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The subjective visual vertical (SVV) is a measure of a subject's perceived verticality, and a sensitive test of vestibular dysfunction. Despite this, and consequent upon technical and logistical limitations, SVV has not entered mainstream clinical practice. The aim of the study was to develop a mobile virtual reality based system for SVV test, evaluate the suitability of different controllers and assess the system's usability in practical settings. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, we describe a novel virtual reality based system that has been developed to test SVV using integrated software and hardware, and report normative values across healthy population...
February 19, 2018: Medicina
Sebastian Cozma, Cristina Mihaela Ghiciuc, Lisandra Damian, Vittorio Pasquali, Angelo Saponaro, Elena Catalina Lupusoru, Francesca Romana Patacchioli, Lucia Corina Dima-Cozma
INTRODUCTION: The vestibular acute stress induces reversible alert-like reactions that involve the sympathetic adrenal-medullar system and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis responses. The present study aimed to evaluate salivary α-amylase and salivary cortisol production in relation with cardiovascular reactivity induced by acute stress in healthy subjects. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Forty-eight young healthy male volunteers were examined under basal conditions and at various times after reaching the maximal nystagmic reaction following air caloric vestibular test...
2018: PloS One
Brandon Lucke-Wold, Erik C Brown, Justin S Cetas, Aclan Dogan, Sachin Gupta, Timothy E Hullar, Timothy L Smith, Jeremy N Ciporen
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks occur in approximately 10% of patients undergoing a translabyrinthine, retrosigmoid, or middle fossa approach for vestibular schwannoma resection. Cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea also results from trauma, neoplasms, and congenital defects. A high degree of difficulty in repair sometimes requires repetitive microsurgical revisions-a rate of 10% of cases is often cited. This can not only lead to morbidity but is also costly and burdensome to the health care system. In this case-based theoretical analysis, the authors summarize the literature regarding endoscopic endonasal techniques to obliterate the eustachian tube (ET) as well as compare endoscopic endonasal versus open approaches for repair...
March 2018: Neurosurgical Focus
Adam David Goodworth, Kimberly Tetreault, Jeffrey Lanman, Tate Klidonas, Seyoung Kim, Sandra L Saavedra
We developed a sway referenced system for sitting to highlight the role of vestibular and visual contributions to trunk control. Motor control was investigated by measuring trunk kinematics in the frontal plane while manipulating visual availability and introducing a concurrent cognitive task. We examined motor learning on three time scales (within the same trial, minutes), within the same test session (one hour), and between sessions (one week). Posture sway was analyzed through time-based measures (RMS sway and RMS velocity), frequency-based measures (amplitude spectra), and parameterized feedback modeling...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Neurophysiology
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