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Vestibular disorders

Alessandro Micarelli, Andrea Viziano, David Della-Morte, Ivan Augimeri, Marco Alessandrini
OBJECTIVE: Considering the altered multisensory signal compensation during senescence, the aim of the present study was to evaluate the integration rearrangements in unilateral vestibular hypofunction (UVH) during age-related cognitive decline. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Longitudinal cohort study unit and of University tertiary referral center. PATIENTS: Older UVH individuals ≥ 55 years with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or Alzheimer Disease (AD) and matched UVH control group with age-appropriate cognitive function...
March 15, 2018: Otology & Neurotology
Alejandra M Petrilli, Cristina Fernández-Valle
Schwannomas are benign nerve tumors that occur sporadically in the general population and in those with neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2), a tumor predisposition genetic disorder. NF2-associated schwannomas and most sporadic schwannomas are caused by inactivating mutations in Schwann cells in the neurofibromatosis type 2 gene (NF2) that encodes the merlin tumor suppressor. Despite their benign nature, schwannomas and especially vestibular schwannomas cause considerable morbidity. The primary available therapies are surgery or radiosurgery which usually lead to loss of function of the compromised nerve...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Brian E Lacy, Henry P Parkman, Michael Camilleri
Nausea is an uneasy feeling in the stomach while vomiting refers to the forceful expulsion of gastric contents. Chronic nausea and vomiting represent a diverse array of disorders defined by 4 weeks or more of symptoms. Chronic nausea and vomiting result from a variety of pathophysiological processes, involving gastrointestinal and non-gastrointestinal causes. The prevalence of chronic nausea and vomiting is unclear, although the epidemiology of specific conditions, such as gastroparesis and cyclic vomiting syndrome, is better understood...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Gastroenterology
Doreen Huppert, Dominik Straumann, Mans Magnusson, Ilmari Pyykkö, Thomas Brandt
A common European Community driving licence was established in 1980. However, there are major differences among the countries as regards medical conditions that legally affect driving ability. This article discusses various assessment guidelines for dizzy patients. These range from a total absence of specified binding requirements in Finland or regulations open to clinical interpretation in Switzerland, to inappropriately strict regulations in Germany. We focus on requirements for patients with vestibular disorders in Germany which have been in force since 2014...
March 13, 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
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
Ping-Kun Chen, Shuu-Jiun Wang
Migraine is one of the most common neurological disorders. In addition to severe headaches, non-headache symptoms associated with migraine attacks as well as co-morbid disorders frequently aggravate the disabling of migraine patients. Some of these symptoms are related to poor outcomes. In this review, we update the advances of studies on certain non-headache symptoms, including visual disturbance, gastrointestinal symptoms, allodynia, vestibular symptoms, and symptoms of co-morbid restless legs syndrome and psychiatric disorders...
2018: F1000Research
J Löhler, D Eßer, B Wollenberg, L E Walther
BACKGROUND: Dizziness and vertigo are some of the most common reasons for seeking medical help. Acute dizziness and vertigo require interdisciplinary cooperation. New diagnostic methods (the video head impulse test) and modern algorithms (HINTS: head impulse test/nystagmus [direction changing]/test-of-skew) are increasingly used in case of the acute vestibular syndrome in emergency care. METHODS: In a survey on the management and participation of the ENT specialist area, the authors interviewed 168 German ENT clinics during the spring of 2017 using an online survey...
March 2, 2018: HNO
Shan Ding, Shibao Xie, Weiquan Chen, Lu Wen, Junyi Wang, Fan Yang, Gang Chen
Drug delivery to the inner ear by nanomedicine strategies has emerged as an effective therapeutic approach for the management of inner ear diseases including hearing and balance disorders. It is well accepted that substance enters the perilymph from the middle ear through the round window membrane (RWM), but the passage through the oval window (OW) has long been neglected. Up to now, researchers still know little about the pathway via which nanoparticles (NPs) enter the inner ear or how they reach the inner ear following local applications...
February 27, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
D Bouccara, F Rubin, P Bonfils, Q Lisan
Balance disorders presenting with symptoms of dizziness and vertigo are due to various diseases. Clinical approach gives the opportunity to identify emergency situations and most common causes, among them the first one being the benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Oculomotor assessment is pertinent as major clinical orientation, particularly between peripheral and central diseases. These clinical findings support the respective indication of modern imaging and/or vestibular tests, focused on the direction of presupposed diagnosis...
February 26, 2018: La Revue de Médecine Interne
Jeong-Yoon Choi, Hyo-Jung Kim, Ji-Soo Kim
The head impulse test (HIT) is used to evaluate the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) during a high-velocity head rotation. Corrective catch-up saccades that occur during or after the HITs usually indicate peripheral vestibular hypofunction, whereas in acute vestibular syndrome, normal clinical (bedside) HITs should prompt a search for a central lesion. However, recent quantitative studies that evaluated HITs using magnetic search coils or video-based techniques have demonstrated that specific patterns of HIT abnormalities are associated with central vestibular disorders...
February 28, 2018: Neurology
V T Pal'chun, A L Guseva, S D Chistov
AIM: The objective of the present study was to reveal the special aspects of vestibular dysfunction in the patients presenting with unilateral Meniere's disease (MD) during the attack-free intervals. METHODS: The study included 23 patients suffering from unilateral MD; all of them were examined with the use of tonal threshold audiometry, videonystagmography, the caloric test and video head-impulse test (vHIT). RESULTS: The study has demonstrated that the patients with MD are characterized, during the attack-free intervals, by the absence of latent spontaneous nystagmus in conjunction with the positive results of the head shaking test...
2018: Vestnik Otorinolaringologii
A S Lapchenko, A G Kucherov, I V Ivanets, V I Aslamazova, R Ya Order, M A Yushkina
This article was designed to describe the history of the establishment and development of the research divisions based at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology of the Faculty of General Medicine, N.I. Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, including laser, vestibulogical, and audiological laboratories. The authors present an overview of the main research activities and achievements of the Department with special reference to the management of Meniere's disease, cochlear-vestibular disorders associated with sensorineural hearing loss, injuries to the organs of hearing, and diseases of the central nervous system...
2018: Vestnik Otorinolaringologii
Richard A Armstrong
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its associated concussion are major causes of disability and death. All ages can be affected but children, young adults and the elderly are particularly susceptible. A decline in mortality has resulted in many more individuals living with a disability caused by TBI including those affecting vision. This review describes: (1) the major clinical and pathological features of TBI; (2) the visual signs and symptoms associated with the disorder; and (3) discusses the assessment of quality of life and visual rehabilitation of the patient...
February 28, 2018: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
Jorge Rey-Martinez, Angel Batuecas-Caletrio, Eusebi Matiño, Gabriel Trinidad-Ruiz, Xabier Altuna, Nicolas Perez-Fernandez
Background: Visually enhanced vestibulo-ocular reflex (VVOR) is a well-known bedside clinical test to evaluate visuo-vestibular interaction, with clinical applications in patients with neurological and vestibular dysfunctions. Owing to recently developed diagnostic technologies, the possibility to perform an easy and objective measurement of the VVOR has increased, but there is a lack of computational methods designed to obtain an objective VVOR measurement. Objectives: To develop a method for the assessment of the VVOR to obtain a gain value that compares head and eye velocities and to test this method in patients and healthy subjects...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Sung-Hee Kim, Ji-Soo Kim
Objective: Internal representation of gravity can be quantified by measuring the subjective visual vertical (SVV). Modulation of verticality perception during head tilts may be perturbed in vestibular disorders causing SVV tilts in the upright head position. This study aimed to determine the influence of head tilts on the estimation of SVV in acute vestibular disorders. Methods: We measured the SVV in 37 patients with acute vestibular symptoms due to unilateral vestibular neuritis (VN) ( n  = 28) and lateral medullary infarction (LMI) ( n  = 9)...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Teruo Toi, Yasuyuki Nomura, Akihiro Kishino, Shuntaro Shigihara, Takeshi Oshima, Harumi Ishikawa, Satoshi Kamei, Hidemi Miyazaki
Cases of dizziness caused by multiple sclerosis are commonly reported, but those caused by mitochondrial encephalomyopathy have been rarely reported. Particularly, the description of eye nystagmography (ENG) using caloric and optokinetic nystagmus tests has not been reported to date. We encountered the case of a 40-year-old woman with mitochondrial encephalomyopathy who visited us with the chief complaint of dizziness. At first, we considered multiple sclerosis based on the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings and dizziness...
February 20, 2018: Journal of International Advanced Otology
Julien Guevar, Natasha J Olby, Kathryn M Meurs, Oriana Yost, Steven G Friedenberg
BACKGROUND: A congenital syndrome of hearing loss and vestibular dysfunction affects Doberman Pinschers. Its inheritance pattern is suspected to be autosomal recessive and it potentially represents a spontaneous animal model of an autosomal recessive syndromic hearing loss. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to use whole genome sequencing (WGS) to identify deleterious genetic variants in candidate genes associated with the syndrome and to study the prevalence of candidate variants among a population of unaffected Doberman Pinschers...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
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