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  1. Neuronal loss in human medial vestibular nucleus.

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    Alvarez, J C; Díaz, C; Suárez, C; Fernández, J A; González del Rey, C; Navarro, A; Tolivia, J

    1998-08-01

    The data concerning the effects of age on the brainstem are inconsistent, and few works are devoted to the human vestibular nuclear complex. The medial vestibular nucleus (MVN) is the largest nucleus of the vestibular nuclear complex, and it seems to be related mainly to vestibular compensation and vestibulo-ocular reflexes. Eight human brainstems have been used in this work. The specimens were embedded in paraffin, sectioned, and stained by the formaldehyde-thionin technique. Neuron profiles were drawn with a camera lucida at x330. Abercrombie's method was used to estimate the total number of neurons. We used the test of Kolmogorov-Smirnov with the correction of Lilliefors to evaluate the fit of our data to a normal distribution, and a regression analysis was performed to determine if the variation of our data with age was statistically significant. The present study clearly shows that neuronal loss occurs with aging. The total number of neurons decreases with age, from 122,241 +/- 651 cells in a 35-year-old individual to 75,915 +/- 453 cells in an 89-year-old individual. Neuron loss was significant in the caudal and intermediate thirds of the nucleus, whereas the changes in the rostral third were not significant. The nuclear diameter of surviving neurons decreased significantly with age. There is a neuron loss in the MVN that seems to be age-related. It could help explain why elderly people find it hard to compensate for unilateral vestibular deficits. The preservation of neurons in the rostral third could be related to the fact that this area primarily innervates the oculolmotor nuclei; these latter neurons do not decrease in number in other species studied. PMID:9713981

  2. Vestibular convergence patterns in vestibular nuclei neurons of alert primates

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    Dickman, J. David; Angelaki, Dora E.

    2002-01-01

    Sensory signal convergence is a fundamental and important aspect of brain function. Such convergence may often involve complex multidimensional interactions as those proposed for the processing of otolith and semicircular canal (SCC) information for the detection of translational head movements and the effective discrimination from physically congruent gravity signals. In the present study, we have examined the responses of primate rostral vestibular nuclei (VN) neurons that do not exhibit any eye movement-related activity using 0.5-Hz translational and three-dimensional (3D) rotational motion. Three distinct neural populations were identified. Approximately one-fourth of the cells exclusively encoded rotational movements (canal-only neurons) and were unresponsive to translation. The canal-only central neurons encoded head rotation in SCC coordinates, exhibited little orthogonal canal convergence, and were characterized with significantly higher sensitivities to rotation as compared to primary SCC afferents. Another fourth of the neurons modulated their firing rates during translation (otolith-only cells). During rotations, these neurons only responded when the axis of rotation was earth-horizontal and the head was changing orientation relative to gravity. The remaining one-half of VN neurons were sensitive to both rotations and translations (otolith + canal neurons). Unlike primary otolith afferents, however, central neurons often exhibited significant spatiotemporal (noncosine) tuning properties and a wide variety of response dynamics to translation. To characterize the pattern of SCC inputs to otolith + canal neurons, their rotational maximum sensitivity vectors were computed using exclusively responses during earth-vertical axis rotations (EVA). Maximum sensitivity vectors were distributed throughout the 3D space, suggesting strong convergence from multiple SCCs. These neurons were also tested with earth-horizontal axis rotations (EHA), which would activate both vertical canals and otolith organs. However, the recorded responses could not be predicted from a linear combination of EVA rotational and translational responses. In contrast, one-third of the neurons responded similarly during EVA and EHA rotations, although a significant response modulation was present during translation. Thus this subpopulation of otolith + canal cells, which included neurons with either high- or low-pass dynamics to translation, appear to selectively ignore the component of otolith-selective activation that is due to changes in the orientation of the head relative to gravity. Thus contrary to primary otolith afferents and otolith-only central neurons that respond equivalently to tilts relative to gravity and translational movements, approximately one-third of the otolith + canal cells seem to encode a true estimate of the translational component of the imposed passive head and body movement.

  3. Otolith-Canal Convergence in Vestibular Nuclei Neurons

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    Dickman, J. David

    1996-01-01

    During manned spaceflight, acute vestibular disturbances often occur, leading to physical duress and a loss of performance. Vestibular adaptation to the weightless environment follows within two to three days yet the mechanisms responsible for the disturbance and subsequent adaptation are still unknown In order to understand vestibular system function in space and normal earth conditions the basic physiological mechanisms of vestibular information co coding must be determined. Information processing regarding head movement and head position with respect to gravity takes place in the vestibular nuclei neurons that receive signals From the semicircular canals and otolith organs in the vestibular labyrinth. These neurons must synthesize the information into a coded output signal that provides for the head and eye movement reflexes as well as the conscious perception of the body in three-dimensional space The current investigation will for the first time. determine how the vestibular nuclei neurons quantitatively synthesize afferent information from the different linear and angular acceleration receptors in the vestibular labyrinths into an integrated output signal. During the second year of funding, progress on the current project has been focused on the anatomical orientation of semicircular canals and the spatial orientation of the innervating afferent responses. This information is necessary in order to understand how vestibular nuclei neurons process the incoming afferent spatial signals particularly with the convergent otolith afferent signals that are also spatially distributed Since information from the vestibular nuclei is presented to different brain regions associated with differing reflexive and sensory functions it is important to understand the computational mechanisms used by vestibular neurons to produce the appropriate output signal.

  4. Otolith-Canal Convergence In Vestibular Nuclei Neurons

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    Dickman, J. David; Si, Xiao-Hong

    2002-01-01

    The current final report covers the period from June 1, 1999 to May 31, 2002. The primary objective of the investigation was to determine how information regarding head movements and head position relative to gravity is received and processed by central vestibular nuclei neurons in the brainstem. Specialized receptors in the vestibular labyrinths of the inner ear function to detect angular and linear accelerations of the head, with receptors located in the semicircular canals transducing rotational head movements and receptors located in the otolith organs transducing changes in head position relative to gravity or linear accelerations of the head. The information from these different receptors is then transmitted to central vestibular nuclei neurons which process the input signals, then project the appropriate output information to the eye, head, and body musculature motor neurons to control compensatory reflexes. Although a number of studies have reported on the responsiveness of vestibular nuclei neurons, it has not yet been possible to determine precisely how these cells combine the information from the different angular and linear acceleration receptors into a correct neural output signal. In the present project, rotational and linear motion stimuli were separately delivered while recording responses from vestibular nuclei neurons that were characterized according to direct input from the labyrinth and eye movement sensitivity. Responses from neurons receiving convergent input from the semicircular canals and otolith organs were quantified and compared to non-convergent neurons.

  5. Spatial and temporal segregation of auditory and vestibular neurons in the otic placode

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    Bell, Donald; Streit, Andrea; Gorospe, Itziar; Varela-Nieto, Isabel; Alsina, Berta; Giraldez, Fernando

    2008-01-01

    The otic placode generates the auditory and vestibular sense organs and their afferent neurons; however, how auditory and vestibular fates are specified is unknown. We have generated a fate map of the otic placode and show that precursors for vestibular and auditory cells are regionally segregated in the otic epithelium. The anterior-lateral portion of the otic placode generates vestibular neurons, whereas the posterior-medial region gives rise to auditory neurons. Precursors for vestibular a...

  6. Responses of non-eye movement central vestibular neurons to sinusoidal horizontal translation in compensated macaques after unilateral labyrinthectomy

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    Newlands, Shawn D.; Lin, Nan; Wei, Min

    2014-01-01

    After vestibular labyrinth injury, behavioral deficits partially recover through the process of vestibular compensation. The present study was performed to improve our understanding of the physiology of the macaque vestibular system in the compensated state (>7 wk) after unilateral labyrinthectomy (UL). Three groups of vestibular nucleus neurons were included: pre-UL control neurons, neurons ipsilateral to the lesion, and neurons contralateral to the lesion. The firing responses of neurons se...

  7. Convergence of limb, visceral, and vertical semicircular canal or otolith inputs onto vestibular nucleus neurons

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    Jian, B. J.; Shintani, T.; Emanuel, B. A.; Yates, B. J.

    2002-01-01

    The major goal of this study was to determine the patterns of convergence of non-labyrinthine inputs from the limbs and viscera onto vestibular nucleus neurons receiving signals from vertical semicircular canals or otolith organs. A secondary aim was to ascertain whether the effects of non-labyrinthine inputs on the activity of vestibular nucleus neurons is affected by bilateral peripheral vestibular lesions. The majority (72%) of vestibular nucleus neurons in labyrinth-intact animals whose firing was modulated by vertical rotations responded to electrical stimulation of limb and/or visceral nerves. The activity of even more vestibular nucleus neurons (93%) was affected by limb or visceral nerve stimulation in chronically labyrinthectomized preparations. Some neurons received non-labyrinthine inputs from a variety of peripheral sources, including antagonist muscles acting at the same joint, whereas others received inputs from more limited sources. There was no apparent relationship between the spatial and dynamic properties of a neuron's responses to tilts in vertical planes and the non-labyrinthine inputs that it received. These data suggest that non-labyrinthine inputs elicited during movement will modulate the processing of information by the central vestibular system, and may contribute to the recovery of spontaneous activity of vestibular nucleus neurons following peripheral vestibular lesions. Furthermore, some vestibular nucleus neurons with non-labyrinthine inputs may be activated only during particular behaviors that elicit a specific combination of limb and visceral inputs.

  8. Intrinsic physiology of identified neurons in the prepositus hypoglossi and medial vestibular nuclei

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    Kolkman, Kristine E.; Moghadam, Setareh H.; Lac, Sascha du

    2011-01-01

    Signal processing in the vestibular system is influenced by the intrinsic physiological properties of neurons that differ in neurotransmitters and circuit connections. Do membrane and firing properties differ across functionally distinct cell types? This study examines the intrinsic physiology of neurons in the medial vestibular nucleus (MVN) and nucleus prepositus hypoglossi (NPH) which express different neurotransmitters and have distinct axonal projections. NPH neurons expressing fluoresce...

  9. Physiological Characterization of Vestibular Efferent Brainstem Neurons Using a Transgenic Mouse Model

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    Leijon, Sara; Magnusson, Anna K.

    2014-01-01

    The functional role of efferent innervation of the vestibular end-organs in the inner ear remains elusive. This study provides the first physiological characterization of the cholinergic vestibular efferent (VE) neurons in the brainstem by utilizing a transgenic mouse model, expressing eGFP under a choline-acetyltransferase (ChAT)-locus spanning promoter in combination with targeted patch clamp recordings. The intrinsic electrical properties of the eGFP-positive VE neurons were compared to th...

  10. Neuronal detection thresholds during vestibular compensation: contributions of response variability and sensory substitution.

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    Jamali, Mohsen; Mitchell, Diana E; Dale, Alexis; Carriot, Jerome; Sadeghi, Soroush G; Cullen, Kathleen E

    2014-04-01

    The vestibular system is responsible for processing self-motion, allowing normal subjects to discriminate the direction of rotational movements as slow as 1-2 deg s(-1). After unilateral vestibular injury patients' direction-discrimination thresholds worsen to ?20 deg s(-1), and despite some improvement thresholds remain substantially elevated following compensation. To date, however, the underlying neural mechanisms of this recovery have not been addressed. Here, we recorded from first-order central neurons in the macaque monkey that provide vestibular information to higher brain areas for self-motion perception. Immediately following unilateral labyrinthectomy, neuronal detection thresholds increased by more than two-fold (from 14 to 30 deg s(-1)). While thresholds showed slight improvement by week 3 (25 deg s(-1)), they never recovered to control values - a trend mirroring the time course of perceptual thresholds in patients. We further discovered that changes in neuronal response variability paralleled changes in sensitivity for vestibular stimulation during compensation, thereby causing detection thresholds to remain elevated over time. However, we found that in a subset of neurons, the emergence of neck proprioceptive responses combined with residual vestibular modulation during head-on-body motion led to better neuronal detection thresholds. Taken together, our results emphasize that increases in response variability to vestibular inputs ultimately constrain neural thresholds and provide evidence that sensory substitution with extravestibular (i.e. proprioceptive) inputs at the first central stage of vestibular processing is a neural substrate for improvements in self-motion perception following vestibular loss. Thus, our results provide a neural correlate for the patient benefits provided by rehabilitative strategies that take advantage of the convergence of these multisensory cues. PMID:24366259

  11. Monoclonal L-citrulline immunostaining reveals nitric oxide-producing vestibular neurons

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    Holstein, G. R.; Friedrich, V. L. Jr; Martinelli, G. P.

    2001-01-01

    Nitric oxide is an unstable free radical that serves as a novel messenger molecule in the central nervous system (CNS). In order to understand the interplay between classic and novel chemical communication systems in vestibular pathways, the staining obtained using a monoclonal antibody directed against L-citrulline was compared with the labeling observed using more traditional markers for the presence of nitric oxide. Brainstem tissue from adult rats was processed for immunocytochemistry employing a monoclonal antibody directed against L-citrulline, a polyclonal antiserum against neuronal nitric oxide synthase, and/or NADPH-diaphorase histochemistry. Our findings demonstrate that L-citrulline can be fixed in situ by vascular perfusion, and can be visualized in fixed CNS tissue sections by immunocytochemistry. Further, the same vestibular regions and cell types are labeled by NADPH-diaphorase histochemistry, by the neuronal nitric oxide synthase antiserum, and by our anti-L-citrulline antibody. Clusters of L-citrulline-immunoreactive neurons are present in subregions of the vestibular nuclei, including the caudal portion of the inferior vestibular nucleus, the magnocellular portion of the medial vestibular nucleus, and the large cells in the ventral tier of the lateral vestibular nucleus. NADPH-diaphorase histochemical staining of these neurons clearly demonstrated their multipolar, fusiform and globular somata and long varicose dendritic processes. These results provide support for the suggestion that nitric oxide serves key roles in both vestibulo-autonomic and vestibulo-spinal pathways.

  12. Binocular disparity tuning and visual-vestibular congruency of multisensory neurons in macaque parietal cortex

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    YANG, YUN; Liu, Sheng; Chowdhury, Syed A.; DEANGELIS, GREGORY C.; Angelaki, Dora E.

    2011-01-01

    Many neurons in the dorsal medial superior temporal (MSTd) and ventral intraparietal (VIP) areas of the macaque brain are multisensory, responding to both optic flow and vestibular cues to self-motion. The heading tuning of visual and vestibular responses can be either congruent or opposite, but only congruent cells have been implicated in cue integration for heading perception. Because of the geometric properties of motion parallax, however, both congruent and opposite cells could be involve...

  13. Studies of Vestibular Neurons in Normal, Hyper- and Hypogravity

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    Correia, Manning J.

    1996-01-01

    During the past year, pre-, in- and postflight studies were conducted in association with the Axon project for Bion 10 (Cosmos 2229). Recordings were made during pre- and postflight studies, from 118 horizontal semicircular canal afferents and 27 vestibular nucleus neurons in 7 rhesus monkeys; 137 pulse rotation protocols alone were executed (548 acceleration and deceleration responses were curve fit). Usable data was obtained from 127 horizontal afferents concerning their spontaneous discharge. Curve fits and analysis was made of sinusoidal and sum of sinusoidal responses from 42 and 35 horizontal afferents, respectively. Also recordings were made from neurons inflight from the two flight animals. The mean spontaneous rate varied from 128 spikes/sec. during preflight to 92 spikes/sec during postflight (day 5) - a change of 28%. In direct contrast to the results of Cosmos 2044, the best fitted neural adaptation operator (k) and the gain of the pulse response were decreased during post flight when compared to preflight. Surprisingly, the best fitted gain and k values for the sum of sines were slightly elevated during post flight tests. The gain and phase of single sine responses were compared for pre- and post flight tests and compared to a larger population of afferents. In contrast to Cosmos 2044 results where on the first day of post flight testing the gains of the best fitted sine response were skewed toward the higher values of the Miles and Braitman distribution, the gain of the best fitted sine responses during the first day of post flight testing (day 2) during Cosmos 2229 were exactly on the mode of the Miles and Braitman distribution. Thus, at least for the periodic stimuli, (pulses and sine waves) we found no change in gain and neural adaptation during post flight testing following Cosmos 2229. This conclusion is different from the one derived following the Cosmos 2044 flight. Cosmos flight 2229 differed from Cosmos flight 2044 in several significant ways: For example, during preflight, (1) The animals preflight training was different (less well trained on the gaze task) and (2) the animals were exposed to more experimental manipulations (surgical and rotational). Inflight, (1) the animals were required to make a pointing gesture (motor response) in association with eye movements to obtain reward, (2) the inflight diet was different (more balanced), (3) the feeder for one of the animals clogged following 9 days of flight resulting in evident dehydration and probably less head motion exposure in that monkey and (4) there was limited video taping of the monkeys in space. During postflight, (1) we were unable to test the flight animals until 26 hours postflight as compared to 14.5 hours during Cosmos 2044, (2) the animals received significantly more exposure to motion stimuli during postflight testing than during Cosmos 2044. These differences in the vestibular environment will require analysis of several parameters other than just neural and eye movement responses. For example, computer programs will have to be written and used to recover and quantify the number of head movements made by each animal during flight. This activity is critical to the production of neural adaptation and increased gain.

  14. Restricted loss of olivocochlear but not vestibular efferent neurons in the senescent gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus

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    Susanne Radtke-Schuller

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Degeneration of hearing and vertigo are symptoms of age-related auditory and vestibular disorders reflecting multifactorial changes in the peripheral and central nervous system whose interplay remains largely unknown. Originating bilaterally in the brain stem, vestibular and auditory efferent cholinergic projections exert feedback control on the peripheral sensory organs, and modulate sensory processing. We studied age-related changes in the auditory and vestibular efferent systems by evaluating number of cholinergic efferent neurons in young adult and aged gerbils, and in cholinergic trigeminal neurons serving as a control for efferents not related to the inner ear. We observed a significant loss of olivocochlear neurons in aged compared to young adult animals, whereas the overall number of lateral superior olive cells was not reduced in aging. Although the loss of lateral and medial olivocochlear neurons was uniform and equal on both sides of the brain, there were frequency-related differences within the lateral olivocochlear neurons, where the decline was larger in the medial limb of the superior olivary nucleus (high frequency representation than in the lateral limb (middle-to-low frequency representation. In contrast, neither the number of vestibular efferent neurons, nor the population of motor trigeminal neurons were significantly reduced in the aged animals. These observations suggest differential effects of aging on the respective cholinergic efferent brainstem systems.

  15. Plasticity of Scarpa’s ganglion neurons as a possible basis for functional restoration within vestibular endorgans

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    SophieGaboyard-Niay

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available In a previous study (Brugeaud et al., 2007, we observed spontaneous restoration of the vestibular function in young adult rodents following excitotoxic injury of the neuronal network of vestibular endorgans. The functional restoration was supported by a repair of synaptic contacts between hair cells and primary vestibular neurons. This process was observed in 2/3 of the animals studied and occurred within five days following the synapse insult. To assess whether structural plasticity is a fundamental trait of altered vestibular endorgans and to decipher the cellular mechanisms that support such a repair process, we studied the neuronal regeneration and synaptogenesis in co-cultures of vestibular epithelia and Scarpa’s ganglion from young and adult rodents. We demonstrate that under specific culture conditions, primary vestibular neurons from young mice or rats exhibit robust ability to regenerate nervous processes. When co-cultured with vestibular epithelia, primary vestibular neurons were able to establish de novo contacts with hair cells. Under the present paradigm, these contacts displayed morphological features of immature synaptic contacts. This reparative capacity remained in older mice although to a lesser extent. Identifying the basic mechanisms underlying the repair process may provide a basis for novel therapeutic strategies to restore mature and functional vestibular synaptic contacts following damage or loss.

  16. Molecular developmental neurobiology of formation, guidance and survival of primary vestibular neurons

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    Fritzsch, B.

    2003-10-01

    Untangling the molecular and physiological interactions that generate the proper connections of the primary vestibular neurons in normal gravity requires two parallel approaches. One approach needs to use mutant mice to delineate the molecular basis of developmental mechanisms that govern ear development, including formation and differentiation of neurons and establishment of their peripheral and central connections. Beyond that and in addition to it, we need physiological investigations using microgravity and/or hypergravity, as well as absence of otoconia, to understand the role played by vestibular stimuli to fine tune connections of primary and secondary vestibular neurons. This paper provides an overview of some of the molecular mechanisms uncovered over the last few years that guide development, differentiation and survival of primary vestibular neurons of the mammalian ear. Briefly, several genes that are essential for primary neuron formation have been identified, all genes that govern embryonic survival are known and the first genes and mechanisms that guide formation of proper connections are being revealed. While still incomplete, the progress has been astounding and the completion of the mouse genome project will further accelerate the pace. Such data pave the way to put the research on the influence of altered gravity stimulation within a molecular framework.

  17. Physiological characterization of vestibular efferent brainstem neurons using a transgenic mouse model.

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    Leijon, Sara; Magnusson, Anna K

    2014-01-01

    The functional role of efferent innervation of the vestibular end-organs in the inner ear remains elusive. This study provides the first physiological characterization of the cholinergic vestibular efferent (VE) neurons in the brainstem by utilizing a transgenic mouse model, expressing eGFP under a choline-acetyltransferase (ChAT)-locus spanning promoter in combination with targeted patch clamp recordings. The intrinsic electrical properties of the eGFP-positive VE neurons were compared to the properties of the lateral olivocochlear (LOC) brainstem neurons, which gives rise to efferent innervation of the cochlea. Both VE and the LOC neurons were marked by their negative resting membrane potential TEA insensitive outward currents with fast inactivation kinetics, indicating A-type potassium currents, in both the inner ear-projecting neuronal types. Immunohistochemistry confirmed expression of Kv4.3 and 4.2 ion channel subunits in both the VE and LOC neurons. The difference in spiking responses to depolarization is related to a two-fold impact of these transient outward currents on somatic integration in the LOC neurons compared to in VE neurons. It is speculated that the physiological properties of the VE neurons might be compatible with a wide-spread control over motion and gravity sensation in the inner ear, providing likewise feed-back amplification of abrupt and strong phasic signals from the semi-circular canals and of tonic signals from the gravito-sensitive macular organs. PMID:24867596

  18. Pulsed infrared radiation excites cultured neonatal spiral and vestibular ganglion neurons by modulating mitochondrial calcium cycling.

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    Lumbreras, Vicente; Bas, Esperanza; Gupta, Chhavi; Rajguru, Suhrud M

    2014-09-15

    Cochlear implants are currently the most effective solution for profound sensorineural hearing loss, and vestibular prostheses are under development to treat bilateral vestibulopathies. Electrical current spread in these neuroprostheses limits channel independence and, in some cases, may impair their performance. In comparison, optical stimuli that are spatially confined may result in a significant functional improvement. Pulsed infrared radiation (IR) has previously been shown to elicit responses in neurons. This study analyzes the response of neonatal rat spiral and vestibular ganglion neurons in vitro to IR (wavelength = 1,863 nm) using Ca(2+) imaging. Both types of neurons responded consistently with robust intracellular Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]i) transients that matched the low-frequency IR pulses applied (4 ms, 0.25-1 pps). Radiant exposures of ?637 mJ/cm(2) resulted in continual neuronal activation. Temperature or [Ca(2+)] variations in the media did not alter the IR-evoked transients, ruling out extracellular Ca(2+) involvement or primary mediation by thermal effects on the plasma membrane. While blockage of Na(+), K(+), and Ca(2+) plasma membrane channels did not alter the IR-evoked response, blocking of mitochondrial Ca(2+) cycling with CGP-37157 or ruthenium red reversibly inhibited the IR-evoked [Ca(2+)]i transients. Additionally, the magnitude of the IR-evoked transients was dependent on ryanodine and cyclopiazonic acid-dependent Ca(2+) release. These results suggest that IR modulation of intracellular calcium cycling contributes to stimulation of spiral and vestibular ganglion neurons. As a whole, the results suggest selective excitation of neurons in the IR beam path and the potential of IR stimulation in future auditory and vestibular prostheses. PMID:24920028

  19. Encoding of head acceleration in vestibular neurons. I. Spatiotemporal response properties to linear acceleration

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    Bush, G. A.; Perachio, A. A.; Angelaki, D. E.

    1993-01-01

    1. Extracellular recordings were made in and around the medial vestibular nuclei in decerebrated rats. Neurons were functionally identified according to their semicircular canal input on the basis of their responses to angular head rotations around the yaw, pitch, and roll head axes. Those cells responding to angular acceleration were classified as either horizontal semicircular canal-related (HC) or vertical semicircular canal-related (VC) neurons. The HC neurons were further characterized as either type I or type II, depending on the direction of rotation producing excitation. Cells that lacked a response to angular head acceleration, but exhibited sensitivity to a change in head position, were classified as purely otolith organ-related (OTO) neurons. All vestibular neurons were then tested for their response to sinusoidal linear translation in the horizontal head plane. 2. Convergence of macular and canal inputs onto central vestibular nuclei neurons occurred in 73% of the type I HC, 79% of the type II HC, and 86% of the VC neurons. Out of the 223 neurons identified as receiving macular input, 94 neurons were further studied, and their spatiotemporal response properties to sinusoidal stimulation with pure linear acceleration were quantified. Data were obtained from 33 type I HC, 22 type II HC, 22 VC, and 17 OTO neurons. 3. For each neuron the angle of the translational stimulus vector was varied by 15, 30, or 45 degrees increments in the horizontal head plane. In all tested neurons, a direction of maximum sensitivity was identified. An interesting difference among neurons was their response to translation along the direction perpendicular to that that produced the maximum response ("null" direction). For the majority of neurons tested, it was possible to evoke a nonzero response during stimulation along the null direction always had response phases that varied as a function of stimulus direction. 4. These spatiotemporal response properties were quantified in two independent ways. First, the data were evaluated on the basis of the traditional one-dimensional principle governed by the "cosine gain rule" and constant response phase at different stimulus orientations. Second, the response gain and phase values that were empirically determined for each orientation of the applied linear stimulus vector were fitted on the basis of a newly developed formalism that treats neuronal responses as exhibiting two-dimensional spatial sensitivity. Thus two response vectors were determined for each neuron on the basis of its response gain and phase at different stimulus directions in the horizontal head plane.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS).

  20. A model for the characterization of the spatial properties in vestibular neurons

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    Angelaki, D. E.; Bush, G. A.; Perachio, A. A.

    1992-01-01

    Quantitative study of the static and dynamic response properties of some otolith-sensitive neurons has been difficult in the past partly because their responses to different linear acceleration vectors exhibited no "null" plane and a dependence of phase on stimulus orientation. The theoretical formulation of the response ellipse provides a quantitative way to estimate the spatio-temporal properties of such neurons. Its semi-major axis gives the direction of the polarization vector (i.e., direction of maximal sensitivity) and it estimates the neuronal response for stimulation along that direction. In addition, the semi-minor axis of the ellipse provides an estimate of the neuron's maximal sensitivity in the "null" plane. In this paper, extracellular recordings from otolith-sensitive vestibular nuclei neurons in decerebrate rats were used to demonstrate the practical application of the method. The experimentally observed gain and phase dependence on the orientation angle of the acceleration vector in a head-horizontal plane was described and satisfactorily fit by the response ellipse model. In addition, the model satisfactorily fits neuronal responses in three-dimensions and unequivocally demonstrates that the response ellipse formulation is the general approach to describe quantitatively the spatial properties of vestibular neurons.

  1. Responses of non-eye movement central vestibular neurons to sinusoidal horizontal translation in compensated macaques after unilateral labyrinthectomy.

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    Newlands, Shawn D; Lin, Nan; Wei, Min

    2014-07-01

    After vestibular labyrinth injury, behavioral deficits partially recover through the process of vestibular compensation. The present study was performed to improve our understanding of the physiology of the macaque vestibular system in the compensated state (>7 wk) after unilateral labyrinthectomy (UL). Three groups of vestibular nucleus neurons were included: pre-UL control neurons, neurons ipsilateral to the lesion, and neurons contralateral to the lesion. The firing responses of neurons sensitive to linear acceleration in the horizontal plane were recorded during sinusoidal horizontal translation directed along six different orientations (30° apart) at 0.5 Hz and 0.2 g peak acceleration (196 cm/s(2)). This data defined the vector of best response for each neuron in the horizontal plane, along which sensitivity, symmetry, detection threshold, and variability of firing were determined. Additionally, the responses of the same cells to translation over a series of frequencies (0.25-5.0 Hz) either in the interaural or naso-occipital orientation were obtained to define the frequency response characteristics in each group. We found a decrease in sensitivity, increase in threshold, and alteration in orientation of best responses in the vestibular nuclei after UL. Additionally, the phase relationship of the best neural response to translational stimulation changed with UL. The symmetry of individual neuron responses in the excitatory and inhibitory directions was unchanged by UL. Bilateral central utricular neurons still demonstrated two-dimension tuning after UL, consistent with spatio-temporal convergence from a single vestibular end-organ. These neuronal data correlate with known behavioral deficits after unilateral vestibular compromise. PMID:24717349

  2. Cat vestibular neurons that exhibit different responses to active and passive yaw head rotations

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    Robinson, F. R.; Tomko, D. L.

    1987-01-01

    Neurons in the vestibular nuclei were recorded in alert cats during voluntary yaw rotations of the head and during the same rotations delivered with a turntable driven from a record of previous voluntary movements. During both voluntary and passive rotations, 35 percent (6/17) of neurons tested responded at higher rates or for a larger part of the movement during voluntary movements than during the same rotations delivered with the turntable. Neck sensory input was evaluated separately in many of these cells and can account qualitatively for the extra firing present during active movement.

  3. Two-dimensional spatiotemporal coding of linear acceleration in vestibular nuclei neurons

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    Angelaki, D. E.; Bush, G. A.; Perachio, A. A.

    1993-01-01

    Response properties of vertical (VC) and horizontal (HC) canal/otolith-convergent vestibular nuclei neurons were studied in decerebrate rats during stimulation with sinusoidal linear accelerations (0.2-1.4 Hz) along different directions in the head horizontal plane. A novel characteristic of the majority of tested neurons was the nonzero response often elicited during stimulation along the "null" direction (i.e., the direction perpendicular to the maximum sensitivity vector, Smax). The tuning ratio (Smin gain/Smax gain), a measure of the two-dimensional spatial sensitivity, depended on stimulus frequency. For most vestibular nuclei neurons, the tuning ratio was small at the lowest stimulus frequencies and progressively increased with frequency. Specifically, HC neurons were characterized by a flat Smax gain and an approximately 10-fold increase of Smin gain per frequency decade. Thus, these neurons encode linear acceleration when stimulated along their maximum sensitivity direction, and the rate of change of linear acceleration (jerk) when stimulated along their minimum sensitivity direction. While the Smax vectors were distributed throughout the horizontal plane, the Smin vectors were concentrated mainly ipsilaterally with respect to head acceleration and clustered around the naso-occipital head axis. The properties of VC neurons were distinctly different from those of HC cells. The majority of VC cells showed decreasing Smax gains and small, relatively flat, Smin gains as a function of frequency. The Smax vectors were distributed ipsilaterally relative to the induced (apparent) head tilt. In type I anterior or posterior VC neurons, Smax vectors were clustered around the projection of the respective ipsilateral canal plane onto the horizontal head plane. These distinct spatial and temporal properties of HC and VC neurons during linear acceleration are compatible with the spatiotemporal organization of the horizontal and the vertical/torsional ocular responses, respectively, elicited in the rat during linear translation in the horizontal head plane. In addition, the data suggest a spatially and temporally specific and selective otolith/canal convergence. We propose that the central otolith system is organized in canal coordinates such that there is a close alignment between the plane of angular acceleration (canal) sensitivity and the plane of linear acceleration (otolith) sensitivity in otolith/canal-convergent vestibular nuclei neurons.

  4. Postsynaptic mechanisms underlying the excitatory action of histamine on medial vestibular nucleus neurons in rats

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    Zhang, Xiao-Yang; Yu, Lei; Zhuang, Qian-Xing; Peng, Shi-Yu; Zhu, Jing-Ning; Wang, Jian-Jun

    2013-01-01

    Background and Purpose Anti-histaminergic drugs have been widely used in the clinical treatment of vestibular disorders and most studies concentrate on their presynaptic actions. The present study investigated the postsynaptic effect of histamine on medial vestibular nucleus (MVN) neurons and the underlying mechanisms. Experimental Approach Histamine-induced postsynaptic actions on MVN neurons and the corresponding receptor and ionic mechanisms were detected by whole-cell patch-clamp recordings on rat brain slices. The distribution of postsynaptic histamine H1, H2 and H4 receptors was mapped by double and single immunostaining. Furthermore, the expression of mRNAs for H1, H2 and H4 receptors and for subtypes of Na+–Ca2+ exchangers (NCXs) and hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels was assessed by quantitative real-time RT-PCR. Key Results A marked postsynaptic excitatory effect, co-mediated by histamine H1 and H2 receptors, was involved in the histamine-induced depolarization of MVN neurons. Postsynaptic H1 and H2 rather than H4 receptors were co-localized in the same MVN neurons. NCXs contributed to the inward current mediated by H1 receptors, whereas HCN channels were responsible for excitation induced by activation of H2 receptors. Moreover, NCX1 and NCX3 rather than NCX2, and HCN1 rather than HCN2-4 mRNAs, were abundantly expressed in MVN. Conclusion and Implications NCXs coupled to H1 receptors and HCN channels linked to H2 receptors co-mediate the strong postsynaptic excitatory action of histamine on MVN neurons. These results highlight an active role of postsynaptic mechanisms in the modulation by central histaminergic systems of vestibular functions and suggest potential targets for clinical treatment of vestibular disorders. Linked Articles This article is part of a themed issue on Histamine Pharmacology Update. To view the other articles in this issue visit http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bph.2013.170.issue-1 PMID:23713466

  5. Vestibular Neuronitis

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  6. Direct muscarinic and nicotinic receptor-mediated excitation of rat medial vestibular nucleus neurons in vitro

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    Phelan, K. D.; Gallagher, J. P.

    1992-01-01

    We have utilized intracellular recording techniques to investigate the cholinoceptivity of rat medial vestibular nucleus (MVN) neurons in a submerged brain slice preparation. Exogenous application of the mixed cholinergic agonists, acetylcholine (ACh) or carbachol (CCh), produced predominantly membrane depolarization, induction of action potential firing, and decreased input resistance. Application of the selective muscarinic receptor agonist muscarine (MUSC), or the selective nicotinic receptor agonists nicotine (NIC) or 1,1-dimethyl-4-phenylpiperazinium (DMPP) also produced membrane depolarizations. The MUSC-induced depolarization was accompanied by decreased conductance, while an increase in conductance appeared to underlie the NIC- and DMPP-induced depolarizations. The muscarinic and nicotinic receptor mediated depolarizations persisted in tetrodotoxin and/or low Ca2+/high Mg2+ containing media, suggesting direct postsynaptic receptor activation. The MUSC-induced depolarization could be reversibly blocked by the selective muscarinic-receptor antagonist, atropine, while the DMPP-induced depolarization could be reversibly suppressed by the selective ganglionic nicotinic-receptor antagonist, mecamylamine. Some neurons exhibited a transient membrane hyperpolarization during the depolarizing response to CCh or MUSC application. This transient inhibition could be reversibly blocked by the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) antagonist, bicuculline, suggesting that the underlying hyperpolarization results indirectly from the endogenous release of GABA acting at GABA receptors. This study confirms the cholinoceptivity of MVN neurons and establishes that individual MVN cells possess muscarinic as well as nicotinic receptors. The data provide support for a prominent role of cholinergic mechanisms in the direct and indirect regulation of the excitability of MVN neurons.

  7. Chondroitin sulfates in the developing rat hindbrain confine commissural projections of vestibular nuclear neurons

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    Kwok Jessica CF

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Establishing correct neuronal circuitry is crucial to proper function of the vertebrate nervous system. The abundance of chondroitin sulfate (CS proteoglycans in embryonic neural environments suggests that matrix proteoglycans regulate axonal projections when fiber tracts have not yet formed. Among the early-born neurons, the vestibular nucleus (VN neurons initiate commissural projections soon after generation at E12.5 and reach the contralateral target by E15.5 in the rat hindbrain. We therefore exploited 24-hour cultures (1 day in vitro (DIV of the rat embryos and chondroitinase ABC treatment of the hindbrain matrix to reveal the role of CS moieties in axonal initiation and projection in the early hindbrain. Results DiI tracing from the VN at E12.5(+1 DIV showed contralaterally projecting fibers assuming fascicles that hardly reached the midline in the controls. In the enzyme-treated embryos, the majority of fibers were unfasciculated as they crossed the midline at 90°. At E13.5(+1 DIV, the commissural projections formed fascicles and crossed the midline in the controls. Enzyme treatment apparently did not affect the pioneer axons that had advanced as thick fascicles normal to the midline and beyond, towards the contralateral VN. Later projections, however, traversed the enzyme-treated matrix as unfasciculated fibers, deviated from the normal course crossing the midline at various angles and extending beyond the contralateral VN. This suggests that CSs also limit the course of the later projections, which otherwise would be attracted to alternative targets. Conclusions CS moieties in the early hindbrain therefore control the course and fasciculation of axonal projections and the timing of axonal arrival at the target.

  8. Firing properties of GABAergic versus non-GABAergic vestibular nucleus neurons conferred by a differential balance of potassium currents.

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    Gittis, Aryn H; du Lac, Sascha

    2007-06-01

    Neural circuits are composed of diverse cell types, the firing properties of which reflect their intrinsic ionic currents. GABAergic and non-GABAergic neurons in the medial vestibular nuclei, identified in GIN and YFP-16 lines of transgenic mice, respectively, exhibit different firing properties in brain slices. The intrinsic ionic currents of these cell types were investigated in acutely dissociated neurons from 3- to 4-wk-old mice, where differences in spontaneous firing and action potential parameters observed in slice preparations are preserved. Both GIN and YFP-16 neurons express a combination of four major outward currents: Ca(2+)-dependent K(+) currents (I(KCa)), 1 mM TEA-sensitive delayed rectifier K(+) currents (I(1TEA)), 10 mM TEA-sensitive delayed rectifier K(+) currents (I(10TEA)), and A-type K(+) currents (I(A)). The balance of these currents varied across cells, with GIN neurons tending to express proportionately more I(KCa) and I(A), and YFP-16 neurons tending to express proportionately more I(1TEA) and I(10TEA). Correlations in charge densities suggested that several currents were coregulated. Variations in the kinetics and density of I(1TEA) could account for differences in repolarization rates observed both within and between cell types. These data indicate that diversity in the firing properties of GABAergic and non-GABAergic vestibular nucleus neurons arises from graded differences in the balance and kinetics of ionic currents. PMID:17392422

  9. Response of pontomedullary reticulospinal neurons to vestibular stimuli in vertical planes. Role in vertical vestibulospinal reflexes of the decerebrate cat

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    Bolton, P. S.; Goto, T.; Schor, R. H.; Wilson, V. J.; Yamagata, Y.; Yates, B. J.

    1992-01-01

    1. To investigate the neural substrate of vestibulospinal reflexes in decerebrate cats, we studied the responses of pontomedullary reticulospinal neurons to natural stimulation of the labyrinth in vertical planes. Our principal aim was to determine whether reticulospinal neurons that terminate in, or are likely to give off collaterals to, the upper cervical segments had properties similar to those of the vestibulocollic reflex (VCR). 2. Antidromic stimulation was used to determine whether the neurons projected to the neck, lower cervical, thoracic, or lumbar levels. Dynamics of the responses of spontaneously firing neurons were studied with sinusoidal stimuli delivered at 0.05-1 Hz and aligned to the plane of body rotation, that produced maximal modulation of the neuron (response vector orientation). Each neuron was assigned a vestibular input classification of otolith, vertical canal, otolith + canal, or spatial-temporal convergence (STC). 3. We found, in agreement with previous studies, that the largest fraction of pontomedullary reticulospinal neurons projected to the lumbar cord, and that only a small number ended in the neck segments. Neurons projecting to all levels of the spinal cord had similar responses to labyrinth stimulation. 4. Reticulospinal neurons that received only vertical canal inputs were rare (1 of 67 units). Most reticulospinal neurons (48%) received predominant otolith inputs, 18% received otolith + canal input, and only 9% had STC behavior. These data are in sharp contrast to the results of our previous studies of vestibulospinal neurons. A considerable portion of vestibulospinal neurons receives vertical canal input (38%), fewer receive predominantly otolith input (22%), whereas the proportion that have otolith + canal input or STC behavior is similar to our present reticulospinal data. 5. The response vector orientations of our reticulospinal neurons, particularly those with canal inputs (canal, otolith + canal, STC) were predominantly in the roll quadrants. There was no evidence of convergence of inputs from like canals across the midline (e.g., right anterior + left anterior). 6. Two characteristics of the VCR, STC behavior and bilateral input from symmetric vertical canals (in some muscles), cannot be accounted for by the reticulospinal neurons that we studied. Because these characteristics are also not seen in vestibulocollic neurons, they are likely to be the result of the appropriate convergence of vestibular signals in the spinal cord. 7. Pontomedullary reticulospinal neurons seem particularly well suited to play a role in gravity-dependent postural reflexes of neck and limbs.

  10. Firing behavior of vestibular neurons during active and passive head movements: vestibulo-spinal and other non-eye-movement related neurons

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    McCrea, R. A.; Gdowski, G. T.; Boyle, R.; Belton, T.; Peterson, B. W. (Principal Investigator)

    1999-01-01

    The firing behavior of 51 non-eye movement related central vestibular neurons that were sensitive to passive head rotation in the plane of the horizontal semicircular canal was studied in three squirrel monkeys whose heads were free to move in the horizontal plane. Unit sensitivity to active head movements during spontaneous gaze saccades was compared with sensitivity to passive head rotation. Most units (29/35 tested) were activated at monosynaptic latencies following electrical stimulation of the ipsilateral vestibular nerve. Nine were vestibulo-spinal units that were antidromically activated following electrical stimulation of the ventromedial funiculi of the spinal cord at C1. All of the units were less sensitive to active head movements than to passive whole body rotation. In the majority of cells (37/51, 73%), including all nine identified vestibulo-spinal units, the vestibular signals related to active head movements were canceled. The remaining units (n = 14, 27%) were sensitive to active head movements, but their responses were attenuated by 20-75%. Most units were nearly as sensitive to passive head-on-trunk rotation as they were to whole body rotation; this suggests that vestibular signals related to active head movements were cancelled primarily by subtraction of a head movement efference copy signal. The sensitivity of most units to passive whole body rotation was unchanged during gaze saccades. A fundamental feature of sensory processing is the ability to distinguish between self-generated and externally induced sensory events. Our observations suggest that the distinction is made at an early stage of processing in the vestibular system.

  11. THE COMPARATIVE CHARACTERISTICS OF BACKGROUND IMPULSE ACTIVITY OF IPSI- AND CONTRALATERAL MEDIAL VESTIBULAR NUCLUS NEURONS IN LABYRINTHECTOMIZED RATS

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    S.H.Sarkisyan

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available The background neuronal impulse activity of right and left medial vestibular nuclei of rats was carried out in norm and after unilateral labyrinthectomy (UL on 2-d, 7-th, 12-th and 17-th days. It was shown by computer analysis, that characteristics of both nuclei neurons impulse activity in the control group have revealled primery asymmetry of the average freguency of variation (accordingly 16,6±1,7 Hz; and 23,6±1,5 Hz; p<0,01. It is shown that on 7-th day following UL value of the average frequency corresponded to source (16,6±1,2 Hz and 23,6±1,7Hz.We discussed particularities of the process to compensations and functional importance got result.

  12. THE COMPARATIVE CHARACTERISTICS OF BACKGROUND IMPULSE ACTIVITY OF IPSI- AND CONTRALATERAL SPINAL VESTIBULAR NUCLUS NEURONS IN LABYRINTHECTOMIZED RATS

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    S.H. Sarkisyan

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available The background neuronal impulse activity of right and left spinal vestibular nuclei of rats was carried out in norm and after unilateral labyrinthectomy (UL on 2-d, 7-th, 12- th and 17-th days. It was shown by computer analysis, that characteristics of both nuclei neurons impulse activity in the control group have revealed primary asymmetry of the average frequency and coefficient of variation (accordingly 11,0±1,0 Hz; 92,7± 5,2% and 34,6±2,7 Hz; and 66,4±3,8%, p<0,01. It is shown that on 7-th day following UL value of the coefficient of variation in both sides is justified (accordingly 76,6 ±2,5% and 72,8±2,2% and the value of the average frequency corresponded to source (9,2±0,7 Hz and 32,2±2,8Hz. We discussed particularities of the process to compensations and functional importance got result.

  13. Implantes vestibulares / Vestibular prosthesis

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    Cristian, Aedo Sánchez; Paul H, Délano Reyes.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available La lesión o hipofunción vestibular bilateral (HVB) es un cuadro clínico que provoca oscilopsias y desequilibrio incapacitante que se agrava en oscuridad. Algunas de las causas de HVB son el uso de drogas ototóxicas, enfermedad de Ménière bilateral, enfermedades autoinmunes y degeneración espinocereb [...] elar. El manejo de esta discapacidad es complejo y muchas veces la rehabilitación no logra los objetivos deseados. Una de las alternativas terapéuticas futuras para la HVB y aún en plena fase experimental es el implante vestibular, cuyo funcionamiento en términos generales es similar al de un implante coclear. En esta revisión se analiza la génesis e historia del desarrollo de los implantes vestibulares, sus principales características y el futuro de su implementación. Abstract in english Bilateral vestibular loss (BVL) is a clinic syndrome that produces oscillopsias and disabling disequilibrium, especially in darkness. Some causes of BVL are the use of ototoxic drugs, bilateral Ménière disease, autoinmune ear disorders and spinocerebellar ataxia. The management of this disability is [...] complex and many times the rehabilitation does not accomplish with the desired goals. One future therapeutic alternative for BVL and still in an experimental stage is the vestibular implant, whose overall functioning is similar to a cochlear implant. In this review we analyze the genesis and history of vestibular implant development, its main technical characteristics and the future of its implementation.

  14. Modelling the firing pattern of bullfrog vestibular neurons responding to naturalistic stimuli

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    Paulin, M. G.; Hoffman, L. F.

    1999-01-01

    We have developed a neural system identification method for fitting models to stimulus-response data, where the response is a spike train. The method involves using a general nonlinear optimisation procedure to fit models in the time domain. We have applied the method to model bullfrog semicircular canal afferent neuron responses during naturalistic, broad-band head rotations. These neurons respond in diverse ways, but a simple four parameter class of models elegantly accounts for the various types of responses observed. c1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Vestibular migraine

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    Lempert, Thomas; Olesen, Jes; Furman, Joseph; Waterston, John; Seemungal, Barry; Carey, John; Bisdorff, Alexander; Versino, Maurizio; Evers, Stefan; Newman-Toker, David

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents diagnostic criteria for vestibular migraine, jointly formulated by the Committee for Classification of Vestibular Disorders of the Bárány Society and the Migraine Classification Subcommittee of the International Headache Society (IHS). The classification includes vestibular migraine and probable vestibular migraine. Vestibular migraine will appear in an appendix of the third edition of the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD) as a first step for new entit...

  16. Ultrastructure of projections to the oculomotor nucleus and inferior olive from vestibular and cerebellar neurons involved in compensatory eye movements

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    Wentzel, P.R.

    1998-01-01

    Early in the evolution of vertebrates eye movements were strictly primitive reflexes that were predominantly controlled by vestibular and visual sensory stimuli. Later during phylogeny, along with the development of the fovea of the retina, vertebrates acquired the ability to make voluntary eye movements (BOttner and BUttner-Eonever, 1988). In short, five types of eye movements can be distinguished. The first two are slow eye movements that compensate for movements of the head ...

  17. BASIC CONCEPTS IN UNDERSTANDING RECOVERY OF FUNCTION IN VESTIBULAR REFLEX NETWORKS DURING VESTIBULAR COMPENSATION

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    KennaPeusner

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Unilateral peripheral vestibular lesions produce a syndrome of oculomotor and postural deficits with the symptoms at rest, the static symptoms, partially or completely normalizing shortly after the lesion due to a process known as vestibular compensation. The symptoms are thought to result from changes in the activity of vestibular sensorimotor reflexes. Since the vestibular nuclei must be intact for recovery to occur, many investigations have focused on studying these neurons after lesions. At present, the neuronal plasticity underlying early recovery from the static symptoms is not fully understood. Here we propose that knowledge of the reflex identity and input-output connections of the recorded neurons is essential to link the responses to animal behavior. We further propose that the cellular mechanisms underlying vestibular compensation can be sorted out by characterizing the synaptic responses and time course for change in morphologically-defined subsets of vestibular reflex projection neurons. Accordingly, this review focuses on the perspective gained by performing electrophysiological and immunolabeling studies on a specific subset of morphologically-defined, glutamatergic vestibular reflex projection neurons, the principal cells of the chick tangential nucleus. Reference is made to pertinent findings from other studies on vestibular nuclei neurons, but no comprehensive review of the literature is intended since broad reviews already exist. From recording excitatory and inhibitory spontaneous synaptic activity in principal cells, we find that the rebalancing of excitatory synaptic drive bilaterally is essential for vestibular compensation to proceed. This work is important for it defines for the first time the excitatory and inhibitory nature of the changing synaptic inputs and the time course for changes in a morphologically-defined subset of vestibular reflex projection neurons during early stages of vestibular compensation.

  18. Vestibular Hyperacusis

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  19. Vestibular interactions in the thalamus

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    Aaron Camp

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available It has long been known that the vast majority of all information en route to the cerebral cortex must first pass through the thalamus. The long held view that the thalamus serves as a simple hi fidelity relay station for sensory information to the cortex, however, has over recent years been dispelled. Indeed, multiple projections from the vestibular nuclei to thalamic nuclei (including the ventrobasal nuclei, and the geniculate bodies- regions typically associated with other modalities- have been described. Further, some thalamic neurons have been shown to respond to stimuli presented from across sensory modalities. For example, neurons in the rat anterodorsal and laterodorsal nuclei of the thalamus respond to visual, vestibular, proprioceptive and somatosensory stimuli and integrate this information to compute heading within the environment. Together, these findings imply that the thalamus serves crucial integrative functions, at least in regard to vestibular processing, beyond that imparted by a “simple” relay. In this mini review we outline the vestibular inputs to the thalamus and provide some clinical context for vestibular interactions in the thalamus. We then focus on how vestibular inputs interact with other sensory systems and discuss the multisensory integration properties of the thalamus.

  20. Development of a biophysical model for vestibular prosthesis research.

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    Rubinstein, J T; Della Santina, C C

    Physiologic properties of primary vestibular neurons are compared and contrasted with properties of primary auditory neurons. The differences and similarities suggest possible coding strategies for a vestibular implant. The degree of spike rate variability, or coefficient of variation (CV), is a prominent physiological property of vestibular neurons with undetermined functional significance. At the very least, CV is highly correlated with threshold to electrical stimulation in the intact vestibular labyrinth. If CV is also important for vestibular coding, then electrical stimulation strategies should be designed to restore relatively physiologic patterns of CV. Simulations using a stochastic model of primary afferent vestibular neurons reveal that this should be possible using combinations of low and high-rate pulsatile stimulation. They also demonstrate that differences in the number and independence of synaptic inputs can significantly affect CV. PMID:12867665

  1. [Effect of low-frequency vibration on the activity of dehydrogenase in neurones of anterior vestibular nucleus in rats].

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    Nasibullin, B A; Rozanov, V A; Ianovsky?, M B

    1993-01-01

    To obtain the characteristics of the main changes in oxidative metabolism in the neurons of the nucleus vestibularis anterior (NVA) under the influence of low frequency vibration in rat brain the activities of some dehydrogenases (NADN-DH, NADPH-DH, succinate-DH, malate-DH, beta-oxybutyrate-DH, alpha-glycerolphosphate-DH, lactate-DH, glutamate-DH and 6-phosphogluconate-DH) were measured using histochemical methods. The sizes of subpopulations of neurons differing in enzyme activities were estimated. PMID:8335122

  2. Spatiotemporal Properties of Vestibular Responses in Area MSTd

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    Fetsch, Christopher R.; Rajguru, Suhrud M; Karunaratne, Anuk; Gu, Yong; Angelaki, Dora E.; DEANGELIS, GREGORY C.

    2010-01-01

    Recent studies have shown that many neurons in the primate dorsal medial superior temporal area (MSTd) show spatial tuning during inertial motion and that these responses are vestibular in origin. Given their well-studied role in processing visual self-motion cues (i.e., optic flow), these neurons may be involved in the integration of visual and vestibular signals to facilitate robust perception of self-motion. However, the temporal structure of vestibular responses in MSTd has not been chara...

  3. Visuo-vestibular biofeedback in patients with peripheral vestibular disorders.

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    Hahn, A; Sejna, I; Stolbova, K; Cocek, A

    2001-01-01

    It is well known that diseases of the vestibular system can be compensated by increased spontaneous activity of other systems engaged in maintaining equilibrium, i.e. proprioceptive and visual systems. A complex approach using multisensory stimulation is the optimal way to achieve vestibular compensation. The aim of our study was to determine the effect of vestibular rehabilitation therapy as measured by posturography in a group of 72 patients suffering from vestibular disorders: Ménière's disease (n = 31), neuritis vestibularis (n = 21) and vertebrobasilar insufficiency (n = 20). Patients underwent the following examinations: electronystagmography; caloric, rotatory and optokinetic tests; computed posturography; craniocorpography; pure-tone audiometry; speech audiometry; and tinnitometry (tinnitus loudness, pitch). The instability in patients with Ménière's disease decreased 3 weeks after starting the therapy; nevertheless, the decrease in area (the surface formed by the movement of the patient's equilibrium point during a defined time) was transitory because of the increase in area values obtained between the 3rd and 6th weeks when measured with closed eyes. In the vestibular neuronitis patients, the measured values of area and the velocity of the patient's movement decreased continuously. The values measured in the patients suffering from vertebrobasilar insufficiency decreased continuously, the absolute values remaining pathological. PMID:11677751

  4. Non-linear Galilean vestibular receptive fields.

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    Bennequin, D; Berthoz, A

    2011-01-01

    We present a set of formulas for the receptive fields of the vestibular neurons that are motivated by Galilean invariance. We show that these formulas explain non-trivial data in neurophysiology, and suggest new hypothesis to be tested in dynamical 3D conditions. Moreover our model offers a way for neuronal computing with 3D displacements, which is reputed to be hard, underlying the vestibular reflexes. This computation is presented in a Bayesian framework. The basis of the model is the necessity of living bodies to work invariantly in space-time, allied to the necessary discreteness of neuronal transmission. PMID:22254794

  5. Towards a neuromorphic vestibular system.

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    Corradi, Federico; Zambrano, Davide; Raglianti, Marco; Passetti, Giovanni; Laschi, Cecilia; Indiveri, Giacomo

    2014-10-01

    The vestibular system plays a crucial role in the sense of balance and spatial orientation in mammals. It is a sensory system that detects both rotational and translational motion of the head, via its semicircular canals and otoliths respectively. In this work, we propose a real-time hardware model of an artificial vestibular system, implemented using a custom neuromorphic Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) multi-neuron chip interfaced to a commercial Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). The artificial vestibular system is realized with spiking neurons that reproduce the responses of biological hair cells present in the real semicircular canals and otholitic organs. We demonstrate the real-time performance of the hybrid analog-digital system and characterize its response properties, presenting measurements of a successful encoding of angular velocities as well as linear accelerations. As an application, we realized a novel implementation of a recurrent integrator network capable of keeping track of the current angular position. The experimental results provided validate the hardware implementation via comparisons with a detailed computational neuroscience model. In addition to being an ideal tool for developing bio-inspired robotic technologies, this work provides a basis for developing a complete low-power neuromorphic vestibular system which integrates the hardware model of the neural signal processing pathway described with custom bio-mimetic gyroscopic sensors, exploiting neuromorphic principles in both mechanical and electronic aspects. PMID:25314706

  6. [Vestibular migraine].

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    Hansen, Lars Juul; Kirchmann, Malene; Friis, Morten

    2015-12-14

    Dizziness caused by migraine, vestibular migraine (VM), has been highly debated over the last three decades. The co-morbidity of migraine and dizziness is higher than a random concurrence. One third of the patients with migraine and dizziness have VM. Recently, The International Headache Society approved VM as a diagnostic entity and the diagnostic criteria for VM appear in the appendix for The International Classification of Headache Disorders. VM is common but often underdiagnosed. Treatment follows migraine management guidelines although evidence is sparse. PMID:26692036

  7. Sensory processing in the vestibular nuclei during active head movements

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    Gdowski, G. T.; Boyle, R.; McCrea, R. A.; Peterson, B. W. (Principal Investigator)

    2000-01-01

    Many secondary vestibular neurons are sensitive to head on trunk rotation during reflex-induced and voluntary head movements. During passive whole body rotation the interaction of head on trunk signals related to the vestibulo-collic reflex with vestibular signals increases the rotational gain of many secondary vestibular neurons, including many that project to the spinal cord. In some units, the sensitivity to head on trunk and vestibular input is matched and the resulting interaction produces an output that is related to the trunk velocity in space. In other units the head on trunk inputs are stronger and the resulting interaction produces an output that is larger during the reflex. During voluntary head movements, inputs related to head on trunk movement combine destructively with vestibular signals, and often cancel the sensory reafferent consequences of self-generated movements. Cancellation of sensory vestibular signals was observed in all of the antidromically identified secondary vestibulospinal units, even though many of these units were not significantly affected by reflexive head on trunk movements. The results imply that the inputs to vestibular neurons related to head on trunk rotation during reflexive and voluntary movements arise from different sources. We suggest that the relative strength of reflexive head on trunk input to different vestibular neurons might reflect the different functional roles they have in controlling the posture of the neck and body.

  8. Procedures for restoring vestibular disorders

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    Walther, Leif Erik

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper will discuss therapeutic possibilities for disorders of the vestibular organs and the neurons involved, which confront ENT clinicians in everyday practice. Treatment of such disorders can be tackled either symptomatically or causally. The possible strategies for restoring the body's vestibular sense, visual function and co-ordination include medication, as well as physical and surgical procedures. Prophylactic or preventive measures are possible in some disorders which involve vertigo (bilateral vestibulopathy, kinetosis, height vertigo, vestibular disorders when diving (Tables 1 and 2. Glucocorticoid and training therapy encourage the compensation of unilateral vestibular loss. In the case of a bilateral vestibular loss, it is important to treat the underlying disease (e.g. Cogan's disease. Although balance training does improve the patient's sense of balance, it will not restore it completely.In the case of Meniere's disease, there are a number of medications available to either treat bouts or to act as a prophylactic (e.g. dimenhydrinate or betahistine. In addition, there are non-ablative (sacculotomy as well as ablative surgical procedures (e.g. labyrinthectomy, neurectomy of the vestibular nerve. In everyday practice, it has become common to proceed with low risk therapies initially. The physical treatment of mild postural vertigo can be carried out quickly and easily in outpatients (repositioning or liberatory maneuvers. In very rare cases it may be necessary to carry out a semicircular canal occlusion. Isolated disturbances of the otolith function or an involvement of the otolith can be found in roughly 50% of labyrinth disturbances. A specific surgical procedure to selectively block the otolith organs is currently being studied. When an external perilymph fistula involving loss of perilymph is suspected, an exploratory tympanotomy involving also the round and oval window niches must be carried out. A traumatic rupture of the round window membrane can, for example, also be caused by an implosive inner ear barotrauma during the decompression phase of diving. Dehiscence of the anterior semicircular canal, a relatively rare disorder, can be treated conservatively (avoiding stimuli which cause dizziness, by non-ablative „resurfacing" or by „plugging" the semicircular canal. A perilymph fistula can cause a Tullio-phenomenon resulting from a traumatic dislocation or hypermobility of the stapes, which can be surgically corrected. Vestibular disorders can also result from otosurgical therapy. When balance disorders persist following stapedectomy it is necessary to carry out a revision operation in order to either exclude a perilymph fistula or shorten the piston. Surgically reducing the size of open mastoid cavities (using for example porous hydroxylapatite or cartilage can result in a reduction of vertiginous symptoms while nursing or during exposure to ambient air. Vestibular disturbances can occur both before and after vestibular nerve surgery (acoustic neuroma. Initially, good vestibular compensation can be expected after surgically removing the acoustic neuroma. An aberrant regeneration of nerve fibers of the vestibulocochlear nerve has been suggested as a cause for secondary worsening. Episodes of vertigo can be caused by an irritation of the vestibular nerve (vascular loop. Neurovascular decompression is generally regarded as the best surgical therapy. In the elderly, vestibular disturbances can severely limit quality of life and are often aggravated by multiple comorbidities. Antivertiginous drugs (e.g. dimenhydrinate in combination with movement training can significantly reduce symptoms. Administering antivertiginous drugs over varying periods of time (e.g. transdermal scopolamine application via patches as well as kinetosis training can be used as both prophylactically and as a therapy for kinetosis. Exposure training should be used as a prophylactic for height vertigo.

  9. Types of Vestibular Disorders

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    ... Canal Dehiscence (SCD) Tinnitus Vestibular Hyperacusis Vision & Hearing Psychology Diet Other Topics Military Resources Infographics & Presentations Paid ... function (vestibular areflexia -- the VA). This combination causes major disturbances to balance as each of these systems ...

  10. Aging and the human vestibular nuclei: morphometric analysis.

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    Alvarez, J C; Díaz, C; Suárez, C; Fernández, J A; González del Rey, C; Navarro, A; Tolivia, J

    2000-04-14

    The data concerning the effects of age on the brainstem are scarce and few works are devoted to the human vestibular nuclear complex. The study of the effects of aging in the vestibular nuclei could have clinical interest due to the high prevalence of balance control and gait problems in the elderly. We have used in this work eight human brainstems of different ages sectioned and stained by the formaldehyde-thionin technique. The neuron's profiles were drawn with a camera lucida and Abercrombie's method was used to estimate the total number of neurons. The test of Kolmogorov-Smirnov with the correction of Lilliefors was used to evaluate the fit of our data to a normal distribution and a regression analysis was done to determine if the variation of our data with age was statistically significant. Aging does not affect the volume or length of the vestibular nuclear complex. Our results clearly show that neuronal loss occurs with aging in the descending (DVN), medial (MVN), and lateral (LVN) vestibular nuclei, but not in the superior (SVN). There are changes in the proportions of neurons of different sizes but they are not statistically significant. The neuronal loss could be related with the problems that elderly people have to compensate unilateral vestibular lesions and the alterations of the vestibulospinal reflexes. The preservation of SVN neurons can explain why vestibulo-ocular reflexes are compensated after unilateral vestibular injuries. PMID:10802120

  11. Vestibular migraine : Diagnostic criteria

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    Lempert, Thomas; Olesen, Jes

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents diagnostic criteria for vestibular migraine, jointly formulated by the Committee for Classification of Vestibular Disorders of the Bárány Society and the Migraine Classification Subcommittee of the International Headache Society (IHS). The classification includes vestibular migraine and probable vestibular migraine. Vestibular migraine will appear in an appendix of the third edition of the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD) as a first step for new entities, in accordance with the usual IHS procedures. Probable vestibular migraine may be included in a later version of the ICHD, when further evidence has been accumulated. The diagnosis of vestibular migraine is based on recurrent vestibular symptoms, a history of migraine, a temporal association between vestibular symptoms and migraine symptoms and exclusion of other causes of vestibular symptoms. Symptoms that qualify for a diagnosis of vestibular migraine include various types of vertigo as well as head motion-induced dizziness with nausea. Symptoms must be of moderate or severe intensity. Duration of acute episodes is limited to a window of between 5 minutes and 72 hours.

  12. Interaction between Vestibular Compensation Mechanisms and Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy: 10 Recommendations for Optimal Functional Recovery

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    Lacour, Michel; Bernard-Demanze, Laurence

    2015-01-01

    This review questions the relationships between the plastic events responsible for the recovery of vestibular function after a unilateral vestibular loss (vestibular compensation), which has been well described in animal models in the last decades, and the vestibular rehabilitation (VR) therapy elaborated on a more empirical basis for vestibular loss patients. The main objective is not to propose a catalog of results but to provide clinicians with an understandable view on when and how to perform VR therapy, and why VR may benefit from basic knowledge and may influence the recovery process. With this perspective, 10 major recommendations are proposed as ways to identify an optimal functional recovery. Among them are the crucial role of active and early VR therapy, coincidental with a post-lesion sensitive period for neuronal network remodeling, the instructive role that VR therapy may play in this functional reorganization, the need for progression in the VR therapy protocol, which is based mainly on adaptation processes, the necessity to take into account the sensorimotor, cognitive, and emotional profile of the patient to propose individual or “à la carte” VR therapies, and the importance of motivational and ecologic contexts. More than 10 general principles are very likely, but these principles seem crucial for the fast recovery of vestibular loss patients to ensure good quality of life. PMID:25610424

  13. Connections between the cerebellar nucleus interpositus and the vestibular nuclei: an anatomical study in the rat.

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    Compoint, C; Buisseret-Delmas, C; Diagne, M; Buissseret, P; Angaut, P

    1997-12-01

    Interposito-vestibular connections were analysed, using the anterograde and retrograde tracer biotinylated dextran amine. The interposito-vestibular projections mainly arise from medial portions of the cerebellar nuclei interpositi anterior (NIA) and posterior (NIP), and reach each of the main vestibular nuclei, ipsilaterally. The highest density of projections is found throughout nucleus vestibularis lateralis. Fibres also reach the peripheral part of nucleus superior, the caudal part of nucleus inferior, and the lateral part of nucleus medialis. Some fibres also reach groups I, x and f. Contralaterally, few fibres reach zones of the vestibular nuclei symmetric to the ipsilateral projection. A small, reciprocal, vestibulo-interposed projection is sent from the vestibular nuclei onto NIA-NIP. Possible influences of the interposito-vestibular projections upon the major targets of the vestibular nuclei, spinal motoneurones and oculomotor neurones, are discussed. PMID:9464627

  14. Specific vestibular exercises in the treatment of vestibular neuritis

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    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Vestibular neuritis rapidly damages unilateral vestibular periphery, inducing severe balance disorders. In most cases, such vestibular imbalance is gradually restored to within the normal level after clinical therapies. This successive clinical recovery occurs due to regeneration of vestibular periphery and/or accomplishment of central vestibular compensation. Rehabilitation The program of vestibular rehabilitation presents a major achievement in the field of treatment of balance disorders. Vestibular compensation is associated with central sensory reintegration and bilaterally equalizes the vestibular tonus over a period of time. Material and methods In this retrospective study of a series of cases authors present their results in 58 patients undergoing a program of vestibular rehabilitation. Patients were divided into two groups. Thirty patients were in group I, and 28 in group II. Specific vestibular exercises were conducted in group I, and non-specific exercises in group II. Analysis of effects of vestibular compensation was made due electronystagmography. Results Results were satisfactory in both groups of patients. Absence of spontaneous nystagmus was detected in 83.3% of patients in group I (specific vestibular exercises and in 53.5% of patients in group II (non-specific exercises, with an average treatment time of up to 2 months. Harmonization of pendular stimulation was detected in 83.3% and 60.7% of patients in groups I and II, respectively. Conclusion Early physiotherapeutic vestibular rehabilitation supports the vestibular compensation mechanism. At the same time vestibular rehabilitation may prevent panic disorder caused by hyperventilation syndrome.

  15. Deregulated genes in sporadic vestibular schwannomas

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    Cayé-Thomasen, Per; Helweg-Larsen, Rehannah Holga Andrea; Stangerup, Sven-Eric; Thomsen, Jens Christian; Nielsen, Finn Cilius

    2010-01-01

    In search of genes associated with vestibular schwannoma tumorigenesis, this study examines the gene expression in human vestibular nerve versus vestibular schwannoma tissue samples using microarray technology.

  16. Distinct vestibular effects on early and late somatosensory cortical processing in humans.

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    Pfeiffer, Christian; van Elk, Michiel; Bernasconi, Fosco; Blanke, Olaf

    2016-01-15

    In non-human primates several brain areas contain neurons that respond to both vestibular and somatosensory stimulation. In humans, vestibular stimulation activates several somatosensory brain regions and improves tactile perception. However, less is known about the spatio-temporal dynamics of such vestibular-somatosensory interactions in the human brain. To address this issue, we recorded high-density electroencephalography during left median nerve electrical stimulation to obtain Somatosensory Evoked Potentials (SEPs). We analyzed SEPs during vestibular activation following sudden decelerations from constant-velocity (90°/s and 60°/s) earth-vertical axis yaw rotations and SEPs during a non-vestibular control period. SEP analysis revealed two distinct temporal effects of vestibular activation: An early effect (28-32ms post-stimulus) characterized by vestibular suppression of SEP response strength that depended on rotation velocity and a later effect (97-112ms post-stimulus) characterized by vestibular modulation of SEP topographical pattern that was rotation velocity-independent. Source estimation localized these vestibular effects, during both time periods, to activation differences in a distributed cortical network including the right postcentral gyrus, right insula, left precuneus, and bilateral secondary somatosensory cortex. These results suggest that vestibular-somatosensory interactions in humans depend on processing in specific time periods in somatosensory and vestibular cortical regions. PMID:26466979

  17. Vestibular Schwannoma (Acoustic Neuroma) and Neurofibromatosis

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    ... Vestibular Schwannoma (Acoustic Neuroma) and Neurofibromatosis Vestibular Schwannoma (Acoustic Neuroma) and Neurofibromatosis On this page: What is ... get additional information? What is a vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma)? A vestibular schwannoma (also known as acoustic ...

  18. Pediatric Vestibular Disorders

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    ... Canal Dehiscence (SCD) Tinnitus Vestibular Hyperacusis Vision & Hearing Psychology Diet Other Topics Military Resources Infographics & Presentations Paid ... disease or injury in childhood can have a major impact on a child’s development. Despite advances in ...

  19. Auditory and vestibular efferents

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    2010-01-01

    This book focuses on auditory and vestibular efferents, topics linked together by the inner ear connection. Top researchers in the field review the history of the subject and summarize what is known and what still needs to be done.

  20. Labyrinthitis and Vestibular Neuritis

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  1. Vulvar vestibular papillomatosis

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    Wollina U

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Vulvar vestibular papillomatosis is considered an anatomical variant of the vulva. Recognition of this condition enables one to distinguish it from warts and therefore avoid unnecessary therapy. A 29-year-old lady presented to this clinic with a history of ?small growths? in her vulva since two years. Examination identified skin colored translucent papules; some of them appeared digitate and were seen on the vestibule and inner aspect of both labia minora. They were soft to feel and non-tender. Few lesions looked like elongated pearly penile papules. A provisional diagnosis of vestibular papillomatosis was made and a biopsy was done. It showed finger-like protrusions of loosely arranged subdermal tissue with blood vessels and which were covered by normal mucosal epithelium. No koilocytes were seen and the diagnosis of vestibular papillomatosis was confirmed. We believe that this is the first case report of vulvar vestibular papillomatosis in Indian dermatologic literature.

  2. Vestibular function testing.

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    Lang, E E

    2010-06-01

    Vestibular symptoms of vertigo, dizziness and dysequilibrium are common complaints which can be disabling both physically and psychologically. Routine examination of the ear nose and throat and neurological system are often normal in these patients. An accurate history and thorough clinical examination can provide a diagnosis in the majority of patients. However, in a subgroup of patients, vestibular function testing may be invaluable in arriving at a correct diagnosis and ultimately in the optimal treatment of these patients.

  3. Central Vestibular Dysfunction in an Otorhinolaryngological Vestibular Unit: Incidence and Diagnostic Strategy

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    Badr E., Mostafa; Ayman O. El, Kahky; Hisham M. Abdel, Kader; Michael, Rizk.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Vertigo can be due to a variety of central and peripheral causes. The relative incidence of central causes is underestimated. This may have an important impact of the patients' management and prognosis. Objective The objective of this work is to determine the incidence of central ves [...] tibular disorders in patients presenting to a vestibular unit in a tertiary referral academic center. It also aims at determining the best strategy to increase the diagnostic yield of the patients' visit. Methods This is a prospective observational study on 100 consecutive patients with symptoms suggestive of vestibular dysfunction. All patients completed a structured questionnaire and received bedside and vestibular examination and neuroimaging as required. Results There were 69 women and 31 men. Their ages ranged between 28 and 73 (mean 42.48 years). Provisional videonystagmography (VNG) results were: 40% benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), 23% suspicious of central causes, 18% undiagnosed, 15% Meniere disease, and 4% vestibular neuronitis. Patients with an unclear diagnosis or central features (41) had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and Doppler studies. Combining data from history, VNG, and imaging studies, 23 patients (23%) were diagnosed as having a central vestibular lesion (10 with generalized ischemia/vertebra basilar insufficiency, 4 with multiple sclerosis, 4 with migraine vestibulopathy, 4 with phobic postural vertigo, and 1 with hyperventilation-induced nystagmus). Conclusions Combining a careful history with clinical examination, VNG, MRI, and Doppler studies decreases the number of undiagnosed cases and increases the detection of possible central lesions.

  4. Vestibular tributaries to the vein of the vestibular aqueduct

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    Hansen, Jesper Marsner; Qvortrup, Klaus; Friis, Morten

    2010-01-01

    close relation to the VDCs in the utricle and the crista ampullaris of the lateral semicircular canal in the vestibular apparatus. One major vein emanated from these networks, which emptied into the vein of the vestibular aqueduct. Veins draining the saccule and the common crus of the superior and...... posterior semicircular canals were likewise observed to merge with the vein of the vestibular aqueduct....

  5. Vestibular modulation of spatial perception

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    ElisaRaffaellaFerre; MatthewLongo; FedericoFiori

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    Vestibular inputs make a key contribution to the sense of one’s own spatial location. While the effects of vestibular stimulation on visuo-spatial processing in neurological patients have been extensively described, the normal contribution of vestibular inputs to spatial perception remains unclear. To address this issue, we used a line bisection task to investigate the effects of galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) on spatial perception, and on the transition between near and far space. ...

  6. Vestibular modulation of spatial perception

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    Ferrè, Elisa R.; Longo, Matthew R.; Fiori, Federico; Haggard, Patrick

    2013-01-01

    Vestibular inputs make a key contribution to the sense of one’s own spatial location. While the effects of vestibular stimulation on visuo-spatial processing in neurological patients have been extensively described, the normal contribution of vestibular inputs to spatial perception remains unclear. To address this issue, we used a line bisection task to investigate the effects of galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) on spatial perception, and on the transition between near and far space. Bri...

  7. Optimal duration of therapy in the recovery period of vestibular diseases

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    M. V. Zamergrad

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Dizziness is a common symptom in neurological and general medical practice. In most cases it is caused by diseases of the central or peripheral vestibular system. The most common vestibular system diseases include benign paroxysmal postural vertigo, dizziness, Meniere's disease, vestibular neuronitis, and cerebrovascular diseases. One of the main treatments for the diseases accompanied by dizziness is vestibular rehabilitation that is a complex of exercises, the goal of which is to stimulate vestibular compensation. Adequate vestibular compensation allows a patient to get rid of dizziness and unsteadiness even though vestibular system injury is irreversible. Some medications are able to enhance the efficiency of vestibular rehabilitation. At the same time, the optimal duration of treatment for the most common vestibular disorders has not beenadequately explored. The paper gives the results of an observational program, whose purpose was to determine the optimal duration of vestibular rehabilitation in combination with the use of tanakan in patients with non-progressive unilateral peripheral vestibular disorder.Patients and methods. Data on 46 patients aged 19 to 70 years who underwent vestibular rehabilitation and took tanakan for vertigo caused by vestibular neuronitis (n = 44, labyrinthitis (n =1, or Ramsay Hunt syndrome (n = 1 were analyzed. All the patients were examined four times. The symptoms were recorded and the histories of disease were considered. The degree of vestibular disorders, including vertigo, was assessed when collecting complaints. The symptoms of vertigo were objectivized using its vertigo rating scale and five-point subjective rating scale for vertigo. All the patients underwent standard somatic and neurological examinations and videonystagmography. During the first visit after diagnosis, vestibular exercises were chosen for the patients and tanakan was used in a dose of 40 mg thrice daily to accelerate vestibularcompensation. During visits 2, 3, and 4, the symptoms of the disease were recorded in the patients and the time course of treatment-induced changes in their status was estimated.Results. The optimal duration of treatment was established to be at least 2 months. Vestibular exercises in combination with the intake of tanakan resulted in a reduction in the symptoms of vestibular dysfunction and in emotional improvement in the patients.

  8. Vestibular Deficits Following Concussion

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Investigators from the Division of Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine, and Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA, and Sports Medicine, Somerset, NJ, performed a retrospective cohort study of 247 patients ages 5-18 years with concussion referred from July 2010 to Dec 2011; 81% of patients showed a vestibular abnormality on initial clinical examination.

  9. Spatiotemporal properties of vestibular responses in area MSTd.

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    Fetsch, Christopher R; Rajguru, Suhrud M; Karunaratne, Anuk; Gu, Yong; Angelaki, Dora E; Deangelis, Gregory C

    2010-09-01

    Recent studies have shown that many neurons in the primate dorsal medial superior temporal area (MSTd) show spatial tuning during inertial motion and that these responses are vestibular in origin. Given their well-studied role in processing visual self-motion cues (i.e., optic flow), these neurons may be involved in the integration of visual and vestibular signals to facilitate robust perception of self-motion. However, the temporal structure of vestibular responses in MSTd has not been characterized in detail. Specifically, it is not known whether MSTd neurons encode velocity, acceleration, or some combination of motion parameters not explicitly encoded by vestibular afferents. In this study, we have applied a frequency-domain analysis to single-unit responses during translation in three dimensions (3D). The analysis quantifies the stimulus-driven temporal modulation of each response as well as the degree to which this modulation reflects the velocity and/or acceleration profile of the stimulus. We show that MSTd neurons signal a combination of velocity and acceleration components with the velocity component being stronger for most neurons. These two components can exist both within and across motion directions, although their spatial tuning did not show a systematic relationship across the population. From these results, vestibular responses in MSTd appear to show characteristic features of spatiotemporal convergence, similar to previous findings in the brain stem and thalamus. The predominance of velocity encoding in this region may reflect the suitability of these signals to be integrated with visual signals regarding self-motion perception. PMID:20631212

  10. Audiologic diagnostics of vestibular schwannoma

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    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma is a rare, but important cause of sensorineural hearing loss. Patients with asymmetric hearing loss, or unilateral tinnitus should be evaluated expeditiously, to prevent further neurological damage. Audiologic diagnostics Audiologic diagnostics represents the basic diagnosis for early detection of vestibular schwannoma. Patients with vestibular schwannomas may present with a variety of clinical features, including retrocochlear pattern of sensorineural hearing loss. Supraliminary audiometry, tympano- metry, stapedius reflex and otoacoustic emissions as well as vestibular response to caloric testing are methods for selection of patients with suspicion of this tumor. Conclusion The golden standard for audiologic diagnostics of vestibular schwannoma is BAEP (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potentials. Patients with pathological findings of BAEP should undergo MRI of the posterior fossa. Gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging is the best and final tool for making a diagnosis of vestibular schwannoma.

  11. Atypical Manifestation of Vestibular Schwannoma

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    Webster, Guilherme; Filho, Rui Carlos Ortega; de Oliveira e Sousa, Antonini; Salmito, Márcio Cavalcante; Favero, Mariana Lopes; Marques, Patrícia Maria Sens

    2013-01-01

    Introduction?Vestibular schwannoma (also known as acoustic neuroma) is a benign tumor whose cells are derived from Schwann sheaths, which commonly occurs from the vestibular portion of the eighth cranial nerve. Furthermore, vestibular schwannomas account for ?8% of intracranial tumors in adults and 80 to 90% of tumors of the cerebellopontine angle. Its symptoms are varied, but what stands out most is a unilateral sensorineural hearing loss, with a low index of speech recognition.

  12. Perspectival Structure and Vestibular Processing

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    Alsmith, Adrian John Tetteh

    2015-01-01

    I begin by contrasting a taxonomic approach to the vestibular system with the structural approach I take in the bulk of this commentary. I provide an analysis of perspectival structure. Employing that analysis and following the structural approach, I propose three lines of empirical investigation to selectively manipulate and measure vestibular processing and perspectival structure. The hope is that this serves to indicate how interdisciplinary research on vestibular processing might advance our...

  13. Stereotactic radiotherapy for vestibular schwannoma

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    Muzevic, Dario; Legcevic, Jelena; Splavski, Bruno; Cayé-Thomasen, Per

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    BACKGROUND: Vestibular schwannomas (acoustic neuromas) are common benign tumours that arise from the Schwann cells of the vestibular nerve. Management options include observation with neuroradiological follow-up, microsurgical resection and stereotactic radiotherapy. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effect of stereotactic radiotherapy compared to observation, microsurgical resection, any other treatment modality, or a combination of two or more of the above approaches for vestibular schwannoma. SEARCH ...

  14. Correlation of Fos expression and circling asymmetry during gerbil vestibular compensation

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    Kaufman, G. D.; Shinder, M. E.; Perachio, A. A.

    1999-01-01

    Vestibular compensation is a central nervous system process resulting in recovery of functional movement and control following a unilateral vestibular lesion. Small pressure injections of phosphorothioate 20mer oligonucleotides were used to probe the role of the Fos transcription protein during vestibular compensation in the gerbil brainstem. During isoflurane gas anesthesia, antisense probes against the c-fos mRNA sequence were injected into the medial vestibular and prepositus nuclei unilaterally prior to a unilateral surgical labyrinthectomy. Anionic dyes, which did not interact with the oligonucleotides, were used to mark the injection site and help determine the extent of diffusion. The antiFos oligonucleotide injections reduced Fos expression at the injection site in neurons which normally express Fos after the lesion, and also affected circling behavior induced by hemilabyrinthectomy. With both ipsilateral and contralateral medial vestibular and prepositus nuclei injections, less ipsilateral and more contralateral circling was noted in animals injected with antiFos injections as compared to non-injected controls. The degree of change in these behaviors was dependent upon the side of the injection. Histologically, antiFos injections reduced the number of Fos immunolabeled neurons around the injection site, and increased Fos expression contralaterally. The correlation of the number of neurons with Fos expression to turning behavior was stronger for contralateral versus ipsilateral turns, and for neurons in the caudal and ipsilateral sub-regions of the medial vestibular and prepositus nuclei. The results are discussed in terms of neuronal firing activity versus translational activity based on the asymmetrical expression of the Fos inducible transcription factor in the medial vestibular and prepositus nuclei. Although ubiquitous in the brain, transcription factors like Fos can serve localized and specific roles in sensory-specific adaptive stimuli. Antisense injections can be an effective procedure for localized intervention into complex physiological functions, e.g. vestibular compensation. Copyright 1999 Elsevier Science B.V.

  15. Spatial Cognition, Body Representation and Affective Processes: The Role of Vestibular Information beyond Ocular Reflexes and Control of Posture

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available A growing number of studies in humans demonstrate the involvement of vestibular information in tasks that are seemingly remote from well-known functions such as space constancy or postural control. In this review article we point out three emerging streams of research highlighting the importance of vestibular input: 1 Spatial Cognition: Modulation of vestibular signals can induce specific changes in spatial cognitive tasks like mental imagery and the processing of numbers. This has been shown in studies manipulating body orientation (changing the input from the otoliths, body rotation (changing the input from the semicircular canals, in clinical findings with vestibular patients, and in studies carried out in microgravity. There is also an effect in the reverse direction; top-down processes can affect perception of vestibular stimuli. 2 Body Representation: Numerous studies demonstrate that vestibular stimulation changes the representation of body parts, and sensitivity to tactile input or pain. Thus, the vestibular system plays an integral role in multisensory coordination of body representation. 3 Affective Processes and Disorders: Studies in psychiatric patients and patients with a vestibular disorder report a high comorbidity of vestibular dysfunctions and psychiatric symptoms. Recent studies investigated the beneficial effect of vestibular stimulation on psychiatric disorders, and how vestibular input can change mood and affect. These three emerging streams of research in vestibular science are – at least in part – associated with different neuronal core mechanisms. Spatial transformations draw on parietal areas, body representation is associated with somatosensory areas, and affective processes involve insular and cingulate cortices, all of which receive vestibular input. Even though a wide range of different vestibular cortical projection areas has been ascertained, their functionality still is scarcely understood.

  16. Angiogenesis in vestibular schwannomas

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    Møller, Martin Nue; Werther, Kim; Nalla, Amarnadh; Stangerup, Sven-Eric; Thomsen, Jens; Bøg-Hansen, Thorkild C; Nielsen, Hans Jørgen; Cayé-Thomasen, Per

    2010-01-01

    Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are potent mediators of tumor angiogenesis. It has been demonstrated that vestibular schwannoma VEGF expression correlates with tumor growth pattern, whereas knowledge on the expression of MMPs is lacking. This study targets the angiogenic process by investigation of tumor expression of MMP-2, MMP-9, and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinase (TIMP)-1. A possible correlation with gender, patient age, symptom duration,...

  17. Aging in the vestibular nuclear complex of the male golden hamster (Mesocricetus auratus): anatomic and morphometric study.

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    Fernández, J A; Suárez, C; Navarro, A; Díaz, C; Alvarez, J C; González del Rey, C; Tolivia, J

    2007-08-01

    To study the effects of senescence on the vestibular nuclear complex twenty brainstems from male golden hamsters between 3 and 27 months-old were used and the possible variations in the number of neurons, neuronal morphology and nuclear volume were studied. The neuron profiles were drawn with a camera lucida and Abercrombie's method was used to estimate the total number of neurons. The test of Kolmogorov-Smirnov with the correction of Lilliefors was used to evaluate the fit of our data to a normal distribution and a regression analysis was done to decide if the variation of our data with age was statistically significant. The results of the present study are relevant only for male animals and the effect of senescence could be different in female vestibular nuclear complex. Aging affects the volume of the superior and lateral vestibular nuclei, as well as the nuclear neuronal diameter of the medial vestibular nucleus, but no significant neuronal loss has been appreciated in vestibular nuclear complex related with age. During the aging process we have observed that the distribution of neurons within the vestibular nuclei of the golden hamster does not show important changes and most of their morphometric parameters do not vary significantly. PMID:17503342

  18. Incomplete segregation of endorgan-specific vestibular ganglion cells in mice and rats

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    Maklad, A.; Fritzsch, B.

    1999-01-01

    The endorgan-specific distribution of vestibular ganglion cells was studied in neonatal and postnatal rats and mice using indocarbocyanine dye (DiI) and dextran amines for retrograde and anterograde labeling. Retrograde DiI tracing from the anterior vertical canal labeled neurons scattered throughout the whole superior vestibular ganglion, with denser labeling at the dorsal and central regions. Horizontal canal neurons were scattered along the dorsoventral axis with more clustering toward the dorsal and ventral poles of this axis. Utricular ganglion cells occupied predominantly the central region of the superior vestibular ganglion. This utricular population overlapped with both the anterior vertical and horizontal canals' ganglion cells. Posterior vertical canal neurons were clustered in the posterior part of the inferior vestibular ganglion. The saccular neurons were distributed in the two parts of the vestibular ganglion, the superior and inferior ganglia. Within the inferior ganglion, the saccular neurons were clustered in the anterior part. In the superior ganglion, the saccular neurons were widely scattered throughout the whole ganglion with more numerous neurons at the posterior half. Small and large neurons were labeled from all endorgans. Examination of the fiber trajectory within the superior division of the vestibular nerve showed no clear lamination of the fibers innervating the different endorgans. These results demonstrate an overlapping pattern between the different populations within the superior ganglion, while in the inferior ganglion, the posterior canal and saccular neurons show tighter clustering but incomplete segregation. This distribution implies that the ganglion cells are assigned for their target during development in a stochastic rather than topographical fashion.

  19. Vestibular pathways involved in cognition

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    Martin Hitier

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Recent discoveries have emphasized the role of the vestibular system in cognitive processes such as memory, spatial navigation and bodily self-consciousness. A precise understanding of the vestibular pathways involved is essential to understand the consequences of vestibular diseases for cognition, as well as develop therapeutic strategies to facilitate recovery. The knowledge of the “vestibular cortical projections areas”, defined as the cortical areas activated by vestibular stimulation, has dramatically increased over the last several years from both anatomical and functional points of view. Four major pathways have been hypothesized to transmit vestibular information to the vestibular cortex: 1 the vestibulo-thalamo-cortical pathway, which probably transmits spatial information about the environment via the parietal, entorhinal and perirhinal cortices to the hippocampus and is associated with spatial representation and self-versus object motion distinctions; 2 the pathway from the dorsal tegmental nucleus via the lateral mammillary nucleus, the anterodorsal nucleus of the thalamus to the entorhinal cortex, which transmits information for estimations of the head direction; 3 the pathway via the nucleus reticularis pontis oralis, the supramammillary nucleus and the medial septum to the hippocampus, which transmits information supporting hippocampal theta rhythm and memory; and 4 a possible pathway via the cerebellum, and the ventral lateral nucleus of the thalamus (perhaps to the parietal cortex, which transmits information for spatial learning. Finally a new pathway is hypothesized via the basal ganglia, potentially involved in spatial learning and spatial memory. From these pathways, progressively emerges the anatomical network of vestibular cognition.

  20. Vestibular function and quality of life in vestibular schwannoma: does size matter?

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    JudithWagner; BerndtWowra; RolandGoldbrunner; ChristianCnyrim; Jörg-ChristianTonn

    2011-01-01

    Objectives. Patients with vestibular schwannoma (VS) frequently suffer from disabling vestibular symptoms. This prospective follow-up study evaluates vestibular and auditory function and impairment of quality of life due to vertigo, dizziness and imbalance in patients with unilateral vestibular schwannoma of different sizes before/ after microsurgical or radiosurgical treatment. Methods. 38 patients with unilateral vestibular schwannoma were included. 22 received microsurgery, 16 cyberkni...

  1. Hypervascular vestibular Schwannoma: A case report

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    Most vestibular schwannoma is hypovascular with well known poor tumor staining in cerebral angiography. However, hypervascular vestibular schwannoma might be observed as a rare subtype with increased risk of bleeding during surgery. Multimodal imaging features which represent hypervascularity of the tumor can be observed in hypervascular vestibular schwannoma. Here we report a case of hypervascular vestibular schwannoma with brief literature review.

  2. Hypervascular vestibular Schwannoma: A case report

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    Kim, Ja Young; Yu, In Kyu [Dept. of Radiology, Eulji University Hospital, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-11-15

    Most vestibular schwannoma is hypovascular with well known poor tumor staining in cerebral angiography. However, hypervascular vestibular schwannoma might be observed as a rare subtype with increased risk of bleeding during surgery. Multimodal imaging features which represent hypervascularity of the tumor can be observed in hypervascular vestibular schwannoma. Here we report a case of hypervascular vestibular schwannoma with brief literature review.

  3. Surgery of vestibular schwannomas

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    Madjid Samii

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Vestibular schwannomas (VS are the most common tumors of the cerebellopontine angle (CPA. Their surgical management has reached high standards in the last decade. Treatment options for VS are microsurgical removal or Radiosurgery. The following three basic operative approaches are currently utilized: Retrosigmoid approach (RSA, translabyrinthine and middle fossa approach. The following article elaborates the operative technique by the senior author based on his vast experience of VS surgery formed over the last three decades; during which period he has operated more than 3500 of such patients.

  4. Input/output properties of the lateral vestibular nucleus

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    Boyle, R.; Bush, G.; Ehsanian, R.

    2004-01-01

    This article is a review of work in three species, squirrel monkey, cat, and rat studying the inputs and outputs from the lateral vestibular nucleus (LVN). Different electrophysiological shock paradigms were used to determine the synaptic inputs derived from thick to thin diameter vestibular nerve afferents. Angular and linear mechanical stimulations were used to activate and study the combined and individual contribution of inner ear organs and neck afferents. The spatio-temporal properties of LVN neurons in the decerebrated rat were studied in response to dynamic acceleration inputs using sinusoidal linear translation in the horizontal head plane. Outputs were evaluated using antidromic identification techniques and identified LVN neurons were intracellularly injected with biocytin and their morphology studied.

  5. Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome (EVAS)

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    ... Canal Dehiscence (SCD) Tinnitus Vestibular Hyperacusis Vision & Hearing Psychology Diet Other Topics Military Resources Infographics & Presentations Paid ... adulthood. Generally, this occurs after a minor or major head impact, upper respiratory infection, or air pressure ...

  6. Atypical Manifestation of Vestibular Schwannoma

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    Guilherme, Webster; Rui Carlos, Ortega Filho; Antonini de Oliveira e, Sousa; Marcio Cavalcante, Salmito; Mariana Lopes, Favero; Patricia Maria Sens, Marques.

    Full Text Available Introduction ?Vestibular schwannoma (also known as acoustic neuroma) is a benign tumor whose cells are derived from Schwann sheaths, which commonly occurs from the vestibular portion of the eighth cranial nerve. Furthermore, vestibular schwannomas account for ?8% of intracranial tumors in adults an [...] d 80 to 90% of tumors of the cerebellopontine angle. Its symptoms are varied, but what stands out most is a unilateral sensorineural hearing loss, with a low index of speech recognition. Objective ?Describe an atypical manifestation of vestibular schwannoma. Case Report ?The 46-year-old woman had vertigo and binaural hearing loss and fullness, with ear, nose, and throat examination suggestive of cochlear injury. After 6 months, the patient developed worsening of symptoms and onset of right unilateral tinnitus. In further exams the signs of cochlear damage remained, except for the vestibular test (hyporeflexia). Magnetic resonance imaging showed an expansive lesion in the right cerebellopontine angle. Discussion ?This report warns about the atypical manifestations of vestibular schwannoma, which must always be remembered in investigating and diagnosing hearing loss.

  7. Atypical Manifestation of Vestibular Schwannoma

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    Webster, Guilherme

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Vestibular schwannoma (also known as acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor whose cells are derived from Schwann sheaths, which commonly occurs from the vestibular portion of the eighth cranial nerve. Furthermore, vestibular schwannomas account for ?8% of intracranial tumors in adults and 80 to 90% of tumors of the cerebellopontine angle. Its symptoms are varied, but what stands out most is a unilateral sensorineural hearing loss, with a low index of speech recognition. Objective: Describe an atypical manifestation of vestibular schwannoma. Case Report: The 46-year-old woman had vertigo and binaural hearing loss and fullness, with ear, nose, and throat examination suggestive of cochlear injury. After 6 months, the patient developed worsening of symptoms and onset of right unilateral tinnitus. In further exams the signs of cochlear damage remained, except for the vestibular test (hyporeflexia. Magnetic resonance imaging showed an expansive lesion in the right cerebellopontine angle. Discussion: This report warns about the atypical manifestations of vestibular schwannoma, which must always be remembered in investigating and diagnosing hearing loss.

  8. Medial vestibular connections with the hypocretin (orexin) system

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    Horowitz, Seth S.; Blanchard, Jane; Morin, Lawrence P.

    2005-01-01

    The mammalian medial vestibular nucleus (MVe) receives input from all vestibular endorgans and provides extensive projections to the central nervous system. Recent studies have demonstrated projections from the MVe to the circadian rhythm system. In addition, there are known projections from the MVe to regions considered to be involved in sleep and arousal. In this study, afferent and efferent subcortical connectivity of the medial vestibular nucleus of the golden hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) was evaluated using cholera toxin subunit-B (retrograde), Phaseolus vulgaris leucoagglutinin (anterograde), and pseudorabies virus (transneuronal retrograde) tract-tracing techniques. The results demonstrate MVe connections with regions mediating visuomotor and postural control, as previously observed in other mammals. The data also identify extensive projections from the MVe to regions mediating arousal and sleep-related functions, most of which receive immunohistochemically identified projections from the lateral hypothalamic hypocretin (orexin) neurons. These include the locus coeruleus, dorsal and pedunculopontine tegmental nuclei, dorsal raphe, and lateral preoptic area. The MVe itself receives a projection from hypocretin cells. CTB tracing demonstrated reciprocal connections between the MVe and most brain areas receiving MVe efferents. Virus tracing confirmed and extended the MVe afferent connections identified with CTB and additionally demonstrated transneuronal connectivity with the suprachiasmatic nucleus and the medial habenular nucleus. These anatomical data indicate that the vestibular system has access to a broad array of neural functions not typically associated with visuomotor, balance, or equilibrium, and that the MVe is likely to receive information from many of the same regions to which it projects.

  9. A general framework for neurobiological modeling: an application to the vestibular system.

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    Eliasmith, Chris; Westover, M B; Anderson, C H

    2002-06-01

    The otolith organs in the vestibular system are excellent detectors of linear accelerations. However, any measurement of linear acceleration is ambiguous between a tilt in a gravitational field and an inertial acceleration. Angelaki et al. have put forward a general hypothesis about how inertial accelerations can be computed based on vestibular signals (J. Neurosci. 19 (1999) 316). We have constructed a realistic, detailed model of the relevant systems to test this hypothesis. The model produces useful predictions about what kinds of neurons should be found in the vestibular nucleus if such a computation is actually performed in the vestibular system. The model is constructed using general principles of neurobiological simulation (J. Neurophys. 84 (2000) 2113). PMID:12744262

  10. Aging in the vestibular nuclear complex of the male golden hamster (Mesocricetus auratus): anatomic and morphometric study

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    Fernández, J.A.; Suárez, C; Navarro, A.(fotógrafo); Díaz, C.; Alvarez, J C; González del Rey, C.; Tolivia, J. (Jorge)

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    To study the effects of senescence on the vestibular nuclear complex twenty brainstems from male golden hamsters between 3 and 27 months-old were used and the possible variations in the number of neurons, neuronal morphology and nuclear volume were studied. The neuron profiles were drawn with a camera lucida and Abercrombie's method was used to estimate the total number of neurons. The test of Kolmogorov-Smirnov with the correction of Lilliefors was used to evaluate th...

  11. Hearing Improvement in a Growing Vestibular Schwannoma

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    Del Pero, Marcos Martinez; Lloyd, Simon K.W.; Moffat, David A.

    2009-01-01

    Vestibular schwannomas are benign, slow-growing tumors that originate from Schwann cells lining the vestibular nerves, most commonly the superior vestibular nerve. They arise at the neurilemmal/neuroglial junction which is situated within the internal auditory canal. They have an incidence of 1 per 100,000 per year and a prevalence of around 700 per million. A case of a patient undergoing a period of observation for a vestibular schwannoma whose hearing improved despite growth of the tumor is...

  12. Compensation following bilateral vestibular damage

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    BillJYates

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Bilateral loss of vestibular inputs affects far fewer patients than unilateral inner ear damage, and thus has been understudied. In both animal subjects and human patients, bilateral vestibular hypofunction (BVH produces a variety of clinical problems, including impaired balance control, inability to maintain stable blood pressure during postural changes, difficulty in visual targeting of images, and disturbances in spatial memory and navigational performance. Experiments in animals have shown that nonlabyrinthine inputs to the vestibular nuclei are rapidly amplified following the onset of BVH, which may explain the recovery of postural stability and orthostatic tolerance that occurs within 10 days. However, the loss of the vestibulo-ocular reflex and degraded spatial cognition appear to be permanent in animals with BVH. Current concepts of the compensatory mechanisms in humans with BVH are largely inferential, as there is a lack of data from patients early in the disease process. Translation of animal studies of compensation for BVH into therapeutic strategies and subsequent application in the clinic is the most likely route to improve treatment. In addition to physical therapy, two types of prosthetic devices have been proposed to treat individuals with bilateral loss of vestibular inputs: those that provide tactile stimulation to indicate body position in space, and those that deliver electrical stimuli to branches of the vestibular nerve in accordance with head movements. The relative efficacy of these two treatment paradigms, and whether they can be combined to facilitate recovery, is yet to be ascertained.

  13. Melanocortinergic circuits from medial vestibular nuclei to the kidney defined by transneuronal transport of pseudorabies virus.

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    Shang, Dan; Xiong, Jun; Xiang, Hong-Bing; Hao, Yan; Liu, Jiu-Hong

    2015-01-01

    This study was designed to assess whether MC4R signaling existed in vestibular nuclei modulated the activity of kidney by a virally mediated transsynaptic tracing study. Pseudorabies virus (PRV)-614 was injected into the kidney in adult male MC4R-green fluorescent protein (GFP) transgenic mice (n = 5). After a survival time of 5 days, the mice were assigned to humanely sacrifice, and the brainstem were removed and sectioned, and processed for PRV-614 visualization. The neurochemical phenotype of MC4R-GFP-positive neurons was identified using fluorescence immunocytochemical labeling. PRV-614/MC4R-GFP dual labeled neurons were detected in medial vestibular nuclei. Our findings support the hypothesis that there exist melanocortinergic circuits from medial vestibular nuclei to the kidney. PMID:25973095

  14. Role of the medial medullary reticular formation in relaying vestibular signals to the diaphragm and abdominal muscles

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    Mori, R. L.; Bergsman, A. E.; Holmes, M. J.; Yates, B. J.

    2001-01-01

    Changes in posture can affect the resting length of respiratory muscles, requiring alterations in the activity of these muscles if ventilation is to be unaffected. Recent studies have shown that the vestibular system contributes to altering respiratory muscle activity during movement and changes in posture. Furthermore, anatomical studies have demonstrated that many bulbospinal neurons in the medial medullary reticular formation (MRF) provide inputs to phrenic and abdominal motoneurons; because this region of the reticular formation receives substantial vestibular and other movement-related input, it seems likely that medial medullary reticulospinal neurons could adjust the activity of respiratory motoneurons during postural alterations. The objective of the present study was to determine whether functional lesions of the MRF affect inspiratory and expiratory muscle responses to activation of the vestibular system. Lidocaine or muscimol injections into the MRF produced a large increase in diaphragm and abdominal muscle responses to vestibular stimulation. These vestibulo-respiratory responses were eliminated following subsequent chemical blockade of descending pathways in the lateral medulla. However, inactivation of pathways coursing through the lateral medulla eliminated excitatory, but not inhibitory, components of vestibulo-respiratory responses. The simplest explanation for these data is that MRF neurons that receive input from the vestibular nuclei make inhibitory connections with diaphragm and abdominal motoneurons, whereas a pathway that courses laterally in the caudal medulla provides excitatory vestibular inputs to these motoneurons.

  15. Vestibular afferent responses to microrotational stimuli

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    Myers, Steven F.; Lewis, Edwin R.

    1991-01-01

    Intracellular microelectrode recording/labeling techniques were used to investigate vestibular afferent responses in the bullfrog, to very small amplitude (less than 5 deg p-p) sinusoidal rotations in the vertical plane over the frequency range of 0.063-4 Hz. Robust responses to peak accelerations as low as 0.031 deg/sec per sec were obtained from units subsequently traced to either the central portion of the anterior canal crista or the striolar region of the utricle. All of these microrotationally sensitive afferent neurons had irregular resting discharge rates, and the majority had transfer ratios (relative to rotational velocity) of 1-40 spikes/sec per deg/sec. Individual utricular afferent velocity transfer ratios were nearly constant over the frequency range of 0.125-4 Hz. Canal units displayed decreasing response transfer ratios as stimulus frequencies increased. These findings indicate that, although utricular striolar and central crista afferent velocity transfer ratios to microrotations were very similar, utricular striolar afferent neurons were more faithful sensors of very small amplitude rotational velocity in the vertical plane.

  16. Dual task interference during gait in patients with unilateral vestibular disorders

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    Nascimbeni Alberto

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Vestibular patients show slower and unsteady gait; they have also been shown to need greater cognitive resources when carrying out balance and cognitive dual tasks (DT. This study investigated DT interference during gait in a middle-aged group of subjects with dizziness and unsteadiness after unilateral vestibular neuronitis and in a healthy control group. Methods Fourteen individuals with subacute unilateral vestibular impairment after neuronitis and seventeen healthy subjects performed gait and cognitive tasks in single and DT conditions. A statistical gait analysis system was used and spatio-temporal parameters were considered. The cognitive task, consisting of backward counting by three, was tape recorded and the number of right figures was then calculated. Results Both patients and controls showed a more conservative gait during DT and between groups significant differences were not found. A significant decrease in cognitive performance during DT was found only in the vestibular group. Conclusions Results suggest that less attentional resources are available during gait in vestibular patients compared to controls, and that a priority is given in keeping up the motor task to the detriment of a decrease of the cognitive performance during DT.

  17. The vestibular implant: Quo vadis?

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    RaymondVan De Berg

    2011-08-01

    Study selection: all studies about the vestibular implant and related topics were included and evaluated by two reviewers. No study was excluded since every study investigated different aspects of the vestibular implant. Data extraction and synthesis: data was extracted by the first author from selected reports, supplemented by additional information, medical books conference lectures. Since each study had its own point of interest with its own outcomes, it was not possible to compare data of different studies. Conclusion: to use a basic vestibular implant in humans seems feasible in the very near future. Investigations show that electric stimulation of the canal nerves induces a nystagmus which corresponds to the plane of the canal which is innervated by the stimulated nerve branch. The brain is able to adapt to a higher baseline stimulation, while still reacting on a dynamic component. The best response will be achieved by a combination of the optimal stimulus (stimulus profile, stimulus location, precompensation, complemented by central vestibular adaptation. The degree of response will probably vary between individuals, depending on pathology and their ability to adapt.

  18. Vestibular schwannoma with contralateral facial pain – case report

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    Ghodsi Mohammad; Gheini Mohammadreza; Eftekhar Behzad; Ketabchi Ebrahim

    2003-01-01

    Abstract Background Vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma) most commonly presents with ipsilateral disturbances of acoustic, vestibular, trigeminal and facial nerves. Presentation of vestibular schwannoma with contralateral facial pain is quite uncommon. Case presentation Among 156 cases of operated vestibular schwannoma, we found one case with unusual presentation of contralateral hemifacial pain. Conclusion The presentation of contralateral facial pain in the vestibular schwannoma is rare...

  19. Stereotactic radiotherapy for vestibular schwannoma

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    Muzevic, Dario; Legcevic, Jelena

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Vestibular schwannomas (acoustic neuromas) are common benign tumours that arise from the Schwann cells of the vestibular nerve. Management options include observation with neuroradiological follow-up, microsurgical resection and stereotactic radiotherapy. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effect of stereotactic radiotherapy compared to observation, microsurgical resection, any other treatment modality, or a combination of two or more of the above approaches for vestibular schwannoma. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials; PubMed; EMBASE; CINAHL; Web of Science; CAB Abstracts; ISRCTN and additional sources for published and unpublished trials. The date of the search was 24 July 2014. SELECTION CRITERIA: Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) exploring the efficacy of stereotactic radiotherapy compared with observation alone, microsurgical resection or any other possible treatment or combination of treatments in patients with a cerebellopontine angle tumour up to 3 cm in diameter, presumed to be a vestibular schwannoma. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: We used the standard methodological procedures expected by The Cochrane Collaboration. MAIN RESULTS: No studies met the inclusion criteria for this review. AUTHORS' CONCLUSIONS: There is no high quality evidence in the literature from RCTs to determine whether stereotactic radiotherapy is better than microsurgical resection or observation alone for patients with a vestibular schwannoma. In the absence of such evidence, the treatment method should be chosen on an individual basis, taking into consideration the patient's preferences, clinician experience and the availability of radiotherapeutic equipment. With the growing availability of radiotherapeutic equipment, randomised controlled trials should be undertaken to evaluate the role of stereotactic radiotherapy in comparison with other treatment options.

  20. Vestibular Findings in Military Band Musicians

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    Bianca Simone, Zeigelboim; Crislaine, Gueber; Thanara Pruner da, Silva; Paulo Breno Noronha, Liberalesso; Claudia Giglio de Oliveira, Gonçalves; João Henrique, Faryniuk; Jair Mendes, Marques; Ari Leon, Jurkiewicz.

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Exposure to music is the subject of many studies because it is related to an individual's professional and social activities. Objectives Evaluate the vestibular behavior in military band musicians. Methods A retrospective cross-sectional study was performed. Nineteen musicians w [...] ith ages ranging from 21 to 46 years were evaluated (average?=?33.7 years and standard deviation?=?7.2 years). They underwent anamnesis and vestibular and otolaryngologic evaluation through vectoelectronystagmography. Results The most evident otoneurologic symptoms in the anamnesis were tinnitus (84.2%), hearing difficulties (47.3%), dizziness (36.8%), headache (26.3%), intolerance to intense sounds (21.0%), and earache (15.7%). Seven musicians (37.0%) showed vestibular abnormality, which occurred in the caloric test. The abnormality was more prevalent in the peripheral vestibular system, and there was a predominance of irritative peripheral vestibular disorders. Conclusion The alteration in vestibular exam occurred in the caloric test (37.0%). There were changes in the prevalence of peripheral vestibular system with a predominance of irritative vestibular dysfunction. Dizziness was the most significant symptom for the vestibular test in correlation with neurotologic symptoms. The present study made it possible to verify the importance of the labyrinthine test, which demonstrates that this population should be better studied because the systematic exposure to high sound pressure levels may cause major vestibular alterations.

  1. Vestibular Findings in Military Band Musicians

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    Zeigelboim, Bianca Simone

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Exposure to music is the subject of many studies because it is related to an individual's professional and social activities. Objectives Evaluate the vestibular behavior in military band musicians. Methods A retrospective cross-sectional study was performed. Nineteen musicians with ages ranging from 21 to 46 years were evaluated (average = 33.7 years and standard deviation = 7.2 years. They underwent anamnesis and vestibular and otolaryngologic evaluation through vectoelectronystagmography. Results The most evident otoneurologic symptoms in the anamnesis were tinnitus (84.2%, hearing difficulties (47.3%, dizziness (36.8%, headache (26.3%, intolerance to intense sounds (21.0%, and earache (15.7%. Seven musicians (37.0% showed vestibular abnormality, which occurred in the caloric test. The abnormality was more prevalent in the peripheral vestibular system, and there was a predominance of irritative peripheral vestibular disorders. Conclusion The alteration in vestibular exam occurred in the caloric test (37.0%. There were changes in the prevalence of peripheral vestibular system with a predominance of irritative vestibular dysfunction. Dizziness was the most significant symptom for the vestibular test in correlation with neurotologic symptoms. The present study made it possible to verify the importance of the labyrinthine test, which demonstrates that this population should be better studied because the systematic exposure to high sound pressure levels may cause major vestibular alterations.

  2. Human visual and vestibular heading perception in the vertical planes.

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    Crane, Benjamin T

    2014-02-01

    Heading estimation has not previously been reported in the vertical planes. This is a potentially interesting issue because although distribution of neuronal direction sensitivities is near uniform for vertical headings, there is an overrepresentation of otolith organs sensitive to motion in the horizontal relative to the vertical plane. Furthermore, thresholds of horizontal motion perception are considerably lower than those of vertical motion which has the potential to bias heading perception. The current data from 14 human subjects (age 19 to 67) measured heading estimation in response to vestibular motion of 14 cm (28 cm/s) over a 360° of headings at 5° intervals. An analogous visual motion was tested in separate trials. In this study, earth and head vertical/horizontal were always aligned. Results demonstrated that the horizontal component of heading was overestimated relative to the vertical component for vestibular heading stimuli in the coronal (skew) and sagittal (elevation) planes. For visual headings, the bias was much smaller and in the opposite direction such that the vertical component of heading was overestimated. Subjects older than 50 had significantly worse precision and larger biases relative to that of younger subjects for the vestibular conditions, although visual heading estimates were similar. A vector addition model was fit to the data which explains the observed heading biases by the known distribution of otolith organs in humans. The greatly decreased precision with age is explained by the model with decreases in end organ numbers, and relatively greater loss of otoliths that are sensitive to vertical motion. PMID:24249574

  3. Vestibular rehabilitation in elderly patients with central vestibular dysfunction: a prospective, randomized pilot study

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    Marioni, Gino; Fermo, Salvatore; Lionello, Marco; Fasanaro, Elena; Giacomelli, Luciano; Zanon, Stefania; Staffieri, Claudia; Dall’Igna, Franco; Manzato, Enzo; Staffieri, Alberto

    2012-01-01

    For the vestibular system, aging is associated with degenerated otoconia and loss of hair cells, vestibular afferents, and cells in the vestibular nuclei. Further neurodegenerative processes involve cortical, extrapyramidal motor, and cerebellar structures. Dizziness is quite common in the elderly, limiting their mobility and activities. The role of vestibular rehabilitation in these patients is controversial. The present prospective, randomized, preliminary investigation aimed to compare the...

  4. Complications of Microsurgery of Vestibular Schwannoma

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    Jan Betka; Eduard Zv??ina; Zuzana Balogová; Oliver Profant; Ji?í Sk?ivan; Josef Kraus; Ji?í Lisý; Josef Syka; Martin Chovanec

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    Background. The aim of this study was to analyze complications of vestibular schwannoma (VS) microsurgery. Material and Methods. A retrospective study was performed in 333 patients with unilateral vestibular schwannoma indicated for surgical treatment between January 1997 and December 2012. Postoperative complications were assessed immediately after VS surgery as well as during outpatient followup. Results. In all 333 patients microsurgical vestibular schwannoma (Koos grade 1: 12, grade 2: 34...

  5. Visual dependency and dizziness after vestibular neuritis

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    Cousins, Sian; Cutfield, Nicholas J; Kaski, Diego; Palla, Antonella; Seemungal, Barry M; Golding, John F.; Staab, Jeffrey P.; Bronstein, Adolfo M.

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    Symptomatic recovery after acute vestibular neuritis (VN) is variable, with around 50% of patients reporting long term vestibular symptoms; hence, it is essential to identify factors related to poor clinical outcome. Here we investigated whether excessive reliance on visual input for spatial orientation (visual dependence) was associated with long term vestibular symptoms following acute VN. Twenty-eight patients with VN and 25 normal control subjects were included. Patients were enrolled at ...

  6. Endoscopic Resection of Vestibular Schwannomas.

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    Setty, Pradeep; D'Andrea, Kenneth P; Stucken, Emily Z; Babu, Seilesh; LaRouere, Michael J; Pieper, Daniel R

    2015-06-01

    Objective?To report our results and the technical details of fully endoscopic resection of vestibular schwannomas. Design?Prospective observational study. Setting?A single academic institution involving neurosurgery and neurotology. Participants?Twelve consecutive patients who underwent fully endoscopic resection of a vestibular schwannoma. Main Outcome Measures?Hearing preservation, based on the American Association of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgeons (AAO-HNS) score as well as the Gardener and Robertson Modified Hearing Classification (GR). Facial nerve preservation based on the House-Brackmann (HB) score. Results?All patients successfully underwent gross total resection. Facial nerve preservation rate was 92% with 11 of 12 patients retaining an HB score of 1/6 postoperatively. Hearing preservation rate was 67% with 8 of 12 patients maintaining a stable AAO-HNS grade and GR score at follow-up. Mean tumor size was 1.5 cm (range: 1-2 cm). No patients experienced postoperative cerebrospinal fluid leak, infection, or cranial nerve palsy for a complication rate of 0%. Mean operative time was 261.6 minutes with an estimated blood loss of 56.3 mL and average length of hospital stay of 3.6 days. Conclusion?A purely endoscopic approach is a safe and effective option for hearing preservation surgery for vestibular schwannomas in appropriately selected patients. PMID:26225307

  7. A stochastic afterhyperpolarization model of repetitive activity in vestibular afferents.

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    Smith, C E; Goldberg, J M

    1986-01-01

    A stochastic version of Kernell's (1968, 1972) model with cumulative afterhyperpolarization (AHP) was simulated. A characteristic of the model is that the AHP is the result of an increased potassium conductance (g K) that is time-dependent but not voltage-dependent. Quantal synaptic inputs are assumed to be the only source of interspike interval variability. The model reproduces many features of the steady-state discharge of peripheral vestibular afferents, provided that firing rates are higher than 40 spikes/s. Among the results accounted for are the interspike interval statistics occurring during natural stimulation, their alteration by externally applied galvanic currents and the increase in the interspike interval following an interposed shock. Empirical studies show that some vestibular afferents have a regular spacing of action potentials, others an irregular spacing (Goldberg and Fernández 1971b; Fernández and Goldberg 1976). Irregularly discharging afferents have a higher sensitivity to externally applied galvanic currents than do regular afferents (Goldberg et al. 1984). To explain the relation between galvanic sensitivity and discharge regularity requires the assumption that neurons differ in both their synaptic noise (sigma v) and the slopes of their postspike voltage trajectories (d mu v/dt). The more irregular the neuron's discharge at a given firing frequency, the greater is sigma v and the smaller is d mu v/dt. Of the two factors, d mu v/dt is estimated to be four times more influential in determining discharge regularity across the afferent population. The shortcomings of the model are considered, as are possible remedies. Our conclusions are compared to previous discussions of mechanisms responsible for differences in the discharge regularity of vestibular afferents. PMID:3487348

  8. Evidence for vestibular regulation of autonomic functions in a mouse genetic model

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    Murakami, Dean M.; Erkman, Linda; Hermanson, Ola; Rosenfeld, Michael G.; Fuller, Charles A.

    2002-01-01

    Physiological responses to changes in the gravitational field and body position, as well as symptoms of patients with anxiety-related disorders, have indicated an interrelationship between vestibular function and stress responses. However, the relative significance of cochlear and vestibular information in autonomic regulation remains unresolved because of the difficulties in distinguishing the relative contributions of other proprioceptive and interoceptive inputs, including vagal and somatic information. To investigate the role of cochlear and vestibular function in central and physiological responses, we have examined the effects of increased gravity in wild-type mice and mice lacking the POU homeodomain transcription factor Brn-3.1 (Brn-3bPou4f3). The only known phenotype of the Brn-3.1(-/-) mouse is related to hearing and balance functions, owing to the failure of cochlear and vestibular hair cells to differentiate properly. Here, we show that normal physiological responses to increased gravity (2G exposure), such as a dramatic drop in body temperature and concomitant circadian adjustment, were completely absent in Brn-3.1(-/-) mice. In line with the lack of autonomic responses, the massive increase in neuronal activity after 2G exposure normally detected in wild-type mice was virtually abolished in Brn-3.1(-/-) mice. Our results suggest that cochlear and vestibular hair cells are the primary regulators of autonomic responses to altered gravity and provide genetic evidence that these cells are sufficient to alter neural activity in regions involved in autonomic and neuroendocrine control.

  9. Functional expression of TRPV1 and TRPA1 in rat vestibular ganglia.

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    Kamakura, Takefumi; Ishida, Yusuke; Nakamura, Yukiko; Yamada, Takahiro; Kitahara, Tadashi; Takimoto, Yasumitsu; Horii, Arata; Uno, Atsuhiko; Imai, Takao; Okazaki, Suzuyo; Inohara, Hidenori; Shimada, Shoichi

    2013-09-27

    Both TRPV1 and TRPA1 are non-selective cation channels. They are co-expressed, and interact in sensory neurons such as dorsal root ganglia (DRG) and trigeminal ganglia (TG), and are involved in nociception, being activated by nociceptive stimuli. Immunohistological localization of TRPV1 in vestibular ganglion (VG) neurons has been reported. Although TRPA1 is co-expressed with TRPV1 in DRG and TG neurons, it is unclear whether TRPA1 channels are expressed in VG neurons. Moreover, it is unknown whether TRPV1 and TRPA1 channels are functional in VG neurons. We investigated the expression of TRPV1 and TRPA1 in rat VG neurons by RT-PCR, in situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry, and Ca(2+) imaging experiments. Both TRPV1 and TRPA1 RT-PCR products were amplified from the mRNA of rat VG neurons. In situ hybridization experiments showed TRPV1 and TRPA1 mRNA expression in the majority of VG neurons. Immunohistochemistry experiments confirmed TRPV1 protein expression. In Ca(2+) imaging experiments, capsaicin, a TRPV1 agonist, induced a significant increase in intracellular calcium ion concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) in rat primary cultured VG neurons, which was almost completely blocked by capsazepine, a TRPV1-specific antagonist. Cinnamaldehyde, a TRPA1 agonist, also caused an increase in [Ca(2+)]i, which was completely inhibited by HC030031, a TRPA1-specific antagonist. Moreover, in some VG neurons, a [Ca(2+)]i increase was evoked by both capsaicin and cinnamaldehyde in the same neuron. In summary, our histological and physiological studies reveal that TRPV1 and TRPA1 are expressed in VG neurons. It is suggested that TRPV1 and TRPA1 in VG neurons might participate in vestibular function and/or dysfunction such as vertigo. PMID:23916509

  10. Epidemiology and natural history of vestibular schwannomas

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    Stangerup, Sven-Eric; Caye-Thomasen, Per

    2012-01-01

    This article describes various epidemiologic trends for vestibular schwannomas over the last 35 years, including a brief note on terminology. Additionally, it provides information on the natural history of tumor growth and hearing level following the diagnosis of a vestibular schwannoma. A treatment strategy based on the natural history of tumor growth and hearing also is discussed.

  11. Special (vestibular training of servicemen

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    Afonin V.M.

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available It has been shown that conditions of professional activity of airmobile servicemen require from them, in addition to excellent proficiency in military armament and materiel, high level of physical qualities and movement coordination development. It is essential to have high practice of vestibular apparatus, which helps to resist such negative feature as air sickness. The essences of term air sickness, its negative consequences for professional activity are highlighted. Possible tendencies of work in terms of enhancing organism resistance to air sickness (according to the analysis of publications and practical experience are investigated.

  12. Vestibular and oculomotor physiology; Proceedings of the International Meeting, New York, NY, September 22-25, 1980

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    Cohen, B.

    1981-01-01

    Papers are presented showing recent progress in the understanding of the processing of visual and vestibular signals by the central nervous system to produce eye movements and postural responses. Specific topics include the directional sensitivity of hair cells to hair bundle deflection, the effects of gravity on rotatory nystagmus, the reticulovestibular organization associated with horizontal fast eye movement, the pathways controlling the extraocular eye muscles, the organization of visual-vestibular interaction in vestibular neurons, motion sickness due to vision reversal in stroboscopic light, and vestibular habituation during sinusoidal rotation. Attention is also given to vestibulo-ocular, vestibulocollic and cervicocollic reflexes, visual mossy fiber inputs to the flocculus, directional plasticity of the vestibulo-ocular reflex, the relation of active head rotation with eye-head coordination, instability in the optokinetic-vestibular system as an explanation for periodic alternating nystagmus, the effects of visual and nonvisual fixation on vestibular nystagmus, interaction of saccades with the vestibulo-ocular reflex, and the role of the plantar mechanoreceptor in equilibrium control.

  13. Achados vestibulares em usuários de aparelho de amplificação sonora individual Vestibular findings in hearing aid users

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    Fabiane Paulin

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: verificar os achados vestibulares em pacientes com perda auditiva neurossenssorial usuários de aparelho de amplificação sonora individual. MÉTODOS: vinte pacientes, 11 do sexo feminino e nove do sexo masculino, com idades entre 39 e 85 anos, com perda auditiva neurossenssorial bilateral de grau moderado e severo foram atendidos em uma Instituição de Ensino Superior e submetidos a uma anamnese, inspeção otológica, avaliação audiológica, imitanciometria e ao exame vestibular por meio da vectoeletronistagmografia. RESULTADOS: a dos 20 pacientes avaliados, 18 (90% apresentaram queixa de zumbido, 15 (75% queixa de tontura e oito (40% queixa de cefaléia; b houve predomínio de alteração na prova calórica e no sistema vestibular periférico; c o resultado do exame vestibular esteve alterado em 14 pacientes (70%, sendo, oito casos (40% de síndrome vestibular periférica irritativa e seis casos (30% de síndrome vestibular periférica deficitária; d verificou-se diferença significativa entre o resultado do exame vestibular e o tempo de uso do aparelho de amplificação sonora individual; e dos cinco pacientes que não referiram nenhum sintoma vestibular, quatro (80% apresentaram alteração no exame. CONCLUSÃO: ressalta-se a sensibilidade e importância do estudo funcional do sistema do equilíbrio neste tipo de população, uma vez que podem ocorrer alterações na avaliação labiríntica independente da presença de sintomas.PURPOSE: to check vestibular findings in patients with sensoneural hearing loss, hearing aid users. METHODS: 20 patients (eleven females and nine males aging from 39 to 85-year-old with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, from moderate to severe degrees, were attended in a higher education institution evaluated by medical history, otological inspections, complete basic conventional audiological evaluations, acoustic impedance tests and vectoeletronystagmography. RESULTS: a from the 20 evaluated patients, 18 (90% showed tinnitus complaint, 15 (75% dizziness complaint and eight (40% headache complaint; b There was a prevalence of alterations in the caloric test and in the peripheral vestibular system; c the results of the vestibular exam showed alterations in 14 patients (70% being, eight cases (40% of peripheral vestibular irritative syndromes and six cases (30% of peripheral vestibular deficiency syndromes; d we verified significant difference between the vestibular exam results and how long the patient had use the hearing aid; e from the five patients that did not related vestibular symptoms four (80% showed alterations in the vestibular exam. CONCLUSION: the importance and sensibility of the functional study regarding the balance system in this type of population must be emphasized because same disorders may occur in the vestibular exam in spite of symptom presence.

  14. Taste dysfunction in vestibular schwannomas

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    Sahu Rabi

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Gustatory dysfunction associated with vestibular schwannomas (VS is a poorly represented clinical presentation. Materials and Methods: One hundred and forty-nine cases operated from 1997 to 2005 where at least six-month follow-up was available were included. All patients were tested for taste sensations using four modalities of standard taste solutions. Apart from the taste sensations, any altered or abnormal taste perceptions were recorded both in the preoperative and postoperative period. Results: After applying the exclusion criteria, the taste dysfunction was studied in 142 patients. The evidence of decreased taste sensation was found in 58 (40.8% patients prior to surgery. Preoperatively, taste disturbance was found in 29 (37.2% giant, 28 (45.9% large and one (33.3% medium-sized tumors, respectively. There were no significant age or sex-related differences. The postoperative taste disturbances were found in 65 (45.8% patients. Among patients with anatomically preserved facial nerve, postoperative taste disturbances were found in 55 (42.3% patients whereas nine (6.9% patients reported improvement in taste sensations. Conclusions: Taste dysfunction is common following vestibular schwannoma surgery. Patient counseling prior to surgery is necessary to avoid any distress caused by taste dysfunction. Taste dysfunction should be included in the facial nerve functional grading system while assessing outcome.

  15. Comparative gene expression study of the vestibular organ of the Igf1 deficient mouse using whole-transcript arrays.

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    Rodríguez-de la Rosa, Lourdes; Sánchez-Calderón, Hortensia; Contreras, Julio; Murillo-Cuesta, Silvia; Falagan, Sandra; Avendaño, Carlos; Dopazo, Joaquín; Varela-Nieto, Isabel; Milo, Marta

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    The auditory and vestibular organs form the inner ear and have a common developmental origin. Insulin like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) has a central role in the development of the cochlea and maintenance of hearing. Its deficiency causes sensorineural hearing loss in man and mice. During chicken early development, IGF-1 modulates neurogenesis of the cochleovestibular ganglion but no further studies have been conducted to explore the potential role of IGF-1 in the vestibular system. In this study we have compared the whole transcriptome of the vestibular organ from wild type and Igf1(-/-) mice at different developmental and postnatal times. RNA was prepared from E18.5, P15 and P90 vestibular organs of Igf1(-/-) and Igf1(+/+) mice and the transcriptome analysed in triplicates using Affymetrix(®) Mouse Gene 1.1 ST Array Plates. These plates are whole-transcript arrays that include probes to measure both messenger (mRNA) and long intergenic non-coding RNA transcripts (lincRNA), with a coverage of over 28 thousand coding transcripts and over 7 thousands non-coding transcripts. Given the complexity of the data we used two different methods VSN-RMA and mmBGX to analyse and compare the data. This is to better evaluate the number of false positives and to quantify uncertainty of low signals. We identified a number of differentially expressed genes that we described using functional analysis and validated using RT-qPCR. The morphology of the vestibular organ did not show differences between genotypes and no evident alterations were observed in the vestibular sensory areas of the null mice. However, well-defined cellular alterations were found in the vestibular neurons with respect their number and size. Although these mice did not show a dramatic vestibular phenotype, we conducted a functional analysis on differentially expressed genes between genotypes and across time. This was with the aim to identify new pathways that are involved in the development of the vestibular organ as well as pathways that maybe affected by the lack of IGF-1 and be associated to the morphological changes of the vestibular neurons that we observed in the Igf1(-/-) mice. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled . PMID:26341476

  16. Vestibular Function and Quality of Life in Vestibular Schwannoma: Does Size Matter?

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    Wagner, Judith Nastjenka; Glaser, Miriam; Wowra, Berndt; Muacevic, Alexander; Goldbrunner, Roland; Cnyrim, Christian; Tonn, Jörg-Christian; Strupp, Michael

    2011-01-01

    Objectives: Patients with vestibular schwannoma (VS) frequently suffer from disabling vestibular symptoms. This prospective follow-up study evaluates vestibular and auditory function and impairment of quality of life due to vertigo, dizziness, and imbalance in patients with unilateral VS of different sizes before/after microsurgical or radiosurgical treatment. Methods: Thirty-eight patients with unilateral VS were included. Twenty-two received microsurgery, 16 CyberKnife radiosurgery. Two fol...

  17. Normal and abnormal human vestibular ocular function

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    Peterka, R. J.; Black, F. O.

    1986-01-01

    The major motivation of this research is to understand the role the vestibular system plays in sensorimotor interactions which result in spatial disorientation and motion sickness. A second goal was to explore the range of abnormality as it is reflected in quantitative measures of vestibular reflex responses. The results of a study of vestibular reflex measurements in normal subjects and preliminary results in abnormal subjects are presented in this report. Statistical methods were used to define the range of normal responses, and determine age related changes in function.

  18. Vestibular evoked myogenic potential responses in obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.

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    Mutlu, Murad; Bay?r, Ömer; Yüceege, Melike B; Karagöz, Tu?ba; F?rat, Hikmet; Özdek, Ali; Ak?n, ?stemihan; Korkmaz, Hakan

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    Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) provokes oxidative stress and ischemia, which affects the central nervous system. The degeneration of neurons in the brainstem due to periodic hypoxia can be evaluated by vestibular and audiologic tests. The objective of this study is to determine brainstem damage in severe OSAS patients with the help of vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP) responses. Prospective, randomize, double-blind. Research-training hospital. We compared cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potential (cVEMP) responses between severe OSAS patients and a control group. 54 patients were included and divided into the OSAS group, with severe OSAS (apnea-hypopnea index, AHI >70), and a control group with snoring without OSAS (AHI <5). Both groups underwent cVEMP. Bilateral recordings with simultaneous binaural logon stimulations were used during VEMP recordings. The existing p1n1 and n2p2 responses, p1, n1, n2, and p2 latencies and amplitudes, and p1n1 and n2p2 intervals were measured. Statistically significant differences were revealed between patients and controls for the response rate of the p1n1, n2p2 and p1n1, n2p2 amplitudes. There were no significant differences between the two groups with respect to the latencies of p1, n1, n2 and p2, or the p1n1 and n2p2 intervals. The VEMP response rate was lower in severe OSAS patients, and all amplitudes were shorter than in healthy subjects. VEMP recordings in severe OSAS subjects demonstrates abnormalities in brainstem pathways. It appears that brainstem damage in severe OSAS can be detected by cVEMP recordings. PMID:25288372

  19. Vestibular function and quality of life in vestibular schwannoma: does size matter?

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    JudithWagner

    2011-08-01

    Conclusions. Loss of vestibular function in vestibular schwannoma clearly correlates with tumor size. However, loss of vestibular function was not strictly associated with a long-term deterioration of quality of life. This may be due to central compensation of vestibular deficits in long-standing large tumors. Loss of hearing before treatment was significantly influenced by the age of the patient but not by tumor size. At follow-up 1 and 2, hearing was significantly worse in those patients with a large VS and after microsurgical treatment.

  20. [Experimental study of vestibular neurectomy].

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    Pech, A; Cannoni, M; Appaix, M; Cahier, S; Lacour, M; Roll, J P

    1976-06-01

    The authors describe an experimental study carried out on baboons. After unilateral vestibular neurectomy, the behaviour disorders on the one hand, and on the other, modifications and temporal development of reflex muotatic excitability of the spine using Hoffmann's reflex method are analyzed. As far as behaviour is concerned, a four-day period of motor restriction following the operation causes more marked residual disorders in comparison with controls. From the neurophysiological point of view, neurectomy results in seriously disordered spinal reflexes characterized by ipsilateral hypo-excitability developing in there stages: a tw-day initial critical phase during which the disorders are at their worst, a four-day recuperative stage with partial regression of the disorders, finally a chronic compensation stage in which spinal excitability returns to normal after several months. PMID:825007

  1. Dara vestibular equipment onboard MIR

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    Hofmann, P.; Kellig, A.; Hoffmann, H.-U.; Ruyters, G.

    We have described the vestibular and visuo-oculomotoric equipment which has been developed under various DARA contracts since 1991, and used aboard MIR in the frame of the following missions: • German MIR'92 mission (VOG) • Extensions to MIR '92, e.g. the use of VOG by V. Polyakov during his record stay in space from 1993 to 1994 • EUROMIR'94 (VOG) • EUROMIR'95 (VOG, OKS and BIVOG) • Joint German /Russian experiments in 1997/98 (BIVOG) The hardware is supplemented by various stimuli and measurements. New developments for a next generation BIVOG, which may become the Space Station 3D eye tracking system, have shortly been addressed.

  2. Imaging Finding in 222 Patients with Vestibular

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    A. Zahiri

    2008-01-01

    Background/Objective: Vestibular Schwannoma is the most common cranial schwannoma with gradually produce sensorineural deafness. In this study we observed the effect of Gamma Knife therapy for control of this type of schwannoma."nPatients and Methods: We observed imaging findings of 250 patients with vestibular schwannoma from September 2003 to October 2007. We performed the Gamma Knife with C model (Elekta Company) for the treatment and control of the tumor."nResults: The minimum a...

  3. Vestibular schwannoma: role of conservative management

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    Suryanarayanan, R; Ramsden, R T; Saeed, S R; Aggarwal, R; King, A. T.; Rutherford, S. A.; Evans, D. G.; Gillespie, J. E.

    2010-01-01

    Objective: To assess the outcome of conservative management of vestibular schwannoma.Study design: Observational study. Setting: Tertiary referral centre.Patients: Four hundred and thirty-six patients with vestibular schwannoma (490 tumours), including 327 sporadic tumours and 163 tumours in 109 patients with neurofibromatosis type two.Main outcome measures: The relationship of tumour growth to tumour size at presentation, and to certain demographic features.Results: The initial tumour size w...

  4. Perspectives in vestibular diagnostics and therapy

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    Ernst, Arneborg

    2012-01-01

    [english] Vestibular diagnostics and therapy ist the mirror of technological, scientific and socio-economics trends as are other fields of clinical medicine. These trends have led to a substantial diversification of the field of neurotology.The improvements in diagnostics have been characterized by the introduction of new receptor testing tools (e.g., VEMPs), progress in imaging (e.g., the endolymphatic hydrops) and in the description of central-vestibular neuroplasticity. The etiopathology o...

  5. Cranial Nerve VIII: Hearing and Vestibular Functions

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    Sanders, Richard D; Gillig, Paulette Marie

    2010-01-01

    Cranial nerve VIII brings sound and information about one's position and movement in space into the brain. The auditory and vestibular systems subserve several functions basic to clinical medicine and to psychiatry. This article covers the basics of cranial nerve VIII, hearing and vestibular systems, including common problems with hearing and balance, problems with hearing and balance that tend to be found in psychiatric patients, and some simple assessments of value in clinical practice.

  6. Unilateral vestibular loss impairs external space representation.

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    Borel, Liliane; Redon-Zouiteni, Christine; Cauvin, Pierre; Dumitrescu, Michel; Devèze, Arnaud; Magnan, Jacques; Péruch, Patrick

    2014-01-01

    The vestibular system is responsible for a wide range of postural and oculomotor functions and maintains an internal, updated representation of the position and movement of the head in space. In this study, we assessed whether unilateral vestibular loss affects external space representation. Patients with Menière's disease and healthy participants were instructed to point to memorized targets in near (peripersonal) and far (extrapersonal) spaces in the absence or presence of a visual background. These individuals were also required to estimate their body pointing direction. Menière's disease patients were tested before unilateral vestibular neurotomy and during the recovery period (one week and one month after the operation), and healthy participants were tested at similar times. Unilateral vestibular loss impaired the representation of both the external space and the body pointing direction: in the dark, the configuration of perceived targets was shifted toward the lesioned side and compressed toward the contralesioned hemifield, with higher pointing error in the near space. Performance varied according to the time elapsed after neurotomy: deficits were stronger during the early stages, while gradual compensation occurred subsequently. These findings provide the first demonstration of the critical role of vestibular signals in the representation of external space and of body pointing direction in the early stages after unilateral vestibular loss. PMID:24523916

  7. RECORDING OF VESTIBULAR EVOKED MYOGENIC POTENTIALS

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    A. A. Sazgar

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available It has been shown recently that loud clicks evoke myogenic potentials in the tonically contracting sternocleidomastoid muscles. Studies have suggested that these potentials are of vestibular origin, especially of the saccule and inferior vestibular nerve. A pilot study was undertaken in our hospital to record vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP for the first time in Iran. Eighteen healthy volunteers (32 ears without history of otologic or vestibular disorders were subjected to the VEMP test. Twenty-one patients (26 ears with unilateral (6 patients and bilateral (5 patients high frequency sensorineural hearing loss with unknown etiology, acoustic neuroma (1 patient, Meniere’s disease (4 patients and unilateral low frequency sensorineural hearing loss without vestibular complaint (5 patients were also enrolled in this study. VEMP response to clicks was obtained from 84.4% of ears of healthy subjects. These subjects demonstrated short latency waves to click stimuli during tonic neck flexor activation. Mean latencies of first positive (p13 and first negative (n23 potentials in healthy subjects were 12.45 ± 1.9 ms and 20.8 ± 3.5 ms, respectively. Median latencies of these two potentials were 12.1 and 19.3 ms, respectively. We could record VEMP in 5 patients with unilateral and all patients with high and low frequency sensorineural hearing loss without vestibular complaint. In the patient with acoustic neuroma VEMP was absent on the affected side. This technique may offer a new method to evaluate otolith and sacculocollic pathways in human.

  8. Climbing Fibers Mediate Vestibular Modulation of Both "Complex" and "Simple Spikes" in Purkinje Cells.

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    Barmack, N H; Yakhnitsa, V

    2015-10-01

    Climbing and mossy fibers comprise two distinct afferent paths to the cerebellum. Climbing fibers directly evoke a large multispiked action potential in Purkinje cells termed a "complex spike" (CS). By logical exclusion, the other class of Purkinje cell action potential, termed "simple spike" (SS), has often been attributed to activity conveyed by mossy fibers and relayed to Purkinje cells through granule cells. Here, we investigate the relative importance of climbing and mossy fiber pathways in modulating neuronal activity by recording extracellularly from Purkinje cells, as well as from mossy fiber terminals and interneurons in folia 8-10. Sinusoidal roll-tilt vestibular stimulation vigorously modulates the discharge of climbing and mossy fiber afferents, Purkinje cells, and interneurons in folia 9-10 in anesthetized mice. Roll-tilt onto the side ipsilateral to the recording site increases the discharge of both climbing fibers (CSs) and mossy fibers. However, the discharges of SSs decrease during ipsilateral roll-tilt. Unilateral microlesions of the beta nucleus (?-nucleus) of the inferior olive blocks vestibular modulation of both CSs and SSs in contralateral Purkinje cells. The blockage of SSs occurs even though primary and secondary vestibular mossy fibers remain intact. When mossy fiber afferents are damaged by a unilateral labyrinthectomy (UL), vestibular modulation of SSs in Purkinje cells ipsilateral to the UL remains intact. Two inhibitory interneurons, Golgi and stellate cells, could potentially contribute to climbing fiber-induced modulation of SSs. However, during sinusoidal roll-tilt, only stellate cells discharge appropriately out of phase with the discharge of SSs. Golgi cells discharge in phase with SSs. When the vestibularly modulated discharge is blocked by a microlesion of the inferior olive, the modulated discharge of CSs and SSs is also blocked. When the vestibular mossy fiber pathway is destroyed, vestibular modulation of ipsilateral CSs and SSs persists. We conclude that climbing fibers are primarily responsible for the vestibularly modulated discharge of both CSs and SSs. Modulation of the discharge of SSs is likely caused by climbing fiber-evoked stellate cell inhibition. PMID:26424151

  9. Schwannoma vestibular: involução tumoral espontânea / Vestibular Schwannoma: spontaneous tumor involution

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    Norma de Oliveira, Penido; Rodrigo P., Tangerina; Eduardo Macoto, Kosugi; Carlos Eduardo Cesário de, Abreu; Matheus Brandão, Vasco.

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available A história natural dos schwannomas vestibulares ainda não está totalmente elucidada, mas sua maioria tende a apresentar crescimento lento, muitos permanecendo sem sintomas durante toda a vida do paciente. Cerca de 69% deste tipo de tumor diagnosticados não apresentam crescimento e, destes, 16% chega [...] m a apresentar regressão tumoral. Considerando os tumores que apresentam crescimento, cerca de 70% crescem menos de 2 mm ao ano. O avanço nos métodos de diagnóstico por imagem, particularmente à ressonância magnética com contraste de gadolínio, permite o diagnóstico cada vez mais de lesões com sintomas mínimos e tamanhos menores. O tratamento de escolha para estes tumores ainda é a ressecção completa do tumor. As técnicas cirúrgicas apresentaram grande avanço nas últimas décadas, o que possibilitou diminuição da mortalidade. Assim, a cirurgia, que antes tinha como objetivo apenas a ressecção completa do tumor, agora visa também à preservação da audição e da função do nervo facial. Considerações finais: Considerando-se sua história natural, abre-se a possibilidade de uma conduta conservadora já que o ritmo de crescimento no primeiro ano após o diagnóstico prediz o comportamento do tumor nos próximos anos. A conduta conservadora não implica em repúdio à cirurgia, devendo ser utilizada em casos de aumento tumoral, piora dos sintomas ou desejo do paciente. Além disso, em relatos de literatura não há diferença estatisticamente significante entre os pacientes submetidos à cirurgia logo após o diagnóstico ou após conduta conservadora inicial, no que diz respeito às seqüelas pós-operatórias. Abstract in english The natural history of Vestibular Schwannomas (VS) is yet not totally known, but most of them have the tendency to slow growth, sometimes without any kind of symptoms during the individual’s entire time. About 69% of diagnosed VS do not grow at all and 16% of these can even regress. Considering tumo [...] rs that grow, about 70% have grown less than 2mm an year. Advanced radiological diagnosis, especially magnetic resonance imaging with gadolinium helps us diagnose small and less symptomatic tumors. Treatment of choice still is complete tumor resection. Surgical approaches have improved considerably and have helped preserve facial nerve function and hearing. Considering VS’s natural history, there is a possibility for conservative treatment for these tumors, because their growth in the first year after diagnosis predicts tumor growth behavior in the next years. Surgery should be done in cases of tumor growth, patient’s desire or symptoms worsening. Moreover, in terms of postoperative sequelae, there is no difference between patients who underwent surgery immediately after diagnosis and those who underwent initial conservative treatment for these tumors.

  10. Schwannoma vestibular: involução tumoral espontânea Vestibular Schwannoma: spontaneous tumor involution

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    Norma de Oliveira Penido

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available A história natural dos schwannomas vestibulares ainda não está totalmente elucidada, mas sua maioria tende a apresentar crescimento lento, muitos permanecendo sem sintomas durante toda a vida do paciente. Cerca de 69% deste tipo de tumor diagnosticados não apresentam crescimento e, destes, 16% chegam a apresentar regressão tumoral. Considerando os tumores que apresentam crescimento, cerca de 70% crescem menos de 2 mm ao ano. O avanço nos métodos de diagnóstico por imagem, particularmente à ressonância magnética com contraste de gadolínio, permite o diagnóstico cada vez mais de lesões com sintomas mínimos e tamanhos menores. O tratamento de escolha para estes tumores ainda é a ressecção completa do tumor. As técnicas cirúrgicas apresentaram grande avanço nas últimas décadas, o que possibilitou diminuição da mortalidade. Assim, a cirurgia, que antes tinha como objetivo apenas a ressecção completa do tumor, agora visa também à preservação da audição e da função do nervo facial. Considerações finais: Considerando-se sua história natural, abre-se a possibilidade de uma conduta conservadora já que o ritmo de crescimento no primeiro ano após o diagnóstico prediz o comportamento do tumor nos próximos anos. A conduta conservadora não implica em repúdio à cirurgia, devendo ser utilizada em casos de aumento tumoral, piora dos sintomas ou desejo do paciente. Além disso, em relatos de literatura não há diferença estatisticamente significante entre os pacientes submetidos à cirurgia logo após o diagnóstico ou após conduta conservadora inicial, no que diz respeito às seqüelas pós-operatórias.The natural history of Vestibular Schwannomas (VS is yet not totally known, but most of them have the tendency to slow growth, sometimes without any kind of symptoms during the individual’s entire time. About 69% of diagnosed VS do not grow at all and 16% of these can even regress. Considering tumors that grow, about 70% have grown less than 2mm an year. Advanced radiological diagnosis, especially magnetic resonance imaging with gadolinium helps us diagnose small and less symptomatic tumors. Treatment of choice still is complete tumor resection. Surgical approaches have improved considerably and have helped preserve facial nerve function and hearing. Considering VS’s natural history, there is a possibility for conservative treatment for these tumors, because their growth in the first year after diagnosis predicts tumor growth behavior in the next years. Surgery should be done in cases of tumor growth, patient’s desire or symptoms worsening. Moreover, in terms of postoperative sequelae, there is no difference between patients who underwent surgery immediately after diagnosis and those who underwent initial conservative treatment for these tumors.

  11. Interactive Healthcare Systems in the Home: Vestibular Rehabilitation

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    Aarhus, Rikke; Grönvall, Erik; Larsen, Simon Bo

    Vestibular dysfunction is a balance disorder, causing dizziness that provokes discomfort and fall situations. This paper discusses early results from a project that aims to develop assistive technologies to support home-based rehabilitation for elderly affected by Vestibular dysfunction....

  12. The developmental segregation of posterior crista and saccular vestibular fibers in mice: a carbocyanine tracer study using confocal microscopy

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    Maklad, Adel; Fritzsch, Bernd

    2002-01-01

    The developmental segregation of gravistatic input mediated by saccular fibers and of angular acceleration input mediated by posterior crista (PC) fibers was analyzed for the first time in a developing mammal using carbocyanine dye tracing in fixed tissue. The data reveal a more extensive projection of either endorgan in 7-day-old mice (P7) than has previously been reported in adult mammals. While we confirm and extend many previous findings, we also describe a novel segregation of saccular and posterior crista fibers in the anterior half of the medial vestibular nucleus (Mv) not reported before. Our developmental analysis shows a progressive segregation of posterior crista and saccular fibers to their respective discrete projection areas between embryonic day 15 (E15) and birth (P0). Retention of overlap in young adult animals appears to reflect the early embryonic overlap found in most areas. The vestibular projection does not show a topological projection as has been described in many other sensory systems. We propose that the unique projection features of the vestibular endorgans may relate to the transformation of vestibular signals into a motor output in the three neuron reflex arc of the VOR, of which the primary vestibular projection constitutes the first leg.

  13. A função vestibular em indivíduos usuários de implante coclear Vestibular function in cochlear implant users

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    Ariane Solci Bonucci

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available A ocorrência de alteração no equilíbrio no período pós-cirúrgico ao implante coclear varia de 31 a 75%. OBJETIVO: Analisar a função vestibular no período pré e pós-operatório da cirurgia de implante coclear. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Avaliou-se a função vestibular, por meio da vectoeletronistagmografia, de 38 pacientes, no pré e pós-cirúrgico de implante coclear. RESULTADOS: A principal queixa de desequilíbrio apresentada pelos pacientes foi a tontura, seguida pela vertigem postural e pela vertigem não-postural. Dos 38 pacientes avaliados, 13% deixaram de apresentar desequilíbrio após a cirurgia de implante coclear e apenas 5% referiram piora. Houve uma melhora na sintomatologia vestibular em 13% dos pacientes, sendo que esta possibilidade pode estar relacionada ao fenômeno de compensação vestibular e pela estimulação elétrica. Entretanto, foi observada na prova calórica uma piora na funcionalidade do sistema vestibular, tanto na orelha implantada como na orelha não-implantada. Assim, não há tendência de maior comprometimento na orelha implantada. CONCLUSÃO: O estudo demonstrou que o implante coclear pode comprometer o sistema vestibular em ambas as orelhas. Entretanto, a sintomatologia vestibular ocorre em menor proporção, podendo haver melhora no desequilíbrio após a cirurgia do implante coclear.Balance alterations in the postoperative of cochlear implant surgeries varies from 31 to 75%. AIM: to analyze vestibular function in the pre and postoperative periods of cochlear implanted individuals. MATERIALS AND METHODS: the vestibular function was assessed, through electronystagmography, in 38 patients, in the pre and postoperative of cochlear implant procedures. RESULTS: The main complaint of unbalance reported by patients was dizziness, followed by postural vertigo and non-postural vertigo. Results: 13% of the patients did not show any balance disorder following cochlear implant surgery and just 5% showed symptoms worsening. 13 % of the patients showed an improvement, and this could be related to the vestibular compensation phenomenon and to electric stimulation. However, it was observed, in the caloric responses, a worsening in the vestibular system function, for both implanted and non-implanted ears. Thus, there is no evidence of more damage to the implanted ear. CONCLUSION: the study showed that cochlear implant surgeries could injure the vestibular system in both ears. However, the vestibular symptoms take place in a smaller proportion, and can improve after cochlear implant surgery.

  14. Tests of walking balance for screening vestibular disorders

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    Cohen, Helen S; Mulavara, Ajitkumar P.; Peters, Brian T.; Sangi-Haghpeykar, Haleh; Bloomberg, Jacob J

    2012-01-01

    Few reliable tests are available for screening people rapidly for vestibular disorders although such tests would be useful for a variety of testing situations. Balance testing is widely performed but of unknown value for screening. The goal of this study was to determine the value of tests of walking balance for screening people with vestibular impairments. We tested three groups of patients with known vestibular impairments: benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, unilateral vestibular weaknes...

  15. The thalamocortical vestibular system in animals and humans

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    Lopez, Christophe; Blanke, Olaf

    2011-01-01

    The vestibular system provides the brain with sensory signals about three-dimensional head rotations and translations. These signals are important for postural and oculomotor control, as well as for spatial and bodily perception and cognition, and they are subtended by pathways running from the vestibular nuclei to the thalamus, cerebellum and the "vestibular cortex." The present review summarizes current knowledge on the anatomy of the thalamocortical vestibular system and discusses data fro...

  16. Comparação de diferentes protocolos de reabilitação vestibular em pacientes com disfunções vestibulares periféricas / Comparison of different protocols for vestibular rehabilitation in patients with peripheral vestibular disorders

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    Pâmela Garcia, Morozetti; Cristina Freitas, Ganança; Brasília Maria, Chiari.

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar a eficácia terapêutica de dois protocolos de reabilitação vestibular em diferentes disfunções vestibulares. MÉTODOS: Participaram 20 pacientes com disfunções periféricas crônicas, de ambos os gêneros (prevalência do gênero feminino, com 60% da amostra), com média de idade de 55 an [...] os e 9 meses. O Grupo 1 realizou exercícios baseados na estimulação do reflexo vestíbulocular vertical e horizontal, e o Grupo 2 realizou exercícios baseados em um protocolo de reabilitação vestibular personalizado. A análise de dados levou em consideração a queixa durante a anamnese e a evolução clínica do paciente a partir da execução dos exercícios. Além disso, foram obtidos os resultados do questionário Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI) e da escala analógica e visual de tontura (EVA), pré e pós reabilitação vestibular. RESULTADOS: Houve diferença nos valores da EVA e do DHI (escala física, funcional e no valor total), pré e pós-reabilitação vestibular, em ambos os grupos. Porém, na comparação dos dois grupos no momento pós-reabilitação, o Grupo 2 obteve melhores resultados que o Grupo 1, tanto na EVA quanto no DHI (escala funcional e no valor total). CONCLUSÃO: A reabilitação vestibular possibilitou melhora significativa do quadro otoneurológico clínico e na auto-percepção da tontura independentemente da terapêutica empregada. A reabilitação vestibular personalizada mostrou-se mais eficaz do que o protocolo de estimulação do reflexo vestibulocular na melhora da qualidade de vida de indivíduos com disfunções periféricas crônicas Abstract in english PURPOSE: To compare the therapeutic efficacy of two protocols for vestibular rehabilitation in several vestibular disordes. METHODS: Twenty patients with chronic peripheral disorders of both genders (prevalence of females, with 60% of the sample) and mean age of 55 years and 9 months participated in [...] this study. Group 1 carried out exercices based on stimulation of vertical and horizontal vestibulocular reflex, and Group 2 carried out exercices based on a protocol of personalized vestibular rehabilitation. Data analysis considered the complaint manifested during anamnesis and the clinical evolution of the patient during the execution of the exercises. The results obtained from the application of the Dizziness Handicap Inventory questionnaire (DHI) and the dizziness visual analog scale (VAS), both before and after vestibular rehabilitation, were also considered in the analysis. RESULTS: Differences were found in the values obtained in VAS and DHI (physical and functional scales and total score), in both groups. However, the comparison of the groups after rehabilitation showed that Group 2 obtained better scores than Group 1, both in VAS and DHI (functional scale and total value). CONCLUSION: Vestibular rehabilitation allowed significant improvement in otoneurological clinical profile and in self-perception of dizziness, regardless the therapeutic method used. Personalized vestibular rehabilitation was more efficient than the vestibulocular reflex stimulation protocol in improving quality of life of individuals with chronic periferal disorders

  17. Vestibular Schwannoma or acoustic neuroma

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    Hekmatara M

    1997-04-01

    Full Text Available Vestibular schwannoma is the most common tumor of the posterior fossa of the skull. Patients referred with the primary otologic symptoms such as hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, imbalance, and the cranial nerve palsy. Thirty-three patients were operated and treated by a team of otolaryngologist and neurosurgeon, anudiometrist, and internist. Patients'chiefcomplaint was due to 94% hearing loss and 27% tinnitus. They scarcely complain of vertigo. If a patient refers with the palsy or paralysis of facial nerve preoperation, we must think of the facial nerve schwannoma or hemangioma or congential cholestoma or malignant metastases rather than acoustic neuroma. The best way for preoperative diagnosis is audiometry, ABR (Auditory Brain Response, and SDS (speech discrimination score with 90% success, but computer Tomography (CT scan and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Image are the valuable anatomic diagnostic radiographic devices. The best method of operation is translabirynthine approach (TLA, since it has the advantages such as an easy access to nerve paths and being the nearest path to CPA (Cerebellopontine Angle. Physicians ought to talk to patients about the importance of the microscopic surgery, surgical methods, and their probable diverse effects such as hearing loss, facial nerve palsy, and intracranial problems.

  18. Caloric vestibular stimulation modulates nociceptive evoked potentials.

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    Ferrè, Elisa Raffaella; Haggard, Patrick; Bottini, Gabriella; Iannetti, Gian Domenico

    2015-12-01

    Vestibular stimulation has been reported to alleviate central pain. Clinical and physiological studies confirm pervasive interactions between vestibular signals and somatosensory circuits, including nociception. However, the neural mechanisms underlying vestibular-induced analgesia remain unclear, and previous clinical studies cannot rule out explanations based on alternative, non-specific effects such as distraction or placebo. To investigate how vestibular inputs influence nociception, we combined caloric vestibular stimulation (CVS) with psychophysical and electrocortical responses elicited by nociceptive-specific laser stimulation in humans (laser-evoked potentials, LEPs). Cold water CVS applied to the left ear resulted in significantly lower subjective pain intensity for experimental laser pain to the left hand immediately after CVS, relative both to before CVS and to 1 h after CVS. This transient reduction in pain perception was associated with reduced amplitude of all LEP components, including the early N1 wave reflecting the first arrival of nociceptive input to primary somatosensory cortex. We conclude that cold left ear CVS elicits a modulation of both nociceptive processing and pain perception. The analgesic effect induced by CVS could be mediated either by subcortical gating of the ascending nociceptive input, or by direct modulation of the primary somatosensory cortex. PMID:26282602

  19. Quality of life of individuals submitted to vestibular rehabilitation / Qualidade de vida de indivíduos submetidos à reabilitação vestibular

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    Olívia Helena Gomes, Patatas; Cristina Freitas, Ganança; Fernando Freitas, Ganança.

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Desordens do equilíbrio comprometem atividades sociais, familiares e profissionais. A reabilitação vestibular pode reduzir o impacto dessas desordens na qualidade de vida dos indivíduos vertiginosos. OBJETIVO: Verificar a influência da reabilitação vestibular sobre a qualidade de vida dos indivíduos [...] , correlacionando-a com gênero, idade, resultado da vectoeletronistagmografia computadorizada e presença de vertigem. Forma de Estudo: Retrospectivo. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Vinte e dois indivíduos foram submetidos à reabilitação vestibular personalizada e ao Dizziness Handicap Inventory - DHI brasileiro - pré e pós-reabilitação vestibular. Os resultados desse questionário foram correlacionados com as variáveis gênero, idade, avaliação vestibular e presença de tontura do tipo vertigem. RESULTADOS: Todos os escores do DHI diminuíram significantemente após reabilitação vestibular. Não houve diferença entre gêneros; adultos e idosos; síndromes vestibulares periféricas Irritativas, Deficitárias e exames Normais; e presença ou não de vertigem. CONCLUSÃO: Todos os indivíduos obtiveram melhora na qualidade de vida após a reabilitação vestibular personalizada. Abstract in english Balance disorders affect social, family and professional activities. Vestibular rehabilitation can reduce the impact of these disorders on the quality of life of individuals with vertigo. AIM: to study the influence of vestibular rehabilitation on the quality of life of individuals, correlating it w [...] ith gender, age, results from computerized vectoelectronystagmography and vertigo. Study type: Retrospective. MATERIALS AND METHODS:Twenty-two individuals were submitted to customized vestibular rehabilitation and the Brazilian Dizziness Handicap Inventory - DHI before and after vestibular rehabilitation. Results from this questionnaire were correlated with gender, age, vestibular assessment and the presence of vertigo. RESULTS: all the DHI scores reduced significantly after vestibular rehabilitation. There were no differences among genders; adults and elderly patients; irritative peripheral vestibular syndromes; deficiency syndromes and normal exams; the presence or absence of vertigo. CONCLUSION: all the individuals had improvements in their quality of life after customized vestibular rehabilitation.

  20. Functional stochastic resonance in human baroreflex induced by 1/f-type noisy galvanic vestibular stimulation

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    Soma, Rika; Kwak, Shin; Yamamoto, Yoshiharu

    2003-05-01

    We hypothesized that 1/f noise is more beneficial than the conventional white noise in optimizing the brain's response to a weak input signal, and showed that externally added 1/f noise outperforms white noise in sensitizing human baroreflex centers in the brain. We examined the compensatory heart rate response to weak periodic signal introduced at the venous blood pressure receptor, while adding either 1/f or white noise with the same variance to the brain stem by electrically stimulating the bilateral vestibular afferents cutaneously. This stochastic galvanic vestibular stimulation, activating the vestibulo-sympathetic pathway in the brain stem, optimized covariance between weak input signals and the heart rate responses both with 1/f and white noise. Further, the optimal noise level with 1/f noise was significantly lower than that with white noise, suggesting the functional benefit of 1/f noise for the neuronal information transfer in the brain.

  1. The vestibular nuclei and vestibuloreticular connections in the mallard (Anas platyrhynchos L.). An anterograde and retrograde tracing study.

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    Tellegen, A J; Arends, J J; Dubbeldam, J L

    2001-01-01

    The vestibular apparatus provides information about the position and movements of the head. Craniocervical muscles position the head with respect to the upper part of the neck. Motoneurons innervating these muscles are located in the supraspinal nucleus and ventral horn of the rostral cervical cord. Premotor neurons of craniocervical muscles have been found in the medial two-thirds of the medullary reticular formation: the ventromedial part of the parvocellular reticular formation and the gigantocellular reticular formation. In the present study, projections from vestibular nuclei upon craniocervical premotor neurons were investigated using anterograde and retrograde tracers. Vestibulospinal fibers run bilaterally in the medial vestibulospinal tract and ipsilaterally in the lateral vestibulospinal tract. Vestibuloreticular projections are mainly ipsilateral, and originate from the n. vestibularis lateralis pars ventralis and pars dorsalis, and from the n. vestibularis descendens. Terminal labeling is found in the border zone between the parvocellular and gigantocellular reticular formation. These projections show that in addition to direct bilateral vestibulo-craniocervical projections an indirect vestibular pathway to craniocervical motor nuclei exists. The direct pathway probably is the neural substrate for the vestibulocollic reflex, whereas the vestibular projection upon the reticular formation might influence head orientation during various kinds of activities, such as pecking, preening and so on. PMID:11964497

  2. Achados vestibulares em pacientes portadores de fibromialgia / Vestibular findings in fibromyalgia patients

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    Bianca Simone, Zeigelboim; Denise Nunnes, Moreira.

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A fibromialgia (FM) é uma síndrome musculoesquelética não inflamatória, de caráter crônico, de etiologia desconhecida, caracterizada por dor difusa, aumento da sensibilidade na palpação e por sintomas como fadiga, insônia, ansiedade, depressão, intolerância ao frio e queixas otológicas. [...] OBJETIVO: Avaliar o comportamento vestibular em pacientes portadores de fibromialgia. MÉTODO: Foi realizado um estudo retrospectivo de corte transversal. Avaliaram-se 25 pacientes na faixa etária entre 26 e 65 anos (média de idade - 52,2 anos e desvio padrão - 10,3 anos), submetidos aos seguintes procedimentos: anamnese, avaliação otorrinolaringológica e vestibular por meio da vectoeletronistagmografia. RESULTADOS: a) Os sintomas otoneurológicos mais evidenciados foram: dificuldade ou dor ao movimento do pescoço e dor irradiada para ombro ou braço (92,0%) em cada, tontura (84,0%) e cefaleia (76,0%). Os sintomas clínicos diversos mais relatados foram: depressão (80,0%), ansiedade (76,0%) e insônia (72,0%); b) O exame vestibular esteve alterado em 12 pacientes (48,0%) sendo localizado na prova calórica; c) Houve prevalência de alteração no sistema vestibular periférico e, d) Houve predomínio das disfunções vestibulares periféricas deficitárias. CONCLUSÃO: Este estudo permitiu verificar a importância do exame labiríntico o que ressalta que esse tipo de população deveria ser melhor estudada, uma vez que diversas doenças reumatológicas pelas suas manifestações e áreas de comprometimento podem gerar alterações vestibulares importantes. Abstract in english INTRODUCTION: Fibromyalgia (FM) is a non-inflammatory musculoskeletal chronic syndrome, whose etiology is unknown, characterized by a diffuse pain, increase in palpation sensitivity and such symptoms as tiredness, insomnia, anxiety, depression, cold intolerance and otologic complaints. OBJECTIVE: Ev [...] aluate the vestibular behavior in fibromyalgia patients. METHOD: A retrospective transversal study was performed. 25 patients aged between 26 and 65 (average age - 52. 2 and standard deviation - 10. 3) were evaluated and submitted to the following procedures: anamnesis, otorhinolaryngologic and vestibular evaluation by way of vector electronystamography. RESULTS: a) The most evident otoneurologic symptoms were: difficulty or pain when moving the neck and pain was spread to an arm or shoulder (92. 0%) in each, dizziness (84. 0%) and headache (76. 0%). The different clinical symptoms mostly reported were: depression (80. 0%), anxiety (76. 0%) and insomnia (72. 0%); b) vestibular examination showed an alteration in 12 patients (48. 0%) in the caloric test; c) an alteration in the peripheral vestibular system prevailed, and d) deficient peripheral vestibular disorders were prevalent. CONCLUSION: This study enabled the importance of the labyrinthic test to be verified, thus emphasizing that this kind of people must be studied better, since a range of rheumatologic diseases can cause severe vestibular changes as a result of their manifestations and impairment areas.

  3. Diagnóstico e tratamento das principais síndromes vestibulares Diagnosis and treatment of the most frequent vestibular syndromes

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    Aline Mizuta Kozoroski Kanashiro

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Os objetivos deste estudo foram identificar as síndromes vestibulares mais comuns nos ambulatórios de vertigem, suas características clínicas e semiológicas, e observar a resposta ao tratamento específico. Foram estudados retrospectivamente 515 pacientes atendidos em ambulatórios de duas instituições e avaliados aspectos da anamnese, exame físico e a resposta ao tratamento. As síndromes mais freqüentes foram: vertigem de posicionamento paroxística benigna (VPPB (28,5%, vertigem postural fóbica (11,5%, vertigem central (10,1%, neurite vestibular (9,7%, doença de Menière (8,5%, enxaqueca (6,4%. Houve boa resposta ao tratamento nos pacientes com enxaqueca (78,8%, VPPB (64%, neurite vestibular (62%, doença de Menière (54,5% e paroxismia vestibular (54,5%, enquanto pacientes com nistagmo para baixo e vestibulopatia bilateral não tiveram resposta satisfatória (52,6% e 42,8% respectivamente. As síndromes vestibulares foram diagnosticadas através da anamnese e exame físico com testes clínicos específicos para avaliação da função vestibular. A identificação destas síndromes permitiu o tratamento adequado levando a uma boa evolução.The aims of this study were to identify the most common vestibular syndromes in a dizziness unit, and to observe their clinical aspects and response to treatment. Five hundred and fifteen patients were studied retrospectively in two institutions. Aspects of anamnesis, physical examination and the response to treatment were evaluated. The most frequent syndromes were: benign paroxysmal positioning vertigo (VPPB (28.5%, phobic postural vertigo (11.5%, central vertigo (10.1%, vestibular neuritis (9.7%, Menière disease (8.5%, and migraine (6.4%. A good response to treatment was observed in most patients with migraine (78.8%, VPPB (64%, vestibular neuritis (62%, Menière disease (54.5% and vestibular paroxismia (54.5%. On the other hand, patients with downbeat nystagmus and bilateral vestibulopathy had poor response (52.6% and 42.8%, respectively. The diagnosis of these most frequent vestibular syndromes were established through anamnesis and physical examination (with specific clinical tests for evaluation of the vestibular function. The correct diagnosis and adequate treatment are important since these syndromes may have a good prognosis.

  4. Avaliação vestibular em mulheres com disfunção temporomandibular Vestibular evaluation in women with temporomandibular dysfunction

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    Bianca Simone Zeigelboim

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar o comportamento vestibular em pacientes com disfunção temporomandibular. MÉTODOS: avaliaram-se 27 pacientes do sexo feminino, na faixa etária de 30 a 53 anos, encaminhadas do Centro de Diagnóstico e Tratamento da Articulação Temporomandibular para o Laboratório de Otoneurologia da Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná. Realizaram-se os seguintes procedimentos: anamnese, inspeção otológica e avaliação vestibular por meio da vectoeletronistagmografia. RESULTADOS: as queixas mais freqüentes foram: dificuldade ou dor ao movimento do pescoço (77,7%, dor irradiada para ombro/braço (77,7%, zumbido e formigamento de extremidade superior (77,7%, tontura e dor de cabeça (66,6%, ansiedade (55,5%, sensação de cabeça oca (51,8%, agitação durante o sono (51,8% e depressão (51,8%. O exame vestibular esteve alterado em 20 pacientes (74,0% na prova calórica. Houve freqüência de alteração no sistema vestibular periférico. Houve predomínio das síndromes vestibulares periféricas deficitárias. CONCLUSÃO: ressalta-se a importância de se estudar a relação do sistema vestibular com a disfunção temporomandibular uma vez que observamos, na presente pesquisa, um número elevado de alteração no exame labiríntico.PURPOSE: to evaluate the vestibular functioning in patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction. METHODS: 27 female patients were evaluated, with age varying from 30 to 53-year-old, referred from the Centre of Diagnosis and Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction to the Otoneurological Laboratory of Tuiuti University of Paraná. The following exams were carried out: anamnesis, otoscopy and vestibular evaluations through vectoelectronystagmography. RESULTS: the most frequent complaints were: difficulty or pain with movement of the neck (77.7%, pain irradiated to the shoulder/arm (77.7%, tinnitus and paresthesia of superior extremities (77.7% in each one, dizziness and headaches (66,6%, anxiety (55.5%, empty head sensations, agitation during sleep and depression (51.8% in each one. The vestibular exam showed alterations in 20 patients (74.0% in the caloric test. There was a prevalence of alterations in the peripheral vestibular system. There was a prevalence of deficient peripheral vestibular syndrome. CONCLUSION: the importance of studying the relationship between the vestibular system and temporomandibular joint dysfunction is emphasized, since a high number of alterations in the labyrinthic exam have been noted in this research.

  5. Vestibular Ganglion as a Model System of Vital-neural Centre During Embryonic Development

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    A.G. Pillay

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Chick embryos at different stages of development till hatching as well as vestibular ganglia of the adult were fixed in formol-saline. Serial sections were stained by Cresyl Fast Violet to analyse the results in the vestibular ganglion. Neurones were categorised and counted. The appearance of a few light cells on Embryonic day 6 (E6 might indirectly indicate the beginning of an early establishment of functional connections in the vestibular ganglion in contrast to most other ganglia studied. The fluctuation in the number of cells during embryonic development may be considered as a normal process for the purpose of re-arrangement for better organisation in order to perform an efficient function. Volume of the vestibular ganglion is the greatest on Embryonic-day 18 (E18 during the whole ontogeny even though its rostro-caudal length is greatest in the adult. This is in contrast to that observed in several other ganglia where the ganglionic volume is the greatest in the adult situation. The reduction or loss of ganglionic neurones in the adult in comparison to that observed on the day of hatching might indicate a functional reduction as a result of ageing process. The appearance of an increased number of tiny cells in the adult in comparison to that observed on the day of hatching is different and peculiar from that observed in other ganglia studied. These new cells are probably derived from active mitoses of reserved neuroblasts. This possibly provides an attempt to replace the inactive / or dead cells during ageing process.

  6. Galvanic vestibular stimulation: a novel modulatory countermeasure for vestibular-associated movement disorders / Estimulação galvânica vestibular para corrigir transtornos neurológicos associados à disfunção vestibular

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    Carlos V., Rizzo-Sierra; Alexander, Gonzalez-Castaño; Fidias E., Leon-Sarmiento.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A cinetose ou doença do movimento resulta de uma resposta neural anormal originada do desequilíbrio entre estímulos visuais, proprioceptivos e vestibulares, que melhora quando esse desequilíbrio é corrigido. A síndrome de adaptação espacial ou doença do espaço está relacionada à doença do movimento [...] e é desencadeada por mudanças bruscas de direção, inclinação e rotação da cabeça. Têm sido propostas várias medidas comportamentais e farmacológicas para controlar esses transtornos do movimento associados com o sistema vestibular, mas sem sucesso. A estimulação galvânica vestibular pode regular o desequilíbrio sensitivo-motor causado pela cinetose e pela doença do espaço modulando os canais iônicos GABA, relacionados à transmissão de impulsos nervosos no ouvido interno. Essa estimulação melhora a relação sinal-ruído dos impulsos proprioceptivos que acabam modulando a resposta motora, restabelecendo o equilíbrio e a marcha, recuperando a desorientação espacial causada pelos diversos gradientes de gravidade. Abstract in english Motion sickness or kinetosis is the result of the abnormal neural output originated by visual, proprioceptive and vestibular mismatch, which reverses once the dysfunctional sensory information becomes coherent. The space adaptation syndrome or space sickness relates to motion sickness; it is conside [...] red to be due to yaw, pith, and roll coordinates mismatch. Several behavioural and pharmacological measures have been proposed to control these vestibular-associated movement disorders with no success. Galvanic vestibular stimulation has the potential of up-regulating disturbed sensory-motor mismatch originated by kinetosis and space sickness by modulating the GABA-related ion channels neural transmission in the inner ear. It improves the signal-to-noise ratio of the afferent proprioceptive volleys, which would ultimately modulate the motor output restoring the disordered gait, balance and human locomotion due to kinetosis, as well as the spatial disorientation generated by gravity transition.

  7. VESTIBULAR NASAL STENOSIS. A clinical case

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    A. Fernández Rodríguez

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Iatrogenic vestibular stenosis is a blockage of the nasal vestibule caused by adisruption of the vestibular lining with secondary proliferation of fibrous tissue scar and granulation. It is more common as a result of foreign body reaction or nasal trauma. The lesions usually include the lobby and the anterior inferior turbinate. We report the case of a girl of eleven, with a complete and recurrent stenosis of the right nasal vestibule, and whose history was spent in the incubator at birth and feeding tube during this period with repeated aspirations traumatic nostril.

  8. Vestibular schwannoma: anatomical, medical and surgical perspective

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    Ashfaq Ul Hassan; Ghulam Hassan; Zahida Rasool

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    The term "acoustic" is a misnomer, as the tumor rarely arises from the acoustic (or cochlear) division of the vestibulocochlear nerve. The correct medical term is vestibular schwannoma, because it involves the vestibular portion of the 8th cranial nerve. They are benign, rather rare tumors. They expand in size and grow larger; they can push against the brain. While the tumor does not actually invade the brain, the pressure of the tumor can displace brain tissue. [Int J Res Med Sci 2013; 1(3.0...

  9. Vestibular schwannoma: anatomical, medical and surgical perspective

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    Ashfaq Ul Hassan

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The term "acoustic" is a misnomer, as the tumor rarely arises from the acoustic (or cochlear division of the vestibulocochlear nerve. The correct medical term is vestibular schwannoma, because it involves the vestibular portion of the 8th cranial nerve. They are benign, rather rare tumors. They expand in size and grow larger; they can push against the brain. While the tumor does not actually invade the brain, the pressure of the tumor can displace brain tissue. [Int J Res Med Sci 2013; 1(3.000: 178-182

  10. From ear to uncertainty: Vestibular contributions to cognitive function.

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    Paul Smith

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    Full Text Available In addition to the deficits in the vestibulo-ocular and vestibulo-spinal reflexes that occur following vestibular dysfunction, there is substantial evidence that vestibular loss also causes cognitive disorders, some of which may be due to the reflexive deficits and some of which are related to the role that ascending vestibular pathways to the limbic system and cortex play in spatial orientation. In this review we summarise the evidence that vestibular loss causes cognitive disorders, especially spatial memory deficits, in animals and humans and critically evaluate the evidence that these deficits are not due to hearing loss, problems with motor control, oscillopsia or anxiety and depression. We review the evidence that vestibular lesions affect head direction and place cells as well as the emerging evidence that artificial activation of the vestibular system, using galvanic vestibular stimulation, can modulate cognitive function.

  11. Loss of Afferent Vestibular Input Produces Central Adaptation and Increased Gain of Vestibular Prosthetic Stimulation.

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    Phillips, Christopher; Shepherd, Sarah J; Nowack, Amy; Nie, Kaibao; Kaneko, Chris R S; Rubinstein, Jay T; Ling, Leo; Phillips, James O

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    Implanted vestibular neurostimulators are effective in driving slow phase eye movements in monkeys and humans. Furthermore, increases in slow phase velocity and electrically evoked compound action potential (vECAP) amplitudes occur with increasing current amplitude of electrical stimulation. In intact monkeys, protracted intermittent stimulation continues to produce robust behavioral responses and preserved vECAPs. In lesioned monkeys, shorter duration studies show preserved but with somewhat lower or higher velocity behavioral responses. It has been proposed that such changes are due to central adaptive changes in the electrically elicited vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR). It is equally possible that these differences are due to changes in the vestibular periphery in response to activation of the vestibular efferent system. In order to investigate the site of adaptive change in response to electrical stimulation, we performed transtympanic gentamicin perfusions to induce rapid changes in vestibular input in monkeys with long-standing stably functioning vestibular neurostimulators, disambiguating the effects of implantation from the effects of ototoxic lesion. Gentamicin injection was effective in producing a large reduction in natural VOR only when it was performed in the non-implanted ear, suggesting that the implanted ear contributed little to the natural rotational response before injection. Injection of the implanted ear produced a reduction in the vECAP responses in that ear, suggesting that the intact hair cells in the non-functional ipsilateral ear were successfully lesioned by gentamicin, reducing the efficacy of stimulation in that ear. Despite this, injection of both ears produced central plastic changes that resulted in a dramatically increased slow phase velocity nystagmus elicited by electrical stimulation. These results suggest that loss of vestibular afferent activity, and a concurrent loss of electrically elicited vestibular input, produces an increase in the efficacy of a vestibular neurostimulator by eliciting centrally adapted behavioral responses without concurrent adaptive increase of galvanic afferent activation in the periphery. PMID:26438271

  12. Asymmetry of balance responses to monaural galvanic vestibular stimulation in subjects with vestibular schwannoma?

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    Welgampola, M. S.; Ramsay, E; Gleeson, M. J.; Day, B.L.

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    OBJECTIVE: We investigated the potential of galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) to quantify lateralised asymmetry of the vestibulospinal pathways by measuring balance responses to monaural GVS in 10 subjects with vestibular schwannoma and 22 healthy control subjects. METHODS: Subjects standing without vision were stimulated with 3s, 1mA direct current stimuli delivered monaurally. The mean magnitude and direction of the evoked balance responses in the horizontal plane were measured from gro...

  13. Vestibular Dysfunctions in Cochlear Implant Patients; A Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential Study

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    Full Text Available Background and Aim: Vestibular evoked myogenic potential in response to click or short tone burst stimuli have been used as a clinical test for distinguish saccule and inferior vestibular nerve diseases. Different studies show that cochlear implant could have inverse effects on vestibular structures. We aimed to investigate vestibular evoked myogenic potential in unilateral cochlear implanted individuals in compare to normal individuals.Methods: Thirty-three unilateral cochlear implanted patients (mean age 19.96 years and 30 normal hearing individuals (mean age 24-27 years as control group were enrolled in this cross- sectional study. Absolute latencies and amplitudes of myogenic potential responses were measured and compared in both groups.Results: Myogenic potential recorded in both ears of all controls were normal. No response could be recorded in 16 patients (48.48% from both ears. In three patients, responses were recorded in both ears though the amplitude of waves was reduced in implanted ear. Unilateral response could be recorded in 14 patients only in their non-implanted ear.Conclusion: Vestibular evoked myogenic potential test is a useful tool for assessing saccular function in cochlear implant patients. Damages of osseous spiral lamina and basilar membrane after cochlear implantation could result in dysfunctions of vestibular organs specially saccule. It seems that saccule could be easily damaged after cochlear implantation. This would cause absence or reduced amplitudes in myogenic potential.

  14. Response to Vestibular Sensory Events in Autism

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    Kern, Janet K.; Garver, Carolyn R.; Grannemann, Bruce D.; Trivedi, Madhukar H.; Carmody, Thomas; Andrews, Alonzo A.; Mehta, Jyutika A.

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    The purpose of this study was to examine the response to vestibular sensory events in persons with autism. The data for this study was collected as part of a cross-sectional study that examined sensory processing (using the Sensory Profile) in 103 persons with autism, 3-43 years of age, compared to age- and gender-matched community controls. The…

  15. Vestibular effects on cerebral blood flow

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    Schlegel Todd T

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Humans demonstrate a number of unique adaptations that allow for the maintenance of blood pressure and brain blood flow when upright. While several physiological systems, including cerebral autoregulation, are involved in this adaptation the unique role the vestibular system plays in helping to maintain brain blood flow is just beginning to be elucidated. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that stimulation of the vestibular system, specifically the otoliths organs, would result in changes in cerebral blood flow. Results To test our hypothesis, we stimulated the vestibular organs of 25 healthy subjects by pitch tilt (stimulates both canals and otoliths and by translation on a centrifuge (stimulates otoliths and not the canals at five frequencies: 0.5, 0.25, 0.125 and 0.0625 Hz for 80 sec and 0.03125 Hz for 160 sec. Changes in cerebral flow velocity (by transcranial Doppler and blood pressure (by Finapres were similar during both stimuli and dependent on frequency of stimulation (P 2. Conclusion The experimental results support our hypothesis and provide evidence that activation of the vestibular apparatus, specifically the otolith organs, directly affects cerebral blood flow regulation, independent of blood pressure and end tidal CO2 changes.

  16. Perspectives in vestibular diagnostics and therapy [

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    Ernst, Arneborg

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available [english] Vestibular diagnostics and therapy ist the mirror of technological, scientific and socio-economics trends as are other fields of clinical medicine. These trends have led to a substantial diversification of the field of neurotology.The improvements in diagnostics have been characterized by the introduction of new receptor testing tools (e.g., VEMPs, progress in imaging (e.g., the endolymphatic hydrops and in the description of central-vestibular neuroplasticity. The etiopathology of vestibular disorders has been updated by geneticists (e.g., the description of the COCH gene mutations, the detection of structural abnormalities (e.g., dehiscence syndromes and related disorders (e.g. migraine-associated vertigo. The therapeutic options were extended by re-evaluation of techniques known a long time ago (e.g., saccus exposure, the development of new approaches (e.g., dehiscence repair and the introduction of new drug therapy concepts (e.g., local drug delivery. Implantable, neuroprosthetic solutions have not yet reached experimental safety and validity and are still far away. However, externally worn neuroprosthetic solution were introduced in the rehab of vestibular disorders (e.g., VertiGuard system.These and related trends point into a medical future which is characterized by presbyvertigo as classical sign of the demographic changes ahead, by shortage of financial resources and a medico-legally over-regulated, even hostile environment for physicians in clinical medicine.

  17. Vestibular characterization in the menstrual cycle Caracterização vestibular no ciclo menstrual

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    Cintia Ishii

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Hormonal disorders in the menstrual cycle can affect labyrinthine fluid homeostasis, causing balance and hearing dysfunctions. STUDY DESIGN: Clinical prospective. AIM: compare the results from vestibular tests in young women, in the premenstrual and postmenstrual periods. MATERIALS AND METHODS: twenty women were selected with ages ranging from 18 to 35 years, who were not using any kind of contraceptive method for at least six months, and without vestibular or hearing complaints. The test was carried out in each subject before and after the menstrual period, respecting the limit of ten days before or after menstruation. RESULTS: there was a statistically significant difference in the menstrual cycle phases only in the following vestibular tests: calibration, saccadic movements, PRPD and caloric-induced nystagmus. We also noticed that age; a regular menstrual cycle; hearing loss or dizziness cases in the family; and premenstrual symptoms such as tinnitus, headache, sleep disorders, anxiety, nausea and hyperacusis can interfere in the vestibular test. CONCLUSION: there are differences in the vestibular tests of healthy women when comparing their pre and postmenstrual periods.As alterações hormonais do ciclo menstrual podem comprometer a homeostase dos fluidos labirínticos, gerando alterações no equilíbrio e na audição. FORMA DO ESTUDO: Clínico prospectivo. OBJETIVO: Comparar os resultados dos testes do exame vestibular em mulheres jovens, nos períodos pré e pós-menstrual. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Foram selecionadas vinte mulheres, entre dezoito e trinta e cinco anos, que não fizessem uso de qualquer tipo de anticoncepcional, com audição normal e sem queixas vestibulares. O exame vestibular foi realizado em cada participante no período pré e no período pós-menstrual, em ordem aleatória, e respeitando o limite de até dez dias antes do início da menstruação e até dez dias após o início da menstruação. RESULTADO: Foi observada a presença de diferença estatisticamente significante no ciclo ovariano somente para as provas do exame vestibular de calibração, movimentos sacádicos, prova rotatória pendular decrescente e prova calórica. As variáveis: idade, ciclo menstrual regulado, casos de surdez ou tontura na família, doenças anteriores, e sintomas do período pré-menstrual como zumbido, cefaleia, distúrbio do sono, ansiedade, náusea e hiperacusia também podem interferir no exame otoneurológico. CONCLUSÃO: Há diferenças nos resultados do exame vestibular em mulheres sadias entre os períodos pré e pós menstrual.

  18. Vestibular characterization in the menstrual cycle / Caracterização vestibular no ciclo menstrual

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    Cintia, Ishii; Lucia Kazuko, Nishino; Carlos Alberto Herrerias de, Campos.

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available As alterações hormonais do ciclo menstrual podem comprometer a homeostase dos fluidos labirínticos, gerando alterações no equilíbrio e na audição. FORMA DO ESTUDO: Clínico prospectivo. OBJETIVO: Comparar os resultados dos testes do exame vestibular em mulheres jovens, nos períodos pré e pós-menstrua [...] l. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Foram selecionadas vinte mulheres, entre dezoito e trinta e cinco anos, que não fizessem uso de qualquer tipo de anticoncepcional, com audição normal e sem queixas vestibulares. O exame vestibular foi realizado em cada participante no período pré e no período pós-menstrual, em ordem aleatória, e respeitando o limite de até dez dias antes do início da menstruação e até dez dias após o início da menstruação. RESULTADO: Foi observada a presença de diferença estatisticamente significante no ciclo ovariano somente para as provas do exame vestibular de calibração, movimentos sacádicos, prova rotatória pendular decrescente e prova calórica. As variáveis: idade, ciclo menstrual regulado, casos de surdez ou tontura na família, doenças anteriores, e sintomas do período pré-menstrual como zumbido, cefaleia, distúrbio do sono, ansiedade, náusea e hiperacusia também podem interferir no exame otoneurológico. CONCLUSÃO: Há diferenças nos resultados do exame vestibular em mulheres sadias entre os períodos pré e pós menstrual. Abstract in english Hormonal disorders in the menstrual cycle can affect labyrinthine fluid homeostasis, causing balance and hearing dysfunctions. STUDY DESIGN: Clinical prospective. AIM: compare the results from vestibular tests in young women, in the premenstrual and postmenstrual periods. MATERIALS AND METHODS: twen [...] ty women were selected with ages ranging from 18 to 35 years, who were not using any kind of contraceptive method for at least six months, and without vestibular or hearing complaints. The test was carried out in each subject before and after the menstrual period, respecting the limit of ten days before or after menstruation. RESULTS: there was a statistically significant difference in the menstrual cycle phases only in the following vestibular tests: calibration, saccadic movements, PRPD and caloric-induced nystagmus. We also noticed that age; a regular menstrual cycle; hearing loss or dizziness cases in the family; and premenstrual symptoms such as tinnitus, headache, sleep disorders, anxiety, nausea and hyperacusis can interfere in the vestibular test. CONCLUSION: there are differences in the vestibular tests of healthy women when comparing their pre and postmenstrual periods.

  19. Evaluation of postural control in unilateral vestibular hypofunction / Avaliação do controle postural na hipofunção vestibular unilateral

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    Rafaela Maia, Quitschal; Jackeline Yumi, Fukunaga; Maurício Malavasi, Ganança; Heloísa Helena, Caovilla.

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Pacientes com hipofunção vestibular, achado típico em vestibulopatias periféricas, apresentam alterações de equilíbrio corporal. OBJETIVO: Avaliar o controle postural de pacientes vertiginosos com hipofunção vestibular unilateral. MÉTODO: Trata-se de um estudo clínico transvers [...] al. No total, 25 pacientes vertiginosos com hipofunção vestibular unilateral e um grupo controle homogêneo de 32 indivíduos hígidos foram submetidos à avaliação otoneurológica, incluindo a posturografia do Tetrax Interactive Balance System em oito diferentes condições sensoriais. RESULTADOS: O grupo experimental apresentou valores significantemente maiores do que o grupo controle quanto ao índice de estabilidade geral, índice de distribuição de peso, índice de sincronização da oscilação postural direita/esquerda e dedos/calcanhar, faixas de frequência de oscilação postural (F1, F2-F4, F5-F6, F7-F8) e índice de risco de queda, em diferentes condições sensoriais. CONCLUSÃO: Alterações de distribuição de peso, sincronização da oscilação postural direita/esquerda e dedos/calcanhares, faixas de frequência de oscilação postural e do índice de risco de queda caracterizam o comprometimento do controle postural em pacientes vertiginosos com hipofunção vestibular unilateral. Abstract in english INTRODUCTION: Patients with vestibular hypofunction, a typical finding in peripheral vestibular disorders, show body balance alterations. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the postural control of patients with vertigo and unilateral vestibular hypofunction. METHOD: This is a clinical cross-sectional [...] study. Twenty-five patients with vertigo and unilateral vestibular hypofunction and a homogeneous control group consisting of 32 healthy individuals were submitted to a neurotological evaluation including the Tetrax Interactive Balance System posturography in eight different sensory conditions. RESULTS: For different positions, vertiginous patients with unilateral vestibular hypofunction showed significantly higher values of general stability index, weight distribution index, right/left and tool/heel synchronizations, Fourier transformation index and fall index than controls. CONCLUSION: Increased values in the indices of weight distribution, right/left and tool/heel synchronizations, Fourier transformation and fall risk characterize the impairment of postural control in patients with vertigo and unilateral vestibular hypofunction.

  20. Descripción, interpretación, análisis e importancia del nistagmus inducido por la hiperventilación en el estudio de patologías vestibulares periféricas y centrales Description, interpretation, analysis and importance of hyperventilation -induced nystagmus in the study of the peripheral and central vestibular disorders

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    Alejandro Peña M

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Recientes estudios clínicos han revelado la utilidad del test del nistagmus inducido por la hiperventilación aguda, en la investigación de patologías vestibulares retrolaberínticas, neurales y de origen central, con la aparición de nistagmus paréticos o bien excitatorios. El propósito de este estudio ha sido: primero, conocer la sensibilidad de este examen según el análisis de los estudios de diferentes autores; segundo, entender la fisiopatología de este nistagmus inducido por la hiperventilación y tercero, efectuar una interpretación y análisis de este examen que permita obtener conclusiones sólidas del mejor nivel de medicina basada en evidencias. Para efectuar este estudio y análisis se procedió a una investigación exhaustiva de las publicaciones sobre el tema en los últimos 25 años, recurriendo para ello como fuentes de información a las principales bases de datos biomédicos y a la revisión en texto completo de estas publicaciones. Llamó la atención la escasez de trabajos clínicos publicados sobre el tema que no superan los 40, y también la escasez de trabajos sobre la fisiopatología del nistagmus inducido por la hiperventilación aguda. La metódica del test es muy simple por lo que su utilización resulta muy atractiva, con un escaso número de falsos positivos. La mayor parte de los estudios publicados, se focaliza en su utilización en el schwanoma vestibularyen la neuronitis vestibular. Respecto al schwanoma vestibular de un total de 107 pacientes estudiados el test fue positivo en el 80% de los casos, con aparición de nistagmus ipsilesional o contralesional. En la neuronitis vestibular la positividad del test alcanzó a 60°% de un total de 272 pacientes estudiados y que estaba en relación directa con el tiempo de evolución de la enfermedad. En la esclerosis múltiple, en pacientes con síntomas vestibulares, la positividad del test fue de 75°%, en cambio en aquellos pacientes sin síntomas vestibulares la positividad fue de sólo 7°%. En las enfermedades cerebelosas, particularmente las degenerativas, la positividad de este test fue de 78°%. La pesquisa del nistagmus inducido por la hiperventilación, fue una prueba poco significativa estadísticamente, en otras patologías vestibulares períféricas tales como la enfermedad de Ménière o el VPPB, así como en otras enfermedades vestibulares centrales, salvo las de origen vascular por insuficiencia del sistema vértebro-basilar. El estudio y análisis de las publicaciones sobre el nistagmus inducido por la hiperventilación aguda, permite concluir que es un test de fácil realización; que ante la sospecha de un schwanoma vestibular, orienta en el estudio de aquellos pacientes que requieran un estudio de R.M. Que ayuda en el diagnóstico diferencial de una neuronitisvestibular y finalmente que permite en lesiones vestibulares centrales particularmente degenerativas y vasculares un estudio más profundo y adecuado de estos pacientes.Recent clinical studies have revealed the usefulness of the hyperventilation-induced nystagmus in retrolabyrinthine and central vestibular diseases with the appearance either excitatory (ipsilateral or paretic (contralateral nystagmus. The objectives of this study have been: 1 to get to know the sensitivity of the exam, according to the best literature available; 2 to get to know the physiopathology of this hyperventilation-induced nystagmus, and 3 to carry out an analysis and interpretation of this exam in order to reach solid conclusions of the highest level in evidence based medicine. An exhaustive research of literature published on this topic in the last 25 years was carried out. The main source of information being the most important medical data-based publications and also a thorough revision of these texts. The scarce number of publications on this topic (not more than 40 is what strikes the attention most, as well as the very few studies of the physiopathology of the hyperventilation-induced nystagmus. The method of the test is a simple one; this fact makes its applica

  1. Descripción, interpretación, análisis e importancia del nistagmus inducido por la hiperventilación en el estudio de patologías vestibulares periféricas y centrales / Description, interpretation, analysis and importance of hyperventilation -induced nystagmus in the study of the peripheral and central vestibular disorders

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    Alejandro, Peña M.

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Recientes estudios clínicos han revelado la utilidad del test del nistagmus inducido por la hiperventilación aguda, en la investigación de patologías vestibulares retrolaberínticas, neurales y de origen central, con la aparición de nistagmus paréticos o bien excitatorios. El propósito de este estudi [...] o ha sido: primero, conocer la sensibilidad de este examen según el análisis de los estudios de diferentes autores; segundo, entender la fisiopatología de este nistagmus inducido por la hiperventilación y tercero, efectuar una interpretación y análisis de este examen que permita obtener conclusiones sólidas del mejor nivel de medicina basada en evidencias. Para efectuar este estudio y análisis se procedió a una investigación exhaustiva de las publicaciones sobre el tema en los últimos 25 años, recurriendo para ello como fuentes de información a las principales bases de datos biomédicos y a la revisión en texto completo de estas publicaciones. Llamó la atención la escasez de trabajos clínicos publicados sobre el tema que no superan los 40, y también la escasez de trabajos sobre la fisiopatología del nistagmus inducido por la hiperventilación aguda. La metódica del test es muy simple por lo que su utilización resulta muy atractiva, con un escaso número de falsos positivos. La mayor parte de los estudios publicados, se focaliza en su utilización en el schwanoma vestibularyen la neuronitis vestibular. Respecto al schwanoma vestibular de un total de 107 pacientes estudiados el test fue positivo en el 80% de los casos, con aparición de nistagmus ipsilesional o contralesional. En la neuronitis vestibular la positividad del test alcanzó a 60°% de un total de 272 pacientes estudiados y que estaba en relación directa con el tiempo de evolución de la enfermedad. En la esclerosis múltiple, en pacientes con síntomas vestibulares, la positividad del test fue de 75°%, en cambio en aquellos pacientes sin síntomas vestibulares la positividad fue de sólo 7°%. En las enfermedades cerebelosas, particularmente las degenerativas, la positividad de este test fue de 78°%. La pesquisa del nistagmus inducido por la hiperventilación, fue una prueba poco significativa estadísticamente, en otras patologías vestibulares períféricas tales como la enfermedad de Ménière o el VPPB, así como en otras enfermedades vestibulares centrales, salvo las de origen vascular por insuficiencia del sistema vértebro-basilar. El estudio y análisis de las publicaciones sobre el nistagmus inducido por la hiperventilación aguda, permite concluir que es un test de fácil realización; que ante la sospecha de un schwanoma vestibular, orienta en el estudio de aquellos pacientes que requieran un estudio de R.M. Que ayuda en el diagnóstico diferencial de una neuronitisvestibular y finalmente que permite en lesiones vestibulares centrales particularmente degenerativas y vasculares un estudio más profundo y adecuado de estos pacientes. Abstract in english Recent clinical studies have revealed the usefulness of the hyperventilation-induced nystagmus in retrolabyrinthine and central vestibular diseases with the appearance either excitatory (ipsilateral) or paretic (contralateral) nystagmus. The objectives of this study have been: 1) to get to know the [...] sensitivity of the exam, according to the best literature available; 2) to get to know the physiopathology of this hyperventilation-induced nystagmus, and 3) to carry out an analysis and interpretation of this exam in order to reach solid conclusions of the highest level in evidence based medicine. An exhaustive research of literature published on this topic in the last 25 years was carried out. The main source of information being the most important medical data-based publications and also a thorough revision of these texts. The scarce number of publications on this topic (not more than 40) is what strikes the attention most, as well as the very few studies of the physiopathology of the hyperventilation-induced nystagmus. The method of the test is a

  2. Exhibition of Stochastic Resonance in Vestibular Perception

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    Galvan-Garza, R. C.; Clark, T. K.; Merfeld, D. M.; Bloomberg, J. J.; Oman, C. M.; Mulavara, A. P.

    2016-01-01

    Astronauts experience sensorimotor changes during spaceflight, particularly during G-transitions. Post flight sensorimotor changes include spatial disorientation, along with postural and gait instability that may degrade operational capabilities of the astronauts and endanger the crew. A sensorimotor countermeasure that mitigates these effects would improve crewmember safety and decrease risk. The goal of this research is to investigate the potential use of stochastic vestibular stimulation (SVS) as a technology to improve sensorimotor function. We hypothesize that low levels of SVS will improve sensorimotor perception through the phenomenon of stochastic resonance (SR), when the response of a nonlinear system to a weak input signal is enhanced by the application of a particular nonzero level of noise. This study aims to advance the development of SVS as a potential countermeasure by 1) demonstrating the exhibition of stochastic resonance in vestibular perception, a vital component of sensorimotor function, 2) investigating the repeatability of SR exhibition, and 3) determining the relative contribution of the semicircular canals (SCC) and otolith (OTO) organs to vestibular perceptual SR. A constant current stimulator was used to deliver bilateral bipolar SVS via electrodes placed on each of the mastoid processes, as previously done. Vestibular perceptual motion recognition thresholds were measured using a 6-degree of freedom MOOG platform and a 150 trial 3-down/1-up staircase procedure. In the first test session, we measured vestibular perceptual thresholds in upright roll-tilt at 0.2 Hz (SCC+OTO) with SVS ranging from 0-700 µA. In a second test session a week later, we re-measured roll-tilt thresholds with 0, optimal (from test session 1), and 1500 µA SVS levels. A subset of these subjects, plus naive subjects, participated in two additional test sessions in which we measured thresholds in supine roll-rotation at 0.2 Hz (SCC) and upright y-translation at 1 Hz (OTO) with SVS up to 700 µA. A sinusoidal galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) perceptual threshold was also measured on each test day and used to normalize the SVS levels across subjects. In roll-tilt thresholds with SVS, the characteristic SR curve was qualitatively exhibited in 10 of 12 subjects, and the improvement in motion threshold was significant in 6 subjects, indicating that optimal SVS improved passive body motion perception in a way that is consistent with classical SR theory. A probabilistic comparison to numeric simulations further validated these experimental results. On the second test session, 4 out of the 10 SR exhibitors showed repeated improvement with SVS compared to the no SVS condition. Data collection is ongoing for the last two test sessions in which SCC and OTO only perceptual motion recognition thresholds are being measured with SVS. The final results of these test sessions will give insight into whether vestibular perceptual SR can occur when only one type of vestibular sensor is sensing motion or if it is more evident when sensory integration between the SCC and OTO is occurring during the motion. The overall purpose of this research is to further quantify the effects of SVS on various sensorimotor tasks and to gain a more fundamental understanding of how SVS causes SR in the vestibular system. In the context of human space flight, results from this research will help in understanding how SVS may be practically implemented in the future as a component of a comprehensive countermeasure plan for G-transition adaptation.

  3. El examen vestibular abreviado, descripción, interpretación y análisis / The abbreviated vestibular exam, description, interpretation and analysis

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    Alejandro, Peña M.

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: En el examen vestibular de un paciente vertiginoso juegan un rol muy importante las pruebas calóricas, pero la realización de éstas, unida a las nuevas pruebas que ha traído el avance tecnológico y computacional de la medicina, ha significado que el examen vestibular se ha convertido e [...] n la práctica diaria en un estudio muy largo y oneroso, por tal motivo parece útil la realización de un examen vestibular abreviado preliminar hecho en la misma consulta del médico que permita dar una orientación diagnóstica de bases sólidas. Objetivos: El propósito de este estudio es la descripción, interpretación y análisis crítico del llamado "examen vestibular de 10 minutos del paciente mareado"y que permita llegar a conclusiones sobre la sensibilidad y especificidad de este examen abreviado. Material y método: En este estudio, se describen, interpretan y analizan, según la información bibliográfica disponible, particularmente aquellos estudios de la medicina basada en evidencias las siguientes pruebas propuestas en el examen vestibular abreviado: Búsqueda del nistagmus espontáneo, búsqueda del nistagmus de mirada excéntrica, estudio de los movimientos oculares lentos o de rastreo ocular, estudio de los movimientos oculares rápidos o sacadas, test de Halmagyi, test de agitación cefálica, test de agudeza visual dinámica, test de inhibición de la fijación del nistagmus, maniobra de Dix y Hallpike, test de otoscopía neumática, estudio cerebeloso, estudio de la sensibilidad profunda, prueba de Romberg y estudio de la marcha. Debido a que varias de estas pruebas se efectúan en la prueba vestibular clásica sólo se analizan y discuten aquellas que no se efectúan de rutina en este examen. Resultados: Las pruebas analizadas del examen vestibular abreviado revelan en su gran mayoría baja sensibilidad, menor de 50%, pero una buena especificidad. Con algún entrenamiento básico son fáciles de realizar y requieren poco tiempo para su ejecución pero sí, mucho más que 10 minutos. Discusión: Considerando el largo tiempo que requiere el especialista para efectuar un examen vestibular completo, un estudio básico resulta necesario para orientar la investigación clínica de un paciente vertiginoso. Las pruebas propuestas en este examen, tienen baja sensibilidad consideradas individualmente, pero la realización de todas ellas en su conjunto, le confiere al estudio una gran fortaleza y credibilidad, esto necesariamente unido a una muy buena anamnesis con cuestionario estructurado preestablecido. Conclusiones: El examen vestibular abreviado es un buen estudio, en que si bien las diferentes pruebas tienen baja sensibilidad, el resultado de la suma de todas ellas le confiere al examen una buena confiabilidad. Para su realización es indispensable un buen manejo de las pruebas y un buen conocimiento de la otoneurología por parte del examinador para su correcta interpretación. No existen estudios de medicina basada en evidencias de nivel 1 ó 2 que le otorguen alta credibilidad a estas pruebas. Este examen no debe reemplazar al examen vestibular clásico o formal, incluyendo las pruebas calóricas bi-termales, sino que deben ser consideradas como un estudio básico que permite orientar al especialista para tomar decisiones apropiadas diagnósticas y terapéuticas. Abstract in english Introduction: Caloric tests play a very important role in a patient's vestibular exam. But these exams, along with the new test brought about by both technology and computing in Medicine, have turned these examinations into very long and expensive procedures. Taking all this into account, it seems s [...] uitable the realization of a preliminary vestibular exam performed in the doctor's consultation office. This will allow a diagnostic guideline with solid foundations. Aim: To describe, interpret, and carry out a critical analysis of the so called "10 minute vestibular examination of the dizzy patient" in order to get to some conclusions about sensitivity and specificity of this short exam. Mat

  4. Anxiety Changes Depersonalization and Derealization Symptoms in Vestibular Patients

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    Kolev, Ognyan I.; Georgieva-Zhostova, Spaska O.; Berthoz, Alain

    2014-01-01

    Background. Depersonalization and derealization are common symptoms reported in the general population. Objective. The aim of the present study was to establish the relationship between anxiety and depersonalization and derealization symptoms in patients with peripheral vestibular disorders. Methods. Twenty-four vestibular patients with anxiety and 18 vestibular patients without anxiety were examined for depersonalization and derealization symptoms. They were also compared to healthy controls. Results. The results revealed that anxiety consistently changes depersonalization and derealization symptoms in vestibular patients. They are more frequent, more severe, and qualitatively different in vestibular patients with anxiety than in those without anxiety. Conclusion. Anxiety has an effect on depersonalization and derealization symptoms in vestibular patients. The various hypotheses about the underlying mechanism of this effect were discussed. PMID:24803735

  5. Calyx and dimorphic neurons of mouse Scarpa's ganglion express histamine H3 receptors

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    Zucca Gianpiero

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Histamine-related drugs are commonly used in the treatment of vertigo and related vestibular disorders. The site of action of these drugs however has not been elucidated yet. Recent works on amphibians showed that histamine H3 receptor antagonists, e.g. betahistine, inhibit the afferent discharge recorded from the vestibular nerve. To assess the expression of H3 histamine receptors in vestibular neurons, we performed mRNA RT-PCR and immunofluorescence experiments in mouse Scarpa's ganglia. Results RT-PCR analysis showed the presence of H3 receptor mRNA in mouse ganglia tissue. H3 protein expression was found in vestibular neurons characterized by large and roundish soma, which labeled for calretinin and calbindin. Conclusion The present results are consistent with calyx and dimorphic, but not bouton, afferent vestibular neurons expressing H3 receptors. This study provides a molecular substrate for the effects of histamine-related antivertigo drugs acting on (or binding to H3 receptors, and suggest a potential target for the treatment of vestibular disorders of peripheral origin.

  6. Causal links between MSTd neurons and multisensory heading perception

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    Gu, Yong; DeAngelis, Gregory C; ANGELAKI, DORA E.

    2012-01-01

    The dorsal medial superior temporal area (MSTd) in the extrastriate visual cortex is thought to play an important role in heading perception because neurons in this area are tuned to both optic flow and vestibular signals. MSTd neurons also show significant correlations with perceptual judgments during a fine heading direction discrimination task. To test for a causal link with heading perception, we used microstimulation and reversible inactivation techniques to artificially perturb MSTd act...

  7. How vestibular stimulation interacts with illusory hand ownership

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    Lopez, Christophe; Lenggenhager, Bigna; Blanke, Olaf

    2010-01-01

    Artificial stimulation of the peripheral vestibular system has been shown to improve ownership of body parts in neurological patients, suggesting vestibular contributions to bodily self-consciousness. Here, we investigated whether galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) interferes with the mechanisms underlying ownership, touch, and the localization of one's own hand in healthy participants by using the "rubber hand illusion" paradigm. Our results show that left anodal GVS increases illusory ow...

  8. Doença vestibular em cães: 81 casos (2006-2013)

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    Rafael O. Chaves; Diego V. Beckmann; Bruna Copat; Fernando W. de Souza; Andrei K. Fabretti; Lucas A. Gomes; Rafael A Fighera; Alexandre Mazzanti

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    De 2006 a 2013 foram diagnosticados 81 casos de doença vestibular canina no serviço de rotina em neurologia de um hospital veterinário universitário do sul do Brasil. Desses, aproximadamente dois terços foram diagnosticados com doença vestibular central (DVC) e cerca de um terço como doença vestibular periférica (DVP). Cães com raça definida foram mais acometidos que aqueles sem raça definida, principalmente Dachshund (DVP) e Boxer (DVC). Os principais sinais clínicos observados, tanto na DVP...

  9. Kv1 channels and neural processing in vestibular calyx afferents

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    Meredith, Frances L.; Katherine J Rennie

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    Potassium-selective ion channels are important for accurate transmission of signals from auditory and vestibular sensory end organs to their targets in the central nervous system. During different gravity conditions, astronauts experience altered input signals from the peripheral vestibular system resulting in sensorimotor dysfunction. Adaptation to altered sensory input occurs, but it is not explicitly known whether this involves synaptic modifications within the vestibular epithelia. Future...

  10. The Effects of Aging on Clinical Vestibular Evaluations

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    Maheu, Maxime; Houde, Marie-Soleil; Landry, Simon P.; Champoux, François

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    Balance disorders are common issues for aging populations due to the effects of normal aging on peripheral vestibular structures. These changes affect the results of vestibular function evaluations and make the interpretation of these results more difficult. The objective of this article is to review the current state of knowledge of clinically relevant vestibular measures. We will first focus on otolith function assessment methods cervical-VEMP (cVEMP) and ocular-VEMP (oVEMP), then the calor...

  11. Interactions between stress and vestibular compensation – a review

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    MayankBDutia; YouganSaman; DorisBamiou

    2012-01-01

    Elevated levels of stress and anxiety often accompany vestibular dysfunction, while conversely complaints of dizziness and loss of balance are common in patients with panic and other anxiety disorders. The interactions between stress and vestibular function, and plasticity have been investigated both in animal models and in clinical studies. Evidence from animal studies indicates that vestibular symptoms are effective in activating the stress axis, and that the acute stress response is import...

  12. Anxiety Changes Depersonalization and Derealization Symptoms in Vestibular Patients

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    Kolev, Ognyan I.; Georgieva-Zhostova, Spaska O.; Berthoz, Alain

    2014-01-01

    Background. Depersonalization and derealization are common symptoms reported in the general population. Objective. The aim of the present study was to establish the relationship between anxiety and depersonalization and derealization symptoms in patients with peripheral vestibular disorders. Methods. Twenty-four vestibular patients with anxiety and 18 vestibular patients without anxiety were examined for depersonalization and derealization symptoms. They were also compared to healthy controls...

  13. Purchase decision-making is modulated by vestibular stimulation

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    Nora Preuss; Gregor Hasler

    2014-01-01

    Purchases are driven by consumers’ product preferences and price considerations. Using caloric vestibular stimulation (CVS), we investigated the role of vestibular-affective circuits in purchase decision-making. CVS is an effective non-invasive brain stimulation method, which activates vestibular and overlapping emotional circuits (e.g. the insular cortex and the anterior cingulate cortex). Subjects were exposed to CVS and sham stimulation while they performed two purchase decision-making tas...

  14. Ernst Mach on the vestibular organ 100 years ago

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    Henn, V.; Young, L. R.

    1975-01-01

    The paper reviews the contributions of Ernst Mach to vestibular research. His experiments, mainly psychophysical in nature, included measurements of threshold and investigation of the vestibular-visual interaction. Among his conclusions are that the adequate stimulus for the semicircular canals must be pressure, and that the sustained endolymph flow theory of Breuer (1874) and Crum Brown (1874) is erroneous. Excerpts are given of Mach's publications on vestibular functions.-

  15. Distinct spontaneous shrinkage of a sporadic vestibular schwannoma

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    Huang, Xiaowen; Cayé-Thomasen, Per; Stangerup, Sven-Eric

    2013-01-01

    We present a case with outspoken spontaneous vestibular schwannoma shrinkage and review the related literature. The patient was initially diagnosed with a left-sided, intrameatal vestibular schwannoma, which subsequently grew into the cerebello-pontine angle (CPA), followed by total shrinkage of the CPA component without any intervention over a 12-year observation period. The literature on spontaneous tumor shrinkage was retrieved by searching the subject terms "vestibular schwannoma, conservati...

  16. Signal processing for a vestibular neurostimulator.

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    Rubinstein, Jay T; Nie, Kaibao; Bierer, Steven; Ling, Leo; Phillips, James O

    2010-01-01

    An implanted vestibular neurostimulator has been developed based on commercial cochlear implant technology. It has been implanted chronically in Rhesus monkeys and the physiology of electrical stimulation of the vestibular periphery has been studied. We are currently proposing a human feasibility study of implantation of the device for the treatment of incapacitating Meniere's disease. Because no animal model of Meniere's disease exists, signal processing for such a device must be based on prior observations of human subjects who have suffered Meniere's attacks while their eye-movements could be quantified. Based on such data, and on the leading theories for the pathophysiology of a Meniere's attack, our animal data suggests that fixed amplitude, constant frequency biphasic pulse trains should be adequate to suppress the symptoms of an attack when they occur. The intensity of the stimuli and efficacy of vertigo suppression should be readily modulated either by amplitude or frequency adjustments. PMID:21097347

  17. Vestibular Schwannoma Atypically Invading Temporal Bone

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    Park, Soo Jeong; Yang, Na-Rae

    2015-01-01

    Vestibular schwannoma (VS) usually present the widening of internal auditory canal (IAC), and these bony changes are typically limited to IAC, not extend to temporal bone. Temporal bone invasion by VS is extremely rare. We report 51-year-old man who revealed temporal bone destruction beyond IAC by unilateral VS. The bony destruction extended anteriorly to the carotid canal and inferiorly to the jugular foramen. On histopathologic examination, the tumor showed typical benign schwannoma and did not show any unusual vascularity or malignant feature. Facial nerve was severely compressed and distorted by tumor, which unevenly eroded temporal bone in surgical field. Vestibular schwannoma with atypical invasion of temporal bone can be successfully treated with combined translabyrinthine and lateral suboccipiral approach without facial nerve dysfunction. Early detection and careful dissection of facial nerve with intraoperative monitoring should be considered during operation due to severe adhesion and distortion of facial nerve by tumor and eroded temporal bone. PMID:25932298

  18. Experiment M131. Human vestibular function

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    Graybiel, A.; Miller, E. F., II; Homick, J. L.

    1977-01-01

    The lower susceptibility to vestibular stimulation aloft, compared with that on ground under experimental conditions, is attributed to a precondition, namely, either there is no need to adapt, or, as exemplified by the Skylab 3 pilot, adaptation to weightlessness is achieved. Findings in some of the astronauts emphasize the distinction between two categories of vestibular side effects: immediate reflex phenomena (illusions, sensations of turning, etc.), and delayed epiphenomena that include the constellation of symptoms and syndromes comprising motion sickness. The drug combinations 1-scopolamine and d-amphetamine and promethazine hydrochloride and ephedrine sulfate are effective in prevention and treatment of motion sickness. It is concluded that prevention of motion sickness in any stressful motion environment involves selection, adaptation, and the use of drugs.

  19. Complications of microsurgery of vestibular schwannoma.

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    Betka, J.; Zv??ina, E.; Balogová, Zuzana; Profant, Oliver; Sk?ivan, J.; Kraus, J.; Lisý, J.; Syka, Josef; Chovanec, M.

    2014-01-01

    Ro?. 2014, May 28 (2014), s. 315952. ISSN 2314-6133 R&D Projects: GA MZd NT12459 Grant ostatní: GA MZd(CZ) NT11543; GA MŠk(CZ) UNCE 204013; GA UK(CZ) SVV 266513; GA MŠk(CZ) Prvouk-P27/LF1/1 Institutional support: RVO:68378041 Keywords : acoustic neurona surgery * tumor surgery * vestibular schwannomas Subject RIV: FF - HEENT, Dentistry Impact factor: 1.579, year: 2014

  20. Outcome after translabyrinthine surgery for vestibular schwannomas

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    Springborg, Jacob Bertram; Fugleholm, Kåre; Poulsgaard, Lars; Cayé-Thomasen, Per; Thomsen, Jens; Stangerup, Sven-Eric

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this article is to study the outcome after translabyrinthine surgery for vestibular schwannomas, with special focus on the facial nerve function. The study design is a case series from a national centralized database and it is set in two University Hospitals in Denmark. Participants were 1244 patients who underwent translabyrinthine surgery during a period of 33 years from 1976 to 2009. Main outcome measures were tumor removal, intraoperative facial nerve preservation, complicat...

  1. Imaging Finding in 222 Patients with Vestibular

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    A. Zahiri

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Objective: Vestibular Schwannoma is the most common cranial schwannoma with gradually produce sensorineural deafness. In this study we observed the effect of Gamma Knife therapy for control of this type of schwannoma."nPatients and Methods: We observed imaging findings of 250 patients with vestibular schwannoma from September 2003 to October 2007. We performed the Gamma Knife with C model (Elekta Company for the treatment and control of the tumor."nResults: The minimum age of our patients was 14 years and maximum age was 90 years. Twenty six patients was N.F.2, and female to male ratio was 2/1. The most common imaging finding was loss of central contrast enhancement in contrast MRI beginning after nine months after Gamma Knife. Loss of volume and cystic changes were other imaging findings and regrowth of tumor was seen in same case. After three years follow up, tumor control, tumor regression, and tumor enlargement were seen in 85%, 10%, and 5% of our patients respectively."nConclusion: Gamma Knife should be considered as a suitable treatment option for the treatment of Vestibular Schwannoma.

  2. MRI in a quiescent vestibular schwannoma

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    Vestibular schwannomas are benign neoplasms that take origin from Schwann cells, the majority arise from the vestibular branch of VIII cranial nerve. Unilateral sensorineural hearing loss is the most common symptom referred by patients who suffer this disease. With the advent and increasing use of MRI the diagnosis of this intra labyrinthine tumor has become more frequent. Paramagnetic contrast gadolinium has precise indication in the study protocol of this pathology. The high sensitivity of this method allows an early diagnosis. In patients with low auditory loss an excision of intra labyrinthine small tumors can offer a better therapeutic chance. We report a case of a 25 years old woman with progressive hearing loss. MRI with gadolinium enhancement demonstrated an intra vestibular schwannoma. In a follow-up control after 5 years MRI revealed no significant changes in tumor size or signal intensity. 3-D volumetric reconstruction offered complimentary information about this 'quiescent' schwannoma. Considering the tumoral behavior (without growth within five years) and the degree of hearing loss no invasive therapy was performed. (author)

  3. Radiotherapy for Vestibular Schwannomas: A Critical Review

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    Vestibular schwannomas are slow-growing tumors of the myelin-forming cells that cover cranial nerve VIII. The treatment options for patients with vestibular schwannoma include active observation, surgical management, and radiotherapy. However, the optimal treatment choice remains controversial. We have reviewed the available data and summarized the radiotherapeutic options, including single-session stereotactic radiosurgery, fractionated conventional radiotherapy, fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy, and proton beam therapy. The comparisons of the various radiotherapy modalities have been based on single-institution experiences, which have shown excellent tumor control rates of 91-100%. Both stereotactic radiosurgery and fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy have successfully improved cranial nerve V and VII preservation to >95%. The mixed data regarding the ideal hearing preservation therapy, inherent biases in patient selection, and differences in outcome analysis have made the comparison across radiotherapeutic modalities difficult. Early experience using proton therapy for vestibular schwannoma treatment demonstrated local control rates of 84-100% but disappointing hearing preservation rates of 33-42%. Efforts to improve radiotherapy delivery will focus on refined dosimetry with the goal of reducing the dose to the critical structures. As future randomized trials are unlikely, we suggest regimented pre- and post-treatment assessments, including validated evaluations of cranial nerves V, VII, and VIII, and quality of life assessments with long-term prospective follow-up. The results from such trials will enhance the understanding of therapy outcomes and improve our ability to inform patients.

  4. Queixas auditivas e vestibulares durante a gestação / Hearing and vestibular complaints during pregnancy

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    Paula Michele da Silva, Schmidt; Franciele da Trindade, Flores; Angela Garcia, Rossi; Aron Ferreira da, Silveira.

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available As disfunções hormonais presentes na mulher durante a gravidez podem causar desordens vestibulares e/ou cocleares. OBJETIVO: Verificar a ocorrência de queixas auditivas e vestibulares em gestantes. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Este é um estudo prospectivo no qual participaram 82 gestantes. Para pesquisa das q [...] ueixas auditivas e vestibulares foi aplicado às gestantes o Protocolo de Anamnese proposto por Castagno (1994). RESULTADOS: Pode-se observar que o zumbido foi a queixa auditiva mais citada (33%), sem diferença entre os trimestres gestacionais. A queixa de tontura esteve presente em 52,44% das gestantes e principalmente no primeiro trimestre gestacional. Quanto aos sintomas relacionados à tontura, no primeiro trimestre o mais frequente foi a vertigem, já no segundo trimestre gestacional foi a instabilidade e o desequilíbrio ao caminhar e no terceiro trimestre gestacional foi a instabilidade seguida da tendência a cair. A náusea é o principal sintoma associado à tontura nas gestantes, sendo mais frequente no primeiro trimestre gestacional. CONCLUSÃO: Mulheres durante a gestação referem queixas auditivas e vestibulares, principalmente tontura e zumbido. Abstract in english Hormonal dysfunctions in women during pregnancy can cause vestibular and/or cochlear disorders. AIM: to study hearing and vestibular complaints in pregnant women. MATERIAL AND METHOD: this is a prospective study. 82 pregnant women participated on this study. For hearing and vestibular complaints, a [...] questionnaire proposed by Castagno (1994) was employed. RESULTS: we could observe that tinnitus was the main auditory complaint (33%), although with no differences between the groups. Tinnitus was present among 52.44% of the pregnant women, mainly in the Group 2. According to symptoms related to dizziness, vertigo was the main auditory complaint in first trimester, whereas instability and gait unbalance were more frequent in the second trimester, and instability and tendency to fall in the third trimester. Nausea was the main symptom associated with dizziness in pregnant women, being more frequent in the first trimester of gestation. CONCLUSIONS: women during gestation have auditory and vestibular complaints, mainly dizziness and tinnitus.

  5. Determining the direction of vestibular-evoked balance responses using stochastic vestibular stimulation.

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    Mian, Omar S; Day, Brian L

    2009-06-15

    As a tool for investigating vestibulo-motor function, stochastic vestibular stimulation (SVS) has some advantages over galvanic vestibular stimulation. However, there is no technique currently available for extracting direction information from SVS-evoked motor responses. It is essential to be able to measure the direction of response if one wishes to investigate the operation of key spatial transformation processes in the brain. Here we describe and validate a technique for determining the direction of SVS-evoked balance responses based on the correlation between a random waveform of stimulating current and ground-reaction shear force. PMID:19417096

  6. Reabilitação vestibular: utilidade clínica em pacientes com esclerose múltipla Vestibular rehabilitation: clinical benefits to patients with multiple sclerosis

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    Bianca Simone Zeigelboim

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo desse estudo foi analisar a eficácia do exercício de reabilitação vestibular em dois casos de esclerose múltipla remitente-recorrente. Ambos os casos foram encaminhados do Hospital de Clínicas para o Laboratório de Otoneurologia de uma instituição de ensino e foram submetidos aos seguintes procedimentos: anamnese, inspeção otológica, avaliação vestibular e aplicação do Dizziness Handicap Inventory pré e pós reabilitação vestibular utilizando-se o protocolo de Cawthorne e Cooksey. No primeiro caso, gênero feminino, 35 anos, tempo de doença de seis anos, referiu tontura há três anos, de intensidade moderada de ocorrência frequente, cefaléia, quedas, desvio de marcha à direita e sensação de desmaio (sic. Apresentou no exame labiríntico, síndrome vestibular periférica deficitária bilateral. No segundo caso, gênero feminino, 49 anos, tempo de doença de dois anos, referiu desvio de marcha à direita, dificuldade e/ou dor ao movimento do pescoço, formigamento de extremidade e alteração vocal. Apresentou no exame labiríntico, síndrome vestibular periférica deficitária à direita. Houve melhora significativa em ambos os casos dos aspectos físico, funcional e emocional do Dizziness Handicap Inventory após a realização da reabilitação vestibular. O protocolo utilizado promoveu melhora na qualidade de vida e auxiliou no processo de compensação vestibular.The aim of the present study was to analyze the effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation exercises in two cases of remittent-recurrent multiple sclerosis. Both cases were referred from the Clinics Hospital to the Laboratory of Otoneurology of the same institution and were submitted to the following procedures: anamnesis, otological inspection, vestibular evaluation, and application of the Dizziness Handicap Inventory before and after vestibular rehabilitation using the Cawthorne and Cooksey protocol. The first case was a 35-year-old female, diagnosed for six years, who referred frequent dizziness of moderate intensity for three years, headaches, falls, deviation of gait to the right and fainting sensations (sic. In the vestibular exam, she presented bilateral peripheral vestibular deficiency syndrome. The second case was a 49-year-old female, diagnosed for two years, who referred deviation of gait to the right, difficulty and/or pain with neck movement, paraesthesia of the extremities and vocal alteration. In the vestibular exam, she presented peripheral vestibular deficiency syndrome to the right. Both cases had significant improvements regarding physical, functional and emotional aspects of the Dizziness Handicap Inventory after vestibular rehabilitation. The protocol used benefitted the subjects' quality of life and favored the process of vestibular compensation.

  7. Reabilitação vestibular: utilidade clínica em pacientes com esclerose múltipla / Vestibular rehabilitation: clinical benefits to patients with multiple sclerosis

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    Bianca Simone, Zeigelboim; Karlin Fabianne, Klagenberg; Paulo Breno Noronha, Liberalesso.

    Full Text Available O objetivo desse estudo foi analisar a eficácia do exercício de reabilitação vestibular em dois casos de esclerose múltipla remitente-recorrente. Ambos os casos foram encaminhados do Hospital de Clínicas para o Laboratório de Otoneurologia de uma instituição de ensino e foram submetidos aos seguinte [...] s procedimentos: anamnese, inspeção otológica, avaliação vestibular e aplicação do Dizziness Handicap Inventory pré e pós reabilitação vestibular utilizando-se o protocolo de Cawthorne e Cooksey. No primeiro caso, gênero feminino, 35 anos, tempo de doença de seis anos, referiu tontura há três anos, de intensidade moderada de ocorrência frequente, cefaléia, quedas, desvio de marcha à direita e sensação de desmaio (sic). Apresentou no exame labiríntico, síndrome vestibular periférica deficitária bilateral. No segundo caso, gênero feminino, 49 anos, tempo de doença de dois anos, referiu desvio de marcha à direita, dificuldade e/ou dor ao movimento do pescoço, formigamento de extremidade e alteração vocal. Apresentou no exame labiríntico, síndrome vestibular periférica deficitária à direita. Houve melhora significativa em ambos os casos dos aspectos físico, funcional e emocional do Dizziness Handicap Inventory após a realização da reabilitação vestibular. O protocolo utilizado promoveu melhora na qualidade de vida e auxiliou no processo de compensação vestibular. Abstract in english The aim of the present study was to analyze the effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation exercises in two cases of remittent-recurrent multiple sclerosis. Both cases were referred from the Clinics Hospital to the Laboratory of Otoneurology of the same institution and were submitted to the followin [...] g procedures: anamnesis, otological inspection, vestibular evaluation, and application of the Dizziness Handicap Inventory before and after vestibular rehabilitation using the Cawthorne and Cooksey protocol. The first case was a 35-year-old female, diagnosed for six years, who referred frequent dizziness of moderate intensity for three years, headaches, falls, deviation of gait to the right and fainting sensations (sic). In the vestibular exam, she presented bilateral peripheral vestibular deficiency syndrome. The second case was a 49-year-old female, diagnosed for two years, who referred deviation of gait to the right, difficulty and/or pain with neck movement, paraesthesia of the extremities and vocal alteration. In the vestibular exam, she presented peripheral vestibular deficiency syndrome to the right. Both cases had significant improvements regarding physical, functional and emotional aspects of the Dizziness Handicap Inventory after vestibular rehabilitation. The protocol used benefitted the subjects' quality of life and favored the process of vestibular compensation.

  8. Secreted Factors from Human Vestibular Schwannomas Can Cause Cochlear Damage

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    Dilwali, Sonam; Landegger, Lukas D.; Soares, Vitor Y. R.; Deschler, Daniel G.; Stankovic, Konstantina M.

    2015-01-01

    Vestibular schwannomas (VSs) are the most common tumours of the cerebellopontine angle. Ninety-five percent of people with VS present with sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL); the mechanism of this SNHL is currently unknown. To establish the first model to study the role of VS-secreted factors in causing SNHL, murine cochlear explant cultures were treated with human tumour secretions from thirteen different unilateral, sporadic VSs of subjects demonstrating varied degrees of ipsilateral SNHL. The extent of cochlear explant damage due to secretion application roughly correlated with the subjects’ degree of SNHL. Secretions from tumours associated with most substantial SNHL resulted in most significant hair cell loss and neuronal fibre disorganization. Secretions from VSs associated with good hearing or from healthy human nerves led to either no effect or solely fibre disorganization. Our results are the first to demonstrate that secreted factors from VSs can lead to cochlear damage. Further, we identified tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF?) as an ototoxic molecule and fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2) as an otoprotective molecule in VS secretions. Antibody-mediated TNF? neutralization in VS secretions partially prevented hair cell loss due to the secretions. Taken together, we have identified a new mechanism responsible for SNHL due to VSs. PMID:26690506

  9. Can Electrical Vestibular Noise Be Used for the Treatment of Brain Diseases?

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    Yamamoto, Yoshiharu; Soma, Rika; Struzik, Zbigniew R.; Kwak, Shin

    2005-11-01

    The therapy currently available for the treatment of degenerative neurological diseases is far from satisfactory, and a novel therapeutic strategy, especially for pharmacologically unresponsive patients, would be welcomed. The vestibular nerves are known to influence neuronal circuits in the medullary cardiovascular areas and, through the cerebellar vermis, the basal ganglia and the limbic system. By means of noisy galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS), it may now be possible to ameliorate blunted responsiveness of degenerated neuronal circuits in the brains of multiple system atrophy (MSA) and/or Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, through a mechanism known as stochastic resonance. We evaluate the effect of 24-hour noisy GVS on long-term heart rate dynamics in seven MSA patients, and on daytime locomotor activity dynamics in twelve patients with either PD or levodopa unresponsive parkinsonism. Short-range heart rate variability and long-range anti-correlation of trunk activity are significantly increased by the noisy GVS compared with sham stimulation, suggestive of improved autonomic and motor responsiveness. The noisy GVS is effective in boosting the neuro-degenerative brains of MSA and/or PD patients, including those unresponsive to standard levodopa therapy.

  10. A study of whirlin isoforms in the mouse vestibular system suggests potential vestibular dysfunction in DFNB31-deficient patients.

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    Mathur, Pranav Dinesh; Vijayakumar, Sarath; Vashist, Deepti; Jones, Sherri M; Jones, Timothy A; Yang, Jun

    2015-12-15

    The DFNB31 gene plays an indispensable role in the cochlea and retina. Mutations in this gene disrupt its various isoforms and lead to non-syndromic deafness, blindness and deaf-blindness. However, the known expression of Dfnb31, the mouse ortholog of DFNB31, in vestibular organs and the potential vestibular-deficient phenotype observed in one Dfnb31 mutant mouse (Dfnb31(wi/wi)) suggest that DFNB31 may also be important for vestibular function. In this study, we find that full-length (FL-) and C-terminal (C-) whirlin isoforms are expressed in the vestibular organs, where their stereociliary localizations are similar to those of developing cochlear inner hair cells. No whirlin is detected in Dfnb31(wi/wi) vestibular organs, while only C-whirlin is expressed in Dfnb31(neo/neo) vestibular organs. Both FL- and C-whirlin isoforms are required for normal vestibular stereociliary growth, although they may play slightly different roles in the central and peripheral zones of the crista ampullaris. Vestibular sensory-evoked potentials demonstrate severe to profound vestibular deficits in Dfnb31(neo/neo) and Dfnb31(wi/wi) mice. Swimming and rotarod tests demonstrate that the two Dfnb31 mutants have balance problems, with Dfnb31(wi/wi) mice being more affected than Dfnb31(neo/neo) mice. Because Dfnb31(wi/wi) and Dfnb31(neo/neo) mice faithfully recapitulate hearing and vision symptoms in patients, our findings of vestibular dysfunction in these Dfnb31 mutants raise the question of whether DFNB31-deficient patients may acquire vestibular as well as hearing and vision loss. PMID:26420843

  11. Como o implante coclear pode interferir na função vestibular?

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    Abramides, Patricia Arena

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Introdução: O implante coclear é uma opção terapêutica para pacientes com surdez neurossensorial profunda. Alguns pacientes implantados evoluíam com tontura no pós-operatório, o que deu início ao interesse pela função vestibular. Desde então, muitos estudos relataram a associação entre o implante coclear e as disfunções vestibulares.

  12. Long-term hearing preservation in vestibular schwannoma

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    Stangerup, Sven-Eric; Thomsen, Jens; Tos, Mirko; Cayé-Thomasen, Per

    2010-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate the long-term hearing during "wait and scan" management of vestibular schwannomas.......The aim of the present study was to evaluate the long-term hearing during "wait and scan" management of vestibular schwannomas....

  13. Vestibular vertigo in emergency neurology and cervical osteochondrosis

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    T S Barykova

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    had acute peripheral vestibular pathology that required cerebral stroke or hemorrhage to be ruled out according to clinical data in most cases. Intermittent, recurrent, short-term vestibular crisis in the examined group of patients is temporarily or clinically unrelated to an exacerbation of cervical osteochondrosis.

  14. Facial myokymia as a presenting symptom of vestibular schwannoma.

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    Joseph B.; Rajshekhar V

    2002-01-01

    Facial myokymia is a rare presenting feature of a vestibular schwannoma. We present a 48 year old woman with a large right vestibular schwannoma, who presented with facial myokymia. It is postulated that facial myokymia might be due to a defect in the motor axons of the 7th nerve or due to brain stem compression by the tumor.

  15. Facial myokymia as a presenting symptom of vestibular schwannoma.

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    Joseph B

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    Full Text Available Facial myokymia is a rare presenting feature of a vestibular schwannoma. We present a 48 year old woman with a large right vestibular schwannoma, who presented with facial myokymia. It is postulated that facial myokymia might be due to a defect in the motor axons of the 7th nerve or due to brain stem compression by the tumor.

  16.  A Novel V- Silicone Vestibular Stent: Preventing Vestibular Stenosis andPreserving Nasal Valves

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    Rashid Al Abri

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    Full Text Available  This report presents a novel style of placing nasal stents. Patientsundergoing surgical procedures in the region of nasal vestibuleand nasal valves are at risk of developing vestibular stenosis andlifelong problems with the external and internal nasal valves;sequels of the repair. The objective of the report is to demonstratea simple and successful method of an inverted V- Stent placementto prevent potential complication of vestibular stenosis and nasalvalve compromise later in life. Following a fall on a sharp edge ofa metallic bed, a sixteen month old child with a deep laceratednasal wound extending from the collumellar base toward thetip of the nose underwent surgical exploration and repair of thenasal vestibule and nasal cavity. A soft silicone stent fashioned asinverted V was placed bilaterally. The child made a remarkablerecovery with no evidence of vestibular stenosis or nasal valveabnormalities. In patients with nasal trauma involving the nasalvestibule and internal and external nasal valves stent placementavoids sequels, adhesions, contractures, synechia vestibularstenosis and fibrosis involving these anatomical structures.The advantages of the described V- stents over the traditionalreadymade ridged nasal stents, tubing’s and composite aural graftsare: a technical simplicity of use, b safety, c less morbidity, dmore comfortable, and e economical. To our knowledge, this isthe first report of such a stent for prevention of vestibular stenosisand preserving nasal valves.

  17. Vestibular schwannoma with contralateral facial pain – case report

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    Ghodsi Mohammad

    2003-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma most commonly presents with ipsilateral disturbances of acoustic, vestibular, trigeminal and facial nerves. Presentation of vestibular schwannoma with contralateral facial pain is quite uncommon. Case presentation Among 156 cases of operated vestibular schwannoma, we found one case with unusual presentation of contralateral hemifacial pain. Conclusion The presentation of contralateral facial pain in the vestibular schwannoma is rare. It seems that displacement and distortion of the brainstem and compression of the contralateral trigeminal nerve in Meckel's cave by the large mass lesion may lead to this atypical presentation. The best practice in these patients is removal of the tumour, although persistent contralateral pain after operation has been reported.

  18. Vestibular PREHAB and gentamicin before schwannoma surgery may improve long-term postural function

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    Tjernström, Fredrik; Fransson, Per-Anders; Kahlon, Babar; Karlberg, Mikael; Lindberg, Sven; Siesjö, Peter; Magnusson, Måns

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    Abstract Background: Unilateral vestibular deafferentation (uVD), as performed in vestibular schwannoma surgery, results in a chronic vestibular deficit, though most of the insufficiency can be compensated by other sensory input. By vestibular training (prehabituation) performed before surgery, motor adaptation processes can be instigated before the actual lesion. The adaptation processes of the altered sensory input could be affected if the vestibular ablation and surgery was sepa...

  19. Progressive vestibular mutation leads to elevated anxiety.

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    Shefer, Shahar; Gordon, Carlos R; Avraham, Karen B; Mintz, Matti

    2010-03-01

    Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental disorders, and are comorbid with balance disorders in a significant proportion of these individuals. Presently, it is unclear whether anxiety and balance disorders are causally related, and what direction this causality may take. We argue that balance disorders may predispose an individual to anxiety and that demonstration of such causality may be informative to the development of preferred treatment for such individuals. To demonstrate that balance disorders may predispose to anxiety, we studied headbanger (Hdb) mutant mice in which the balance disorder is due to progressive vestibular impairment and wildtype (Wt) mice. Balance was assessed by swim and tail-hang tests that demonstrated clear behavioral balance deficits in the Hdb mice. Anxiety was assessed by open-field and elevated plus-maze tests, which confirmed elevated anxiety in the Hdb mice. These findings demonstrate that congenital vestibular genotype predisposes the animal to elevated levels of anxiety in space-related tests. Similar causality in clinics may redirect treatment strategies in afflicted patients. PMID:20043895

  20. Effectiveness of vestibular exercise in acute vertigo

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    To evaluate effectiveness of vestibular exercises in acute vertigo. 45 patients with acute vertigo were divided into 2 groups; 23 in study group (SG) and 22 in control group (CG). All patients were given tablet betahistine 24 mg twice daily as basic medical treatment and tablet Stemetil 5mg as a rescue. Those in SG also received vestibular exercise. Assessment was done using validated questionnaires, neuro-otology tests and individual diaries. Results : Intragroup comparison of intensity of symptoms showed a significant improvement from baseline, 3-month and 6-month visit with p<0.001. While intergroup comparison showed reduction of scores in both groups and which was greater in SG at 6 months visit. An improvement of neuro-otology tests was seen in all five tests whereby the Romber test, Unterberger-Fukuda test and spontaneous nystagmus test showed earlier improvement in SG at 3-month visit than CG. The SG also recovered faster and used lesser medication. 30.4% patients in SG were asymptomatic as early as first to third week after intervention. The number of rescue medications required in each group lessened towards the end of study. By week 7, 56.3% of SG and 43.8% of CG needed no rescue medication. (author)

  1. Avaliação vestibular no tremor essencial / Vestibular evaluation in the essential tremor

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    Bianca Simone, Zeigelboim; Cláudia, Mittelmann.

    Full Text Available TEMA: o tremor essencial é familial em cerca de 50% dos casos, com uma herança autossômica, possui início insidioso e é lentamente progressivo. PROCEDIMENTOS: avaliou-se no Setor de Otoneurologia de um Hospital Particular em fevereiro de 2007, uma paciente do sexo feminino, branca, 59 anos, casada, [...] artista plástica, com história de tremor na cabeça desde os dois anos de idade (sic). A paciente relata queixa de tontura há vários meses de origem súbita sem acompanhamento de náusea e/ou queda. Nega perda de força muscular e formigamento em membros superiores e inferiores, rebaixamento da acuidade auditiva e zumbido. A paciente relata que um de seus filhos possuiu tremor nas mãos há dois anos e avós maternos e paternos com Parkinson. Realizaram-se os seguintes procedimentos: anamnese, inspeção otológica e avaliação vestibular por meio da vectoeletronistagmografia. RESULTADOS: observaram-se os seguintes achados ao exame vestibular: nistagmo de posicionamento com características centrais, nistagmo espontâneo presente com os olhos abertos, nistagmo semi-espontâneo do tipo múltiplo e hiper-reflexia em valor absoluto à prova calórica 20ºC (OD e OE). CONCLUSÃO: o exame vestibular mostrou-se sensível e importante para captar alterações em provas que sugerissem envolvimento do sistema nervoso central. Abstract in english BACKGROUND: essential tremors are family-related in about 50% of the cases with an autosomal inheritance and they register an insidious beginning with a slow progression. PROCEDURE: a 59 year old, white female patient, married and whose occupation is a plastic artist with a history of head tremors s [...] ince she was two years (sic) old was evaluated in the Otoneurology sector of a private hospital, during the period from February 2007. The patient had been complaining of dizziness from unknown origin for several months without accompanying nausea and/or falls. She denied any loss of muscular strength or tingling in her upper and lower members and neither any lowering of her auditory sharpness nor buzzing. The patient informed that one of her children suffered hand tremors two years ago and also that both grandparents had Parkinson’s disease. The following procedures were performed: anamnesis, otological inspection and vestibular evaluation through vectoelectronystagmography. RESULTS: the following findings from the vestibular exam were observed: positioning nystagmus with central characteristics, spontaneous nystagmus with the eyes open, semi-spontaneous nystagmus of the multiple and hyperreflexia type in readings absolute to the caloric test at 20ºC (RE and LE). CONCLUSION: the vestibular exam was shown to be sensitive and important for garnering alterations in tests that suggested involvement of the central nervous system.

  2. Função vestibular no acidente vascular cerebral do território carotídeo / Vestibular function in carotid territory stroke patients

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    Anna Paula Batista de Ávila, Pires; Marcia Maiumi, Fukujima; Fernando Freitas, Ganança; Letícia de Moraes, Aquino; Maurício Malavasi, Ganança; Heloisa Helena, Caovilla.

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    Full Text Available Pacientes após Acidente Vascular Cerebral (AVC) podem apresentar sintomas otoneurológicos. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a função vestibular de pacientes com antecedente pessoal de AVC no território carotídeo. Desenho científico: estudo de coorte histórica com corte transversal. MÉTODO: Quarenta pacientes foram [...] submetidos à anamnese, exame otorrinolaringológico, Dizziness Handicap Inventory e vectoeletronistagmografia. RESULTADOS: Anormalidades discretas dos movimentos sacádicos foram encontradas em 20 pacientes (50,0%); nove referiram desequilíbrio e um tontura. O ganho do rastreio pendular foi anormal em 17 casos (42,5%); seis referiram desequilíbrio e um tontura. Preponderância direcional anormal do nistagmoperrotatório ocorreu em dois casos (5,0%), que referiram desequilíbrio. A prova calórica identificou três casos (7,5%) com predomínio labiríntico anormal e dois (5,0%) com preponderância direcional anormal do nistagmo; os cinco casos relataram desequilíbrio. Dos 11 pacientes que não referiram manifestações de alteração do equilíbrio corporal, 10 apresentaram alterações nos movimentos sacádicos e no rastreio pendular e um apresentou exame vestibular normal. CONCLUSÃO: Pacientes com antecedente pessoal de AVC no território carotídeo podem apresentar tontura ou desequilíbrio corporal e sinais de comprometimento da motilidade ocular e da função vestibular. Abstract in english Stroke patients may present otoneurological symptoms. OBJECTIVE: To assess the vestibular function of subjects with a history of carotid territory stroke. METHOD: This historical cohort cross sectional study enrolled 40 patients; subjects answered the Dizziness Handicap Inventory, were interviewed a [...] nd submitted to ENT examination and vectorelectronystagmography. RESULTS: Mild saccadic movement anomalies were seen in 20 patients (50.0%); nine complained of imbalance and dizziness. Abnormal smooth pursuit gain was seen in 17 cases (42.5%); six subjects reported imbalance and one complained of dizziness. Abnormal directional preponderance during rotational nystagmus was seen in two cases (5.0%), who also reported imbalance. Three patients (7.5%) and two subjects (5.0%) were found to have abnormal labyrinthine predominance and abnormal nystagmus directional preponderance respectively; all five individuals reported imbalance. Ten of the 11 patients without complaints of disordered balance had altered saccadic and smooth pursuit eye movements, while one had unaltered vestibular function. CONCLUSION: Patients with a history of carotid territory stroke may suffer from dizziness or imbalance and present signs of compromised eye motility and vestibular function.

  3. Nystagmus in Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct: A Case Series.

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    White, Judith; Krakovitz, Paul

    2015-01-21

    Enlarged vestibular aqueduct (EVA) is one of the commonly identified congenital temporal bone abnormalities associated with sensorineural hearing loss. Hearing loss may be unilateral or bilateral, and typically presents at birth or in early childhood. Vestibular symptoms have been reported in up to 50% of affected individuals, and may be delayed in onset until adulthood. The details of nystagmus in patients with EVA have not been previously reported. The objectives were to describe the clinical history, vestibular test findings and nystagmus seen in a case series of patients with enlarged vestibular aqueduct anomaly. Chart review, included computed tomography temporal bones, infrared nystagmography with positional and positioning testing, caloric testing, rotary chair and vibration testing. Clinical history and nystagmus varied among the five patients in this series. All patients were initially presumed to have benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, but repositioning treatments were not effective, prompting referral, further testing and evaluation. In three patients with longstanding vestibular complaints, positional nystagmus was consistently present. One patient had distinct recurrent severe episodes of positional nystagmus. Nystagmus was unidirectional and horizontal. In one case horizontal nystagmus was consistently reproducible with seated head turn to the affected side, and reached 48 d/s. Nystagmus associated with enlarged vestibular aqueduct is often positional, and can be confused with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Unexplained vestibular symptoms in patients with unilateral or bilateral sensorineural hearing loss should prompt diagnostic consideration of EVA. PMID:26557362

  4. Nystagmus in enlarged vestibular aqueduct: a case series

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    Judith White

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Enlarged vestibular aqueduct (EVA is one of the commonly identified congenital temporal bone abnormalities associated with sensorineural hearing loss. Hearing loss may be unilateral or bilateral, and typically presents at birth or in early childhood. Vestibular symptoms have been reported in up to 50% of affected individuals, and may be delayed in onset until adulthood. The details of nystagmus in patients with EVA have not been previously reported. The objectives were to describe the clinical history, vestibular test findings and nystagmus seen in a case series of patients with enlarged vestibular aqueduct anomaly. Chart review, included computed tomography temporal bones, infrared nystagmography with positional and positioning testing, caloric testing, rotary chair and vibration testing. Clinical history and nystagmus varied among the five patients in this series. All patients were initially presumed to have benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, but repositioning treatments were not effective, prompting referral, further testing and evaluation. In three patients with longstanding vestibular complaints, positional nystagmus was consistently present. One patient had distinct recurrent severe episodes of positional nystagmus. Nystagmus was unidirectional and horizontal. In one case horizontal nystagmus was consistently reproducible with seated head turn to the affected side, and reached 48 d/s. Nystagmus associated with enlarged vestibular aqueduct is often positional, and can be confused with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Unexplained vestibular symptoms in patients with unilateral or bilateral sensorineural hearing loss should prompt diagnostic consideration of EVA.

  5. Passive motion reduces vestibular balance and perceptual responses.

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    Fitzpatrick, Richard C; Watson, Shaun R D

    2015-05-15

    With the hypothesis that vestibular sensitivity is regulated to deal with a range of environmental motion conditions, we explored the effects of passive whole-body motion on vestibular perceptual and balance responses. In 10 subjects, vestibular responses were measured before and after a period of imposed passive motion. Vestibulospinal balance reflexes during standing evoked by galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) were measured as shear reaction forces. Perceptual tests measured thresholds for detecting angular motion, perceptions of suprathreshold rotation and perceptions of GVS-evoked illusory rotation. The imposed conditioning motion was 10 min of stochastic yaw rotation (0.5-2.5 Hz ? 300 deg s(-2) ) with subjects seated. This conditioning markedly reduced reflexive and perceptual responses. The medium latency galvanic reflex (300-350 ms) was halved in amplitude (48%; P = 0.011) but the short latency response was unaffected. Thresholds for detecting imposed rotation more than doubled (248%; P vestibular sensations of rotation evoked by GVS (mean 113 deg for 10 s at 1 mA) by 44% (P vestibular sensory autoregulation exists and that this probably involves central and peripheral mechanisms, possibly through vestibular efferent regulation. We propose that failure of these regulatory mechanisms at different levels could lead to disorders of movement perception and balance control during standing. PMID:25809702

  6. Improving Sensorimotor Function Using Stochastic Vestibular Stimulation

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    Galvan, R. C.; Clark, T. K.; Merfeld, D. M.; Bloomberg, J. J.; Mulavara, A. P.; Oman, C. M.

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    Astronauts experience sensorimotor changes during spaceflight, particularly during G-transition phases. Post flight sensorimotor changes may include postural and gait instability, spatial disorientation, and visual performance decrements, all of which can degrade operational capabilities of the astronauts and endanger the crew. Crewmember safety would be improved if these detrimental effects of spaceflight could be mitigated by a sensorimotor countermeasure and even further if adaptation to baseline could be facilitated. The goal of this research is to investigate the potential use of stochastic vestibular stimulation (SVS) as a technology to improve sensorimotor function. We hypothesize that low levels of SVS will improve sensorimotor performance through stochastic resonance (SR). The SR phenomenon occurs when the response of a nonlinear system to a weak input signal is optimized by the application of a particular nonzero level of noise. Two studies have been initiated to investigate the beneficial effects and potential practical usage of SVS. In both studies, electrical vestibular stimulation is applied via electrodes on the mastoid processes using a constant current stimulator. The first study aims to determine the repeatability of the effect of vestibular stimulation on sensorimotor performance and perception in order to better understand the practical use of SVS. The beneficial effect of low levels of SVS on balance performance has been shown in the past. This research uses the same balance task repeated multiple times within a day and across days to study the repeatability of the stimulation effects. The balance test consists of 50 sec trials in which the subject stands with his or her feet together, arms crossed, and eyes closed on compliant foam. Varying levels of SVS, ranging from 0-700 micro A, are applied across different trials. The subject-specific optimal SVS level is that which results in the best balance performance as measured by inertial measurement units placed on the upper and lower torso of the subjects. Additionally, each individual’s threshold for illusory motion perception of suprasensory electrical vestibular stimulation is measured multiple times within and across days to better understand how multiple SVS test methods compare. The second study aims to demonstrate stochastic resonance in the vestibular system using a perception based motion recognition task. This task measures an individual’s velocity threshold of motion recognition using a 6-degree of freedom Stewart platform and a 3-down/1-up staircase procedure. For this study, thresholds are determined using 150 trials in the upright, head-centered roll tilt motion direction at a 0.2 Hz frequency. We aim to demonstrate the characteristic bell shaped curve associated with stochastic resonance with each subject’s motion recognition thresholds at varying SVS levels ranging from 0 to 1500 micro A. The curve includes the individual’s baseline threshold with no SVS, optimal or minimal threshold at some mid-level of SVS, and finally degraded or increased threshold at a high SVS level. An additional aim is to formally retest each subject at his or her individual optimal SVS level on a different day than the original testing for additional validity. The overall purpose of this research is to further quantify the effects of SVS on various sensorimotor tasks and investigate the practical implications of its use in the context of human space flight so that it may be implemented in the future as a component of a comprehensive countermeasure plan for adaptation to G-transitions.

  7. The Development of the Vestibular Apparatus Under Conditions of Weightlessness

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    Vinnikov, Y. A.; Gazenko, O. G.; Lychakov, D. V.; Palmbakh, L. R.

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    A series of experiments has been carried out on the effect of space flight conditions on morphogenesis and the structure of the vestibular apparatus in amphibian and fish larvae. Larval development proceeded in weightlessness without serious morphological defects. The vestibular apparatus developed; its organization in the experimental animals did not differ qualitatively from that in the controls. The specific external stimulus (gravitation) appears not to be a necessary condition for the development of a gravitation receptor in ontogenesis although the appearance of the vestibular apparatus in phylogenesis was apparently related to this stimulus.

  8. Reabilitação vestibular em idosos com Parkinson / Vestibular rehabilitation in elderly patients with Parkinson

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    Jackeline, Martins-Bassetto; Bianca Simone, Zeigelboim; Ari Leon, Jurkiewicz; Angela, Ribas; Marine Raquel Diniz da, Rosa.

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: verificar a efetividade dos exercícios de reabilitação vestibular (RV) por meio de avaliação pré e pós-aplicação do questionário Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI) - adaptação brasileira. MÉTODOS: avaliaram-se oito pacientes (três do sexo feminino e cinco do sexo masculino), na faixa etári [...] a de 48 a 71 anos, encaminhados da Associação Paranaense de Parkinson para o Laboratório de Otoneurologia da Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná. Os pacientes foram divididos em dois grupos e submetidos aos seguintes procedimentos: anamnese, avaliação otorrinolaringológica, avaliação vestibular por meio da vectoeletronistagmografia (VENG) e aplicação do questionário DHI - adaptação brasileira pré e pós RV utilizando-se os protocolos de Cawthorne e Cooksey (grupo A) e Herdman (grupo B). RESULTADOS: a) conforme as queixas otoneurológicas referidas na anamnese, observou-se a prevalência da tontura (100,0%), tremor (100,0%) e desvio de marcha (75,0&); b) no exame vestibular, todos os pacientes (100,0%) apresentaram alteração, sendo a maior freqüência das síndromes vestibulares periféricas deficitárias (62,5%); c) houve melhora significativa dos aspectos funcional (p = 0,020470) e emocional (p = 0,013631) após a realização dos exercícios de RV utilizando-se o protocolo de Cawthorne e Cooksey e do aspecto emocional (p=0,007316) utilizando-se o protocolo de Herdman. CONCLUSÃO: comparando-se os dois protocolos utilizados, verificou-se uma melhora significativa dos pacientes do grupo A, submetidos ao protocolo de Cawthorne e Cooksey (p=0.0231). Abstract in english PURPOSE: to check the effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation exercises (RV) by means of an evaluation of a pre and post application of the Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI) questionnaire (Brazilian version). METHODS: eight patients were evaluated (three female and five male), in the age group v [...] arying from 48 to 71, referred from the Paraná Association of Parkinson to the Otoneurological Laboratory of Tuiuti University of Paraná. The patients were divided in two groups and submitted to the following procedures: anamnesis, otorhinolaryngological evaluation, vestibular evaluation through vectoelectronystagmography (VENG) and an application of DHI questionnaire (Brazilian version) before and after RV, using Cawthorne and Cooksey (group A) and Herdman (group B) protocols. RESULTS: a) regarding the otoneurological complaints referred to in the anamnesis, the prevalence of dizziness (100.0%), trembling (100.0%) and deviation during walking (75.0%) were observed; b) In the vestibular exam, all patients (100.0%) presented alterations, with the largest incidence being the deficient peripheral vestibular syndromes (62.5%); c) There was significant improvement of the functional (p = 0,020470) and emotional (p = 0,013631) aspects after accomplishing the RV exercises using the Cawthorne and Cooksey protocol and of the emotional aspect (p=0,007316) using Herdman protocol. CONCLUSION: comparing the two protocols used, a significant improvement of group A patients, submitted to the protocol of Cawthorne and Cooksey (p=0.0231), was confirmed.

  9. Vestibular contributions to a right-hemisphere network for bodily awareness: combining galvanic vestibular stimulation and the "Rubber Hand Illusion".

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    Ferrè, Elisa Raffaella; Berlot, Eva; Haggard, Patrick

    2015-03-01

    An altered sense of one's own body is a common consequence of vestibular damage, and also of damage to vestibular networks in the right hemisphere. However, few experimental studies have investigated whether vestibular signals contribute to bodily awareness. We addressed this issue by combining an established experimental model of bodily awareness (Rubber Hand Illusion -RHI) with galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) in healthy participants. Brief left anodal and right cathodal GVS (which predominantly activates vestibular networks in the right hemisphere), or right anodal and left cathodal GVS, or sham stimulation were delivered at random, while participants experienced either synchronous or asynchronous visuo-tactile stimulation of a rubber hand and their own hand. The drift in the perceived position of the participant's hand towards the rubber hand was used as a proxy measure of the resulting multisensory illusion of body ownership. GVS induced strong polarity-dependent effects on this measure of RHI: left anodal and right cathodal GVS produced significantly lower proprioceptive drift than right anodal and left cathodal GVS. We suggest that vestibular inputs influence the multisensory weighting functions that underlie bodily awareness: the right hemisphere vestibular projections activated by the left anodal and right cathodal GVS increased the weight of intrinsic proprioceptive signals about hand position, and decreased the weight of visual information responsible for visual capture during the RHI. PMID:25619847

  10. The modified ampullar approach for vestibular implant surgery: Feasibility and its first application in a human with a long-term vestibular loss

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    RaymondVan De Berg

    2012-02-01

    Conclusion: The modified ampullar approach provides safe access to the ampullae using as minimally invasive surgery as possible. For the first time in a human with long-term bilateral vestibular areflexia, it is shown that the VOR can be evoked by ampullar stimulation, even when there has been no vestibular function for almost twenty years. This approach should be considered in vestibular surgery, as it provides safe access to one of the most favourable stimulus locations for development of a vestibular implant.

  11. Improved results for vestibular schwannoma radiosurgery

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    PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE: Treatment techniques in radiosurgery have changed since 1987. We reviewed patients who received radiosurgery for vestibular schwannoma to identify these changes and to investigate any differences in tumor control and complications. MATERIALS and METHODS: One hundred thirty-eight unilateral vestibular schwannoma patients with a minimum follow-up of two years after treatment with gamma knife radiosurgery between 1987 and 1992 were analyzed. The early treatment group consisted of 55 patients treated between 1987-1989 (median: tumor volume 3.63 cc, Dmin 18.1 Gy, Dmax 35.4 Gy, isocenters 2.3, follow-up 50.4 mos.). The later treatment group consisted of 83 patients treated between 1990-1992 (median: tumor volume 3.81 cc, Dmin 16.0 Gy, Dmax 31.6 Gy, isocenters 4.7, follow-up 35.8 mos.) RESULTS: Clinical tumor recurrence requiring surgical intervention occurred in one patient in each group. The overall actuarial clinical tumor control rate was 98%. Slight increases in tumor size (1 to 2 mm) were identified in five other patients not requiring intervention, because of no further tumor growth (n=4) or shrinkage (n=1). This led to an overall radiologic tumor control rate of 92% (not significantly different in either group). Compared to the early treatment group, the incidence of facial neuropathy (temporary or permanent) decreased in the later group (49% vs. 11%, p < 0.0001), as did trigeminal neuropathy (40% vs. 8%, p < 0.0001). Serviceable hearing preservation improved only slightly in the later group (27% vs. 40%, p = 0.70). CONCLUSION: We document a significant decrease in the morbidity of vestibular schwannoma radiosurgery over this time period with no decrease in the high rate of tumor control. This improvement is attributed to a) better conformal dose-planning with stereotactic MRI rather than CT, b) an increase in the number of isocenters used, and c) a reduction in the average dose administered by 2 Gy

  12. Balancing awareness: Vestibular signals modulate visual consciousness in the absence of awareness.

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    Salomon, Roy; Kaliuzhna, Mariia; Herbelin, Bruno; Blanke, Olaf

    2015-11-01

    The processing of visual and vestibular information is crucial for perceiving self-motion. Visual cues, such as optic flow, have been shown to induce and alter vestibular percepts, yet the role of vestibular information in shaping visual awareness remains unclear. Here we investigated if vestibular signals influence the access to awareness of invisible visual signals. Using natural vestibular stimulation (passive yaw rotations) on a vestibular self-motion platform, and optic flow masked through continuous flash suppression (CFS) we tested if congruent visual-vestibular information would break interocular suppression more rapidly than incongruent information. We found that when the unseen optic flow was congruent with the vestibular signals perceptual suppression as quantified with the CFS paradigm was broken more rapidly than when it was incongruent. We argue that vestibular signals impact the formation of visual awareness through enhanced access to awareness for congruent multisensory stimulation. PMID:26204565

  13. [Myogenic vestibular evoked potentials used to objective estimation of effectiveness of central action drugs].

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    Morawiec-Bajda, A; Wasilewski, B

    2000-01-01

    In this paper possibility of employing vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMPs) was evaluated to following efficacy of drug effect in patients with central and peripheral vestibular disorders of various aetiologies. Also influence of antihomotoxic remedies on sacculo-collic reflex function were followed. Treatment concerned 23 ills that is 20 women and 3 men in age from 20 to 68 years, average age being 46,82 years. The studied population included 8 patients were diagnosed to have Meniere's disease, 5 ills suffered from neuronitis vestibularis, 5 patients complained of vertigo of vertebrobasilar arterial insufficiency. 3 patients were diagnosed to have vertigo after head trauma, 1 patient suffered from benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and one's cause of disease was unknown. Patients with tumor of ponto-cerebellaris angle or VIII nerve were excluded. Registration of VEMPs was done in all patients treated before starting and after stopping therapy. After using of Cerebrum comp. improvement of vestibulo-spinal reflex function was affirmed in the form of shorted latencies and higher amplitudes of VEMPs in the most patients. Using sublingually of Vertigoheel distinct greater amplitudes were observed in significant numbers of patients after therapy. Administered of placebo did not essential influence on values of VEMPs parameters. PMID:10917061

  14. Vestibular function and temporal bone imaging in DFNB1.

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    Oonk, A M M; Beynon, A J; Peters, T A; Kunst, H P M; Admiraal, R J C; Kremer, H; Verbist, B; Pennings, R J E

    2015-09-01

    DFNB1 is the most prevalent type of hereditary hearing impairment known nowadays and the audiometric phenotype is very heterogeneous. There is, however, no consensus in literature on vestibular and imaging characteristics. Vestibular function and imaging results of 44 DFNB1 patients were evaluated in this retrospective study. All patients displayed a response during rotational velocity step testing. In 65% of the cases, the caloric results were within normal range bilaterally. The video head impulse test was normal in all patients. In 34.4% of the CT scans one or more temporal bone anomalies were found. The various anomalies found, were present in small numbers and none seemed convincingly linked to a specific DFNB1genotype. The group of DFNB1 patients presented here is the largest thus far evaluated for their vestibular function. From this study, it can be assumed that DFNB1 is not associated with vestibular dysfunction or specific temporal bone anomalies. PMID:26188104

  15. Concomitant occurrence of vestibular schwannoma and epidermoid tumor

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    B V Savitr Sastri

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The occurrence of two tumors adjacent to each other at the same site is very rare. We present here, a patient with a vestibular schwannoma found adjacent to an epidermoid tumor in the cerebellopontine angle.

  16. Telefones celulares: influência nos sistemas auditivo e vestibular / Mobile phones: influence on auditory and vestibular systems

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    Aracy Pereira Silveira, Balbani; Jair Cortez, Montovani.

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Os sistemas de telecomunicações emitem radiofreqüência, uma radiação eletromagnética invisível. Telefones celulares transmitem microondas (450900 MHz no sistema analógico e 1,82,2 GHz no sistema digital), muito próximo à orelha do usuário. Esta energia é absorvida pela pele, orelha interna, nervo ve [...] stibulococlear e superfície do lobo temporal. OBJETIVO: Revisar a literatura sobre influência dos telefones celulares na audição e equilíbrio. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Revisão sistemática. METODOLOGIA: Foram pesquisados artigos nas bases Lilacs e Medline sobre a influência dos telefones celulares nos sistemas auditivo e vestibular, publicados de 2000 a 2005, e também materiais veiculados na Internet. RESULTADOS: Os estudos sobre radiação do telefone celular e risco de neurinoma do acústico apresentam resultados contraditórios. Alguns autores não encontram maior probabilidade de aparecimento do tumor nos usuários de celulares, enquanto outros relatam que a utilização de telefones analógicos por 10 anos ou mais aumenta o risco para o tumor. A exposição aguda às microondas emitidas pelo celular não influencia a atividade das células ciliadas externas da cóclea, in vivo e in vitro, a condução elétrica no nervo coclear, nem a fisiologia do sistema vestibular em humanos. As próteses auditivas analógicas são mais suscetíveis à interferência eletromagnética dos telefones celulares digitais. CONCLUSÃO: Não há comprovação de lesão cocleovestibular pelos telefones celulares. Abstract in english Telecommunications systems emit radiofrequency, which is an invisible electromagnetic radiation. Mobile phones operate with microwaves (450900 MHz in the analog service, and 1,82,2 GHz in the digital service) very close to the user’s ear. The skin, inner ear, cochlear nerve and the temporal lobe sur [...] face absorb the radiofrequency energy. AIM: literature review on the influence of cellular phones on hearing and balance. STUDY DESIGN: systematic review. METHODS: We reviewed papers on the influence of mobile phones on auditory and vestibular systems from Lilacs and Medline databases, published from 2000 to 2005, and also materials available in the Internet. RESULTS: Studies concerning mobile phone radiation and risk of developing an acoustic neuroma have controversial results. Some authors did not see evidences of a higher risk of tumor development in mobile phone users, while others report that usage of analog cellular phones for ten or more years increase the risk of developing the tumor. Acute exposure to mobile phone microwaves do not influence the cochlear outer hair cells function in vivo and in vitro, the cochlear nerve electrical properties nor the vestibular system physiology in humans. Analog hearing aids are more susceptible to the electromagnetic interference caused by digital mobile phones. CONCLUSION: there is no evidence of cochleo-vestibular lesion caused by cellular phones.

  17. Telefones celulares: influência nos sistemas auditivo e vestibular Mobile phones: influence on auditory and vestibular systems

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    Aracy Pereira Silveira Balbani

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Os sistemas de telecomunicações emitem radiofreqüência, uma radiação eletromagnética invisível. Telefones celulares transmitem microondas (450900 MHz no sistema analógico e 1,82,2 GHz no sistema digital, muito próximo à orelha do usuário. Esta energia é absorvida pela pele, orelha interna, nervo vestibulococlear e superfície do lobo temporal. OBJETIVO: Revisar a literatura sobre influência dos telefones celulares na audição e equilíbrio. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Revisão sistemática. METODOLOGIA: Foram pesquisados artigos nas bases Lilacs e Medline sobre a influência dos telefones celulares nos sistemas auditivo e vestibular, publicados de 2000 a 2005, e também materiais veiculados na Internet. RESULTADOS: Os estudos sobre radiação do telefone celular e risco de neurinoma do acústico apresentam resultados contraditórios. Alguns autores não encontram maior probabilidade de aparecimento do tumor nos usuários de celulares, enquanto outros relatam que a utilização de telefones analógicos por 10 anos ou mais aumenta o risco para o tumor. A exposição aguda às microondas emitidas pelo celular não influencia a atividade das células ciliadas externas da cóclea, in vivo e in vitro, a condução elétrica no nervo coclear, nem a fisiologia do sistema vestibular em humanos. As próteses auditivas analógicas são mais suscetíveis à interferência eletromagnética dos telefones celulares digitais. CONCLUSÃO: Não há comprovação de lesão cocleovestibular pelos telefones celulares.Telecommunications systems emit radiofrequency, which is an invisible electromagnetic radiation. Mobile phones operate with microwaves (450900 MHz in the analog service, and 1,82,2 GHz in the digital service very close to the user’s ear. The skin, inner ear, cochlear nerve and the temporal lobe surface absorb the radiofrequency energy. AIM: literature review on the influence of cellular phones on hearing and balance. STUDY DESIGN: systematic review. METHODS: We reviewed papers on the influence of mobile phones on auditory and vestibular systems from Lilacs and Medline databases, published from 2000 to 2005, and also materials available in the Internet. RESULTS: Studies concerning mobile phone radiation and risk of developing an acoustic neuroma have controversial results. Some authors did not see evidences of a higher risk of tumor development in mobile phone users, while others report that usage of analog cellular phones for ten or more years increase the risk of developing the tumor. Acute exposure to mobile phone microwaves do not influence the cochlear outer hair cells function in vivo and in vitro, the cochlear nerve electrical properties nor the vestibular system physiology in humans. Analog hearing aids are more susceptible to the electromagnetic interference caused by digital mobile phones. CONCLUSION: there is no evidence of cochleo-vestibular lesion caused by cellular phones.

  18. Vestibular ataxia and its measurement in man

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    Fregly, A. R.

    1974-01-01

    Methods involved in and results obtained with a new comprehensive ataxia test battery are described, and definitions of spontaneous and induced vestibular ataxia in man are given in terms of these findings. In addition, the topic of alcohol-induced ataxia in relation to labyrinth function is investigated. Items in the test battery comprise a sharpened Romberg test, in which the subject stands on the floor with eyes closed and arms folded against his chest, feet heel-to-toe, for 60 seconds; an eyes-open walking test; an eyes-open standing test; an eyes-closed standing test; an eyes-closed on-leg standing test; an eyes-closed walk a line test; an eyes-closed heel-to-toe walking test; and supplementary ataxia tests such as the classical Romberg test.

  19. The European vestibular experiments in spacelab-1

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    Kass, J.; von Baumgarten, R.; Vogel, H.; Wetzig, J.; Benson, A.; Berthoz, A.; Vieville, Th.; Brandt, Th.; Probst, Th.; Brand, U.; Bruzek, W.; Dichgans, J.; Scherer, H.

    A series of experiments /1/ were performed in the Spacelab-1 mission on November/December, 1983, pre-, in-, and postflight. These experiments covered various aspects of the functions of the vestibular system, the inflight tests comprising threshold measurements for linear movements in three orthogonal axes, optokinetic stimulation, vestibulo-ocular reflexes under linear and angular accelerations, caloric stimulation with and without linear accelerations; pre- and postflight tests repeated the inflight protocol with the addition of subjective vertical and eye counter-rotation measurements using a tilt table. One of the most surprising and significant results was the caloric test: strong caloric nystagmus on the two subjects tested was recorded inflight; this was contrary to what was expected from Barany's convection hypothesis for caloric nystagmus.

  20. Morphological analysis of the vestibular aqueduct by computerized tomography images

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    Objective: In the last two decades, advances in the computerized tomography (CT) field revise the internal and medium ear evaluation. Therefore, the aim of this study is to analyze the morphology and morphometric aspects of the vestibular aqueduct on the basis of computerized tomography images (CTI). Material and method: Computerized tomography images of vestibular aqueducts were acquired from patients (n = 110) with an age range of 1-92 years. Thereafter, from the vestibular aqueducts images a morphometric analysis was performed. Through a computerized image processing system, the vestibular aqueduct measurements comprised of its area, external opening, length and the distance from the vestibular aqueduct to the internal acoustic meatus. Results: The morphology of the vestibular aqueduct may be funnel-shaped, filiform or tubular and the respective proportions were found to be at 44%, 33% and 22% in children and 21.7%, 53.3% and 25% in adults. The morphometric data showed to be of 4.86 mm2 of area, 2.24 mm of the external opening, 4.73 mm of length and 11.88 mm of the distance from the vestibular aqueduct to the internal acoustic meatus, in children, and in adults it was of 4.93 mm2, 2.09 mm, 4.44 mm, and 11.35 mm, respectively. Conclusions: Computerized tomography showed that the vestibular aqueduct presents high morphological variability. The morphometric analysis showed that the differences found between groups of children and adults or between groups of both genders were not statistically significant

  1. Nystagmus in Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct: A Case Series

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    Judith White; Paul Krakovitz

    2015-01-01

    Enlarged vestibular aqueduct (EVA) is one of the commonly identified congenital temporal bone abnormalities associated with sensorineural hearing loss. Hearing loss may be unilateral or bilateral, and typically presents at birth or in early childhood. Vestibular symptoms have been reported in up to 50% of affected individuals, and may be delayed in onset until adulthood. The details of nystagmus in patients with EVA have not been previously reported. The objectives were to describe the clinic...

  2. Eye position dependency of nystagmus during constant vestibular stimulation.

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    Bockisch, C J; Khojasteh, E; Straumann, D; Hegemann, S C A

    2013-01-01

    Alexander's law, the eye position dependency of nystagmus due to peripheral vestibular lesions, has been hypothesized to occur due to adaptive changes in the brainstem velocity-to-position neural integrator in response to non-reciprocal vestibular stimulation. We investigated whether it develops during passive head rotations that produce constant nystagmus for >35 s. The yaw rotation stimulus consisted of a 1-s acceleration (100°/s(2)), followed by a lower acceleration ramp (starting at 7.3°/...

  3. Vestibular schwannoma with malignant transformation: a case report.

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    Son, E. I.; Kim, I. M.; Kim, S.P.

    2001-01-01

    We describe a rare case of malignant transformation in a vestibular schwannoma in a 33-yr-old woman. She presented herself with headache, tinnitus, and hearing loss and underwent posterior fossa explorations three times during the short period of 3 months. The clinicopathological features of the original tumor were typical of benign vestibular schwannoma. Despite a complete microsurgical excision, two months later, the tumor recurred locally with a rapid increase in size causing a progressive...

  4. Metachronous schwannoma in the colon with vestibular schwannoma

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    Jung, Eun-Joo; HAN, HYE SEUNG; Koh, Young-Cho; Cho, Joon; Ryu, Chun-Geun; Paik, Jin Hee; Hwang, Dae-Yong

    2014-01-01

    We experienced a case of vestibular schwannoma and metachronous schwannoma in the colon. A 59-year-old female presented with a 1-month history of hematochezia. She had undergone suboccipital craniectomy resulting in radical subtotal resection, followed by gamma knife radiosurgery for a large left vestibular schwannoma 4 years prior to admission. On preoperative colonoscopy, a huge mass through which the colonoscope could not be passed was detected. CT scans showed colo-colonic intussusception...

  5. Double localization of a unilateral sporadic vestibular schwannoma

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    Barbara, M.; Ronchetti, F.; Manni, V.; Monini, S.

    2008-01-01

    Vestibular schwannoma may present as a sporadic or genetically-based multi-localized benign neoplasm of the internal auditory canal and/or cerebello-pontine angle region. Multiple localization is generally regarded as genetic in origin and often affects the stato-acoustic bundle on both sides. A case of double vestibular schwannoma localized on the same stato-acoustic bundle is presented. After removal, slight histological differences were found between the two separate masses. From these fin...

  6. Preoperative Audiovestibular Handicap in Patients with Vestibular Schwannoma

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    Humphriss, Rachel L.; Baguley, David M.; Axon, Patrick R.; Moffat, David A.

    2006-01-01

    Objectives: To evaluate preoperative hearing, dizziness, and tinnitus handicap in patients with unilateral vestibular schwannoma (VS). Design: Prospective administration of the Hearing Handicap Inventory (HHI), Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI), and Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), prior to surgical intervention. Setting: A tertiary referral neuro-otology clinic. Participants: A total of 145 consecutive patients who were admitted for excision of their vestibular schwannomas between May 199...

  7. Posturografia em idosos com distúrbios vestibulares e quedas

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    Camila Macedo; Juliana Maria Gazzola; Heloisa Helena Caovilla; Natalia Aquaroni Ricci; Flávia Doná; Fernando Freitas Ganança

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    Introdução: A posturografia estática e dinâmica tem sido usada para analisar a habilidade de idosos com disfunção vestibular em manter o equilíbrio corporal em diferentes condições de conflitos sensoriais. O objetivo do exame é quantificar a velocidade de oscilação e o deslocamento do centro de pressão nas condições de conflitos visual, somatossensorial e interação visuo-vestibular, e o limite de estabilidade. Objetivo: Analisar a literatura referente ao controle do equilíbrio corporal em ido...

  8. Using Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation to Sense Abstract Data

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    MÀki-Reinikka, Kasperi; Torniainen, Jari; Alafuzoff, Aleksander; Kotkanen, Henri; Toivanen, Jukka M.

    2013-01-01

    We propose using galvanic vestibular stimulation for presenting abstract data, for instance stock market trends. Using galvanic vestibular stimulation, data is felt directly as a perturbation in the sense of balance. This work is showcased as an art performance, where stock market fluctuations cause a person to maintain or lose balance. We present the artistic and technical principles underlying the performance and describe the technical implementation of a working system. The work shows how ...

  9. Preservation of auditory and vestibular function after surgical removal of bilateral vestibular schwannomas in a patient with neurofibromatosis type 2

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    Black, F. O.; Brackmann, D. E.; Hitselberger, W. E.; Purdy, J.

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    The outcome of acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma) surgery continues to improve rapidly. Advances can be attributed to several fields, but the most important contributions have arisen from the identification of the genes responsible for the dominant inheritance of neurofibromatosis types 1 (NF1) and 2 (NF2) and the development of magnetic resonance imaging with gadolinium enhancement for the early anatomic confirmation of the pathognomonic, bilateral vestibular schwannomas in NF2. These advances enable early diagnosis and treatment when the tumors are small in virtually all subjects at risk for NF2. The authors suggest that advising young NF2 patients to wait until complications develop, especially hearing loss, before diagnosing and operating for bilateral eighth nerve schwannomas may not always be in the best interest of the patient. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first reported case of preservation of both auditory and vestibular function in a patient after bilateral vestibular schwannoma excision.

  10. Avaliação do efeito da cafeína no teste vestibular / Evaluation of the caffeine effect in the vestibular test

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    Lilian, Felipe; Lilia Correia, Simões; Denise Utsch, Gonçalves; Patrícia Cotta, Mancini.

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    Full Text Available Há controvérsias sobre a interferência da cafeína no teste vestibular. O café é a fonte mais rica em cafeína. Enquanto em alguns serviços os pacientes são orientados a suspender a ingestão de café 24 a 48 horas antes da realização do teste, outros não consideram necessária a suspensão da ingestão de [...] ssa bebida. OBJETIVO: Avaliar o efeito da cafeína no resultado do teste vestibular. FORMA DE ESTUDO: clínico com coorte transversal. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Estudo comparativo, transversal, pareado. O teste vestibular foi realizado em duplicidade, com intervalo máximo de cinco dias entre um e outro exame. No primeiro teste, os pacientes foram orientados a não ingerir café 24 horas antes do exame; no segundo teste, os pacientes foram orientados a beber café como de costume. Todos os participantes tinham indicação clínica de se submeter ao teste vestibular e tinham o hábito de tomar café. RESULTADOS: Participaram do estudo 19 mulheres com idade média de 49,5 anos. O consumo médio de café foi de três xícaras por dia. As queixas de ansiedade e cefaléia foram associadas ao teste realizado com suspensão do café. Não houve diferença estatisticamente significante nos resultados dos exames realizados com e sem ingestão de café. CONCLUSÃO: A ingestão moderada de café não interferiu no resultado do teste vestibular. Considerando ser recomendável que o paciente esteja tranqüilo ao se submeter ao teste vestibular e que a meia-vida da cafeína é de apenas seis horas, sugerimos que a orientação para a suspensão súbita e completa da ingestão moderada de café antes do teste vestibular para os indivíduos habituados à ingestão diária seja reavaliada. Abstract in english Exist controversy about the interference of the caffeine in the vestibular test. Coffee is the richest source of caffeine. While in some services, the patients were orient to suspend the ingestion of caffeine 24 to 48 hours before the vestibular test, other not consider the suspension of this drink [...] necessary. AIM: To evaluate the effect of caffeine in the vestibular test result. STUDY DESIGN: clinical with transversal cohort. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Seccional and matched research. The vestibular test was performed twice in the same patient, with five days interval between the exams. In the first test, the patient did not drink coffee 24 hours before the exam; in the second, the patient drunk coffee as usual. All of the participants had clinical indication for vestibular test and were used to drinking coffee. RESULTS: Nineteen women, medium age of 49,5 years, participated. The average coffee consumption was three cups per day. The complaints of anxiety and headache were associated with the submission to the vestibular test without coffee. The exams were not statistically different comparing the results of the tests performed with and without the coffee ingestion. CONCLUSION: The moderate ingestion of coffee was not shown to interfere in the results of the vestibular test. Considering that it is recommended that the patient be calm to be submitted to the vestibular test and that the half-life of the caffeine is only of six hours, we suggest that the orientation of complete and abrupt drinking coffee suspension of moderate dose before the vestibular test for the individuals used to daily drinking coffee be reevaluated.

  11. Potencial evocado miogênico vestibular a baixas frequências de estimulação / Vestibular evoked myogenic potentials using low frequency stimuli

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    Aline Cabral de, Oliveira; José Fernando, Colafêmina; Pedro de Lemos, Menezes.

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Os potenciais evocados miogênicos vestibulares são reflexos vestíbulo-cervicais, decorrentes da estimulação do sáculo com sons de forte intensidade. São necessários parâmetros de normalidade para indivíduos jovens normais, utilizando-se estímulos a baixas frequências, as quais configuram a região de [...] maior sensibilidade desse órgão sensorial. OBJETIVO: Realizar normatização do potencial evocado miogênico vestibular para baixas frequências de estimulação. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Captou-se o potencial evocado miogênico vestibular em 160 orelhas, no músculo esternocleidomastoideo, de forma ipsilateral, por meio da promediação de 200 tone bursts, frequência de 250 Hz, intensidade de 95 dB NAn. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Estudo de coorte contemporânea com corte transversal. RESULTADOS: Aplicando-se o teste T de Student ou o Teste de Mann-Whitney, não foi constatada diferença significativa para parâmetros do potencial evocado miogênico vestibular entre os gêneros, para p Abstract in english Vestibular evoked myogenic potentials are vestibulocervical reflexes resulting from sacculus stimulation with strong intensity sounds. Normality parameters are necessary for young normal individuals, using low frequency stimuli, which configure the most sensitive region of this sensory organ. AIM: T [...] o establish vestibular evoked myogenic potential standards for low frequency stimulation. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Vestibular evoked myogenic potential was captured from 160 ears, in the ipsilateral sternocleidomastoid muscle, using 200 averaged tone-burst stimuli, at 250 Hz, with an intensity of 95 dB NAn. CASE STUDY: Clinical observational cross-sectional. RESULTS: Neither the student's t-test nor the Mann-Whitney test showed a significant difference in latency or vestibular evoked myogenic potential amplitudes, for p

  12. Paroxismia vestibular: estudo clínico e tratamento de oito pacientes / Vestibular paroxysmia: clinical study and treatment of eight patients

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    Aline Mizuta Kozoroski, Kanashiro; Paula Levatti, Alexandre; Cristiana Borges, Pereira; Antonio Carlos de Paiva, Melo; Milberto, Scaff.

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available A paroxismia vestibular é uma síndrome de compressão do VIII nervo craniano e foi denominada inicialmente por Janetta "vertigem posicional incapacitante". Esta síndrome é caracterizada por episódios curtos de vertigem, zumbido, déficit vestibular e auditivo. A RM pode mostrar compressão do VIII nerv [...] o por vasos da fossa posterior, como a artéria basilar, artéria vertebral, artéria cerebelar inferior anterior, artéria cerebelar inferior posterior. A paroxismia vestibular pode ser tratada com terapia medicamentosa tais como carbamazepina, fenitoína ou gabapentina, ou com descompressão microvascular do VIII nervo. Este estudo descreve oito pacientes com paroxismia vestibular. Quatro deles mostraram também sinais clínicos sugerindo compressão do V e/ou VII nervos. Sete pacientes tratados com carbamazepina tiveram melhora significativa da vertigem e zumbido. Abstract in english Vestibular paroxysmia is a syndrome of cross-compression of the VIII cranial nerve and was first described by Jannetta who used the term "disabling positional vertigo". This syndrome is characterized by brief attacks of vertigo, tinnitus, vestibular and auditory deficits. MRI may show the VIII nerve [...] compression from vessels in the posterior fossa, such as the basilar, vertebral, anterior-inferior cerebellar or the posterior-inferior cerebellar arteries. Vestibular paroxysmia may be treated either with medical therapy, such as carbamazepine, phenytoin or gabapentin or with the microvascular decompression of the VIII nerve. This study describes eight patients with vestibular paroxysmia. Four of them showed also clinical signs suggesting cross-compression of the V and/or VII nerve. Seven patients treated with carbamazepine had significant improvement of vertigo and tinnitus.

  13. Doença vestibular periférica decorrente de osteoartropatia temporoioídea em um eqüino Peripheral vestibular disease associated with temporohyoid osteoarthropathy in a horse

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    Alexandre Secorun Borges; José Luiz de Mello Nicoletti; Armen Thomassian; Ênio Pedone Bandarra; Ana Laura Angeli

    2003-01-01

    Um eqüino com 22 anos de idade apresentou síndrome vestibular periférica associada à paralisia de nervo facial esquerdo devido à osteoartropatia temporoioídea. O exame endoscópico das bolsas guturais mostrou alteração de contorno da bula timpânica esquerda e aumento de volume da extremidade proximal do osso estiloióide do mesmo lado.A 22-year-old gelding showed vestibular syndrome associated with left facial nerve paralysis due to temporohyoid osteoarthropathy and the diagnostic was confirmed...

  14. Vestibular rehabilitation: clinical benefits to patients with Parkinson's disease / Reabilitação vestibular: utilidade clínica em pacientes com doença de Parkinson

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    Bianca Simone, Zeigelboim; Karlin Fabianne, Klagenberg; Hélio A. Ghizoni, Teive; Renato Puppi, Munhoz; Jackeline, Martins-Bassetto.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a eficácia dos exercícios de reabilitação vestibular (RV) por meio de avaliação pré e pós-aplicação da versão brasileira do questionário Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI). MÉTODO: Estudou-se 12 pacientes e realizaram-se os seguintes procedimentos: anamnese, avaliação otorrinolarin [...] gológica, vestibular e aplicação do DHI pré e pós RV. RESULTADOS: Do ponto de vista clínico, o tremor de repouso e a instabilidade postural subjetiva foram às queixas motoras mais freqüentes associadas às queixas de vertigem em 12 casos (100%); no exame vestibular, todos os pacientes apresentaram anormalidades, com freqüência das síndromes vestibulares periféricas deficitárias uni e bilaterais em 10 casos (83,3%); houve melhora significativa dos aspectos físico, funcional e emocional do DHI após a realização da RV. CONCLUSÃO: A RV seguindo o protocolo de Cawthorne e Cooksey mostrou-se útil no manejo de queixas subjetivas de diversos aspectos avaliados neste protocolo. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of the vestibular rehabilitation (VR) exercises by means of an assessment before and after the application of the Brazilian version of the Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI) questionnaire. METHOD: Twelve patients were studied, the following procedures were ca [...] rried out: anamnesis, otorhinolaryngological and vestibular evaluation, and the application of the DHI before and after the VR. RESULTS: Clinically resting tremors and subjective postural instability were the motor complaints most frequently associated with complaints of vertigo in 12 cases (100%); in the vestibular exam, all the patients presented abnormalities, frequently from the uni and bilateral peripheral vestibular deficiency syndromes in 10 cases (83.3%); there was significant improvement in the physical, functional and emotional aspects of the DHI after the completion of the VR. CONCLUSION: The VR following the Cawthorne and Cooksey protocol were shown to be useful in managing subjective complaints of several aspects evaluated in this protocol.

  15. Immunohistochemical profile of cytokines and growth factors expressed in vestibular schwannoma and in normal vestibular nerve tissue.

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    Taurone, Samanta; Bianchi, Enrica; Attanasio, Giuseppe; Di Gioia, Cira; Ierinó, Rocco; Carubbi, Cecilia; Galli, Daniela; Pastore, Francesco Saverio; Giangaspero, Felice; Filipo, Roberto; Zanza, Christian; Artico, Marco

    2015-07-01

    Vestibular schwannomas, also known as acoustic neuromas, are benign tumors, which originate from myelin-forming Schwann cells. They develop in the vestibular branch of the eighth cranial nerve in the internal auditory canal or cerebellopontine angle. The clinical progression of the condition involves slow and progressive growth, eventually resulting in brainstem compression. The objective of the present study was to investigate the expression level and the localization of the pro-inflammatory cytokines, transforming growth factor-?1 (TGF-?1) interleukin (IL)-1?, IL-6 and tumor necrosis factor-? (TNF-?), as well as the adhesion molecules, intracellular adhesion molecule-1 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), in order to determine whether these factors are involved in the transformation and development of human vestibular schwannoma. The present study investigated whether changes in inflammation are involved in tumor growth and if so, the mechanisms underlying this process. The results of the current study demonstrated that pro-inflammatory cytokines, including TGF-?1, IL-1? and IL-6 exhibited increased expression in human vestibular schwannoma tissue compared with normal vestibular nerve samples. TNF-? was weakly expressed in Schwann cells, confirming that a lower level of this cytokine is involved in the proliferation of Schwann cells. Neoplastic Schwann cells produce pro-inflammatory cytokines that may act in an autocrine manner, stimulating cellular proliferation. In addition, the increased expression of VEGF in vestibular schwannoma compared with that in normal vestibular nerve tissue, suggests that this factor may induce neoplastic growth via the promotion of angiogenesis. The present findings suggest that inflammation may promote angiogenesis and consequently contribute to tumor progression. In conclusion, the results of the present study indicated that VEGF and pro-inflammatory cytokines may be potential therapeutic targets in vestibular schwannoma. Further studies are necessary to confirm the involvement of these factors in the growth of neoplasms and to develop inhibitors of pro-inflammatory cytokines as a potential treatment option in the future. PMID:25738867

  16. Fine structural changes in the lateral vestibular nucleus of aging rats

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    Johnson, J. E., Jr.; Miquel, J.

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    The fine structure of the lateral vestibular nucleus was investigated in Sprague-Dawley rats, that were sacrified at 4 weeks, 6-8 weeks, 6-8 months, and 18-20 months of age. In the neuronal perikaria, the following age-associated changes were seen with increasing frequency with advancing age: rodlike nuclear inclusions and nuclear membrane invaginations; cytoplasmic dense bodies with the characteristics of lipofuscin; and moderate disorganization of the granular endoplasmic reticulum. Dense bodies were also seen in glial cells. Rats 18 to 20 months old showed dendritic swellings, axonal degeneration, and an apparent increase in the number of axosomatic synaptic terminals containing flattened vesicles (presumed to be inhibitory in function).

  17. Correlação entre resultado do exame vestibular e queixas psicológicas autorrelatadas de pacientes com sintomas vestibulares / Correlation between vestibular test results and self-reported psychological complaints of patients with vestibular symptoms

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    Léia Gonçalves, Gurgel; Michelle Ramos, Dourado; Taís de Campos, Moreira; Adriana Jung, Serafini; Isabela Hoffmeister, Menegotto; Caroline Tozzi, Reppold; Cristina Loureiro Chaves, Soldera.

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    Full Text Available Fatores cognitivos e emocionais podem afetar o equilíbrio, portanto, condições psiquiátricas são comuns em pacientes otoneurológicos. O tratamento dado ao sujeito vertiginoso pode ser mais influenciado pelo sofrimento e comportamento da doença do que pela gravidade da patologia orgânica. OBJETIVO: E [...] ste estudo teve como objetivo verificar a associação entre os resultados do exame vestibular e queixa psicológica autorrelatada, em indivíduos atendidos no ano de 2009, no serviço de audiologia de um hospital em Porto Alegre. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Foi realizado um estudo retrospectivo, descritivo-exploratório, consultando-se a base de dados dos softwares VecWin® e VecWin® 2 da marca Neurograff®. Foram investigados os resultados do exame vestibular, as queixas referentes aos sintomas psicológicos relatados espontaneamente e idade, sexo e queixa de vertigem e/ou tontura. O trabalho foi realizado em três etapas: agrupamento, exclusão/inclusão e quantificação. CONCLUSÃO: A faixa etária da amostra, o sexo e a presença ou ausência de vertigem e/ou tontura não foram variáveis de influência sobre o resultado do exame vestibular. Houve associação significativa entre a presença de queixa psicológica autorrelatada e o resultado normal do exame vestibular. Assim, é fundamental que os profissionais deem atenção às questões psicológicas relatadas pelo indivíduo na ocasião da anamnese vestibular. Abstract in english Cognitive and emotional factors may affect balance; psychiatric conditions are a common component in patient dizziness. The treatment of patients with vertigo may be affected to a greater degree by the suffering due to this disease than by the severity of organic changes. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed [...] to investigate associations between vestibular test results and self-reported psychological complaints in patients evaluated during 2009 in an audiology unit at a hospital in Porto Alegre. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective, descriptive-exploratory study of data taken from a database of the software VecWin® and VecWin® 2, developed by Neurograff®. We investigated vestibular test results, reports of psychological symptoms reported spontaneously, and information such as age, sex and the presence of vertigo and/or dizziness. This study consisted of three steps: clustering, exclusion/inclusion and quantification. CONCLUSION: Age and gender and the presence or absence of vertigo and/or dizziness were not variables that influenced the outcomes of vestibular testing. There was a significant association between the presence of self-reported psychological complaints and normal vestibular test results. Thus, it is crucial that professionals pay attention to psychological issues reported by patients when the vestibular history is taken.

  18. Correlação entre resultado do exame vestibular e queixas psicológicas autorrelatadas de pacientes com sintomas vestibulares Correlation between vestibular test results and self-reported psychological complaints of patients with vestibular symptoms

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    Léia Gonçalves Gurgel

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Fatores cognitivos e emocionais podem afetar o equilíbrio, portanto, condições psiquiátricas são comuns em pacientes otoneurológicos. O tratamento dado ao sujeito vertiginoso pode ser mais influenciado pelo sofrimento e comportamento da doença do que pela gravidade da patologia orgânica. OBJETIVO: Este estudo teve como objetivo verificar a associação entre os resultados do exame vestibular e queixa psicológica autorrelatada, em indivíduos atendidos no ano de 2009, no serviço de audiologia de um hospital em Porto Alegre. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Foi realizado um estudo retrospectivo, descritivo-exploratório, consultando-se a base de dados dos softwares VecWin® e VecWin® 2 da marca Neurograff®. Foram investigados os resultados do exame vestibular, as queixas referentes aos sintomas psicológicos relatados espontaneamente e idade, sexo e queixa de vertigem e/ou tontura. O trabalho foi realizado em três etapas: agrupamento, exclusão/inclusão e quantificação. CONCLUSÃO: A faixa etária da amostra, o sexo e a presença ou ausência de vertigem e/ou tontura não foram variáveis de influência sobre o resultado do exame vestibular. Houve associação significativa entre a presença de queixa psicológica autorrelatada e o resultado normal do exame vestibular. Assim, é fundamental que os profissionais deem atenção às questões psicológicas relatadas pelo indivíduo na ocasião da anamnese vestibular.Cognitive and emotional factors may affect balance; psychiatric conditions are a common component in patient dizziness. The treatment of patients with vertigo may be affected to a greater degree by the suffering due to this disease than by the severity of organic changes. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate associations between vestibular test results and self-reported psychological complaints in patients evaluated during 2009 in an audiology unit at a hospital in Porto Alegre. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective, descriptive-exploratory study of data taken from a database of the software VecWin® and VecWin® 2, developed by Neurograff®. We investigated vestibular test results, reports of psychological symptoms reported spontaneously, and information such as age, sex and the presence of vertigo and/or dizziness. This study consisted of three steps: clustering, exclusion/inclusion and quantification. CONCLUSION: Age and gender and the presence or absence of vertigo and/or dizziness were not variables that influenced the outcomes of vestibular testing. There was a significant association between the presence of self-reported psychological complaints and normal vestibular test results. Thus, it is crucial that professionals pay attention to psychological issues reported by patients when the vestibular history is taken.

  19. Avaliação oculomotora em pacientes com disfunção vestibular periférica / Oculomotor evaluation in patients with peripheral vestibular dysfunction

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    Vanessa Costa, Tuma; Cristina Freitas, Ganança; Maurício Malavasi, Ganança; Heloisa Helena, Caovilla.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Verificar se os parâmetros dos movimentos sacádicos fixos e randomizados, do rastreio pendular e do nistagmo optocinético na vectonistagmografia digital podem apresentar alterações em pacientes com hipótese diagnóstica de disfunção vestibular periférica. MÉTODO: Foram avaliados 60 paciente [...] s, de ambos os sexos, com tontura de origem vestibular periférica e idade entre 12 e 82 anos. Os achados foram comparados com um padrão de normalidade para os parâmetros dos movimentos oculares estudados. RESULTADOS: Os movimentos sacádicos fixos estavam alterados em 100% dos casos quanto à latência e em 35% quanto à velocidade; os randomizados estavam alterados em 100% quanto à latência, em 78,3% quanto à precisão e 1,7% quanto à velocidade; o rastreio pendular apresentou alteração do ganho nas freqüências de 0,1Hz em 15%, 0,2Hz em 21,7% e 0,4Hz em 13,3%; o nistagmo optocinético apresentou alteração da velocidade angular da componente lenta em 1,7% e do ganho em 5%. CONCLUSÕES: A latência e a velocidade dos movimentos sacádicos fixos; a latência, a precisão e a velocidade dos movimentos randomizados; o ganho do rastreio pendular; a velocidade angular da componente lenta e o ganho do nistagmo optocinético na vectonistagmografia digital podem apresentar alterações em pacientes com hipótese diagnóstica de disfunção vestibular periférica. Abstract in english AIM: To assess whether or not the parameters of fixed and randomized saccadic movements, of pendular tracking and of optokinetic nystagmus in the digital vectonystagmography may show abnormalities in patients with possible diagnosis of peripheral vestibular dysfunction. METHOD: 60 patients with dizz [...] iness of peripheral vestibular origin, from 12 to 82 years of age, males and females, were evaluated in the Universidade Federal de São Paulo. Ocular movement parameter findings were compared to a normal pattern. RESULTS: Fixed saccadic movements were altered in 100% of the cases as to latency, and in 35.0% of the cases as to speed; the randomized saccadic movements were altered in 100% of the cases as to latency, in 78.3% as to precision, and in 1.7% as to speed; the pendular tracking showed a gain alteration in the frequencies of 0.1 Hz in 15% of the cases, 0.2 Hz in 21.7%, and 0.4 Hz in 13.3%; the optokinetic nystagmus showed an alteration of the angular speed in the slow component in 1.7% of the cases, and in gain in 5.0%. CONCLUSION: Fixed saccadic movement latency and speed, randomized saccadic movement latency, precision and speed, pendular tracking gain, slow component angular speed, and optokinetic nystagmus gain in the digital vectonystagmography may show abnormalities in patients with possible diagnosis of peripheral vestibular dysfunction.

  20. Reabilitação vestibular com realidade virtual na ataxia espinocerebelar / Vestibular rehabilitation with virtual reality in spinocerebellar ataxia

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    Bianca Simone, Zeigelboim; Sandra Dias de, Souza; Heidi, Mengelberg; Hélio Afonso Ghizoni, Teive; Paulo Breno Noronha, Liberalesso.

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    Full Text Available O objetivo do estudo foi verificar os benefícios da reabilitação vestibular (RV) com realidade virtual, por meio de avaliação pré e pós-aplicação da Escala de Equilíbrio de Berg (EEB), em quatro casos de ataxia espinocerebelar (AEC). Os casos foram submetidos aos seguintes procedimentos: anamnese, i [...] nspeção otológica, avaliação vestibular e aplicação da EEB pré e pós-RV, com a realidade virtual representada por meio da utilização de jogos do equipamento Wii Fit. Os casos retratam quatro pacientes com diagnóstico genético de AEC (dois tipo 2, um tipo 3 e um em investigação), sendo três do gênero feminino e um do gênero masculino, na faixa etária de 30 a 62 anos. Os pacientes referiram sintomas otoneurológicos e, no exame vestibular, observou-se a presença de nistagmo semiespontâneo com características centrais, ausência de nistagmo pós-rotatório, hiporreflexia e preponderância direcional do nistagmo assimétrica à prova calórica. Nos casos 1 e 2, os pacientes referiram melhora na coordenação dos movimentos e do equilíbrio corporal, independente do escore na EEB ter demonstrado médio risco para queda, antes e após a realização dos exercícios. No caso 3, o paciente apresentou melhora do escore na EEB, bem como do equilíbrio, apresentando baixo risco para queda. O caso 4 não evidenciou melhora na avaliação após a execução dos exercícios. Este estudo de caso demonstrou a possibilidade da aplicação dos exercícios de RV com estímulos virtuais na AEC, com melhora da coordenação motora e do equilíbrio postural. Abstract in english The purpose of this study was to verify the benefits of the vestibular rehabilitation (VR) with virtual reality through the assessment before and after the application of the Berg Balance Scale (BBS) in four cases of spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA). The cases were underwent the following procedures: an [...] amnesis, ear inspection, vestibular assessment and application of the BBS before and after VR with virtual reality using games from Wii Fit device. The cases describe four patients that were diagnosed with genetically inherited SCA (two type 2, one type 3 and one still under investigation), three of them were female and one was male, with ages ranging from 30 to 62 years. The patients presented otoneurological symptoms and the vestibular test showed the presence of semi-spontaneous nystagmus, absence of post-rotational nystagmus, hyporeflexia, and asymmetric directional preponderance of the nystagmus in the caloric test. Patients from cases 1 and 2 have showed an improvement in motor coordination and in body balance, even though the score presented by the BBS had demonstrated medium risk for falling before and after the exercises. In case 3, the patient's loss of balance and BBS score have improved, presenting low risk of falling; whereas the patient in case 4 did not show any improvement in the assessment after the exercises. This case study shows the applicability of VR exercises with virtual stimuli in SCA with improved motor coordination and postural balance.

  1. Nitric Oxide Signaling in Hypergravity-Induced Neuronal Plasticity

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    Holstein, Gay R.

    2003-01-01

    The goal of this research project was to identify the neurons and circuits in the vestibular nuclei and nucleus prepositus hypoglossi that utilize nitric oxide (NO) for intercellular signaling during gravity-induced plasticity. This objective was pursued using histochemical and immunocytochemical approaches to localize NO-producing neurons and characterize the fine morphology of the cells in ground-based studies of normal rats, rats adapted to hypergravity, and rats adapted to hypergravity and then re-adapted to the 1G environment. NO-producing neurons were identified and studied using four methodologies: i) immunocytochemistry employing polyclonal antibodies directed against neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS), to provide an indication of the capacity of a cell for NO production; ii) immunocytochemistry employing a monoclonal antibody directed against L-citrulline, to provide an indirect index of the enzyme's activity; iii) histochemistry based on the NADPH-diaphorase reaction, for fuI1 cytological visualization of neurons; and iv) double immunofluorescence to co-localize nNOS and L-citrulline in individual vestibular nuclei (VN) and neurons.

  2. Enhancement of Otolith Specific Ocular Responses Using Vestibular Stochastic Resonance

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    Fiedler, Matthew; De Dios, Yiri E.; Esteves, Julie; Galvan, Raquel; Wood, Scott; Bloomberg, Jacob; Mulavara, Ajitkumar

    2011-01-01

    Introduction: Astronauts experience disturbances in sensorimotor function after spaceflight during the initial introduction to a gravitational environment, especially after long-duration missions. Our goal is to develop a countermeasure based on vestibular stochastic resonance (SR) that could improve central interpretation of vestibular input and mitigate these risks. SR is a mechanism by which noise can assist and enhance the response of neural systems to relevant, imperceptible sensory signals. We have previously shown that imperceptible electrical stimulation of the vestibular system enhances balance performance while standing on an unstable surface. Methods: Eye movement data were collected from 10 subjects during variable radius centrifugation (VRC). Subjects performed 11 trials of VRC that provided equivalent tilt stimuli from otolith and other graviceptor input without the normal concordant canal cues. Bipolar stochastic electrical stimulation, in the range of 0-1500 microamperes, was applied to the vestibular system using a constant current stimulator through electrodes placed over the mastoid process behind the ears. In the VRC paradigm, subjects were accelerated to 216 deg./s. After the subjects no longer sensed rotation, the chair oscillated along a track at 0.1 Hz to provide tilt stimuli of 10 deg. Eye movements were recorded for 6 cycles while subjects fixated on a target in darkness. Ocular counter roll (OCR) movement was calculated from the eye movement data during periods of chair oscillations. Results: Preliminary analysis of the data revealed that 9 of 10 subjects showed an average increase of 28% in the magnitude of OCR responses to the equivalent tilt stimuli while experiencing vestibular SR. The signal amplitude at which performance was maximized was in the range of 100-900 microamperes. Discussion: These results indicate that stochastic electrical stimulation of the vestibular system can improve otolith specific responses. This will have a significant impact on development of vestibular SR delivery systems to aid recovery of function in astronauts after long-duration spaceflight or in people with balance disorders.

  3. Frequency response of human vestibular reflexes characterized by stochastic stimuli.

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    Dakin, Christopher J; Son, Gregory M Lee; Inglis, J Timothy; Blouin, Jean-Sébastien

    2007-09-15

    Stochastic vestibular stimulation (SVS) can be used to study the postural responses to unpredictable vestibular perturbations. The present study seeks to determine if stochastic vestibular stimulation elicits lower limb muscular responses and to estimate the frequency characteristics of these vestibulo-motor responses in humans. Fourteen healthy subjects were exposed to unpredictable galvanic currents applied on their mastoid processes while quietly standing (+/-3 mA, 0-50 Hz). The current amplitude and stimulation configuration as well as the subject's head position relative to their feet were manipulated in order to determine that: (1) the muscle responses evoked by stochastic currents are dependent on the amplitude of the current, (2) the muscle responses evoked by stochastic currents are specific to the percutaneous stimulation of vestibular afferents and (3) the lower limb muscle responses exhibit polarity changes with different head positions as previously described for square-wave galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) pulses. Our results revealed significant coherence (between 0 and 20 Hz) and cumulant density functions (peak responses at 65 and 103 ms) between SVS and the lower limbs' postural muscle activity. The polarity of the cumulant density functions corresponded to that of the reflexes elicited by square-wave GVS pulses. The SVS-muscle activity coherence and time cumulant functions were modulated by current amplitude, electrode position and head orientation with respect to the subject's feet. These findings strongly support the vestibular origin of the lower limb muscles evoked by SVS. In addition, specific frequency bandwidths in the stochastic vestibular signal contributed to the early (12-20 Hz) and late components (2-10 Hz) of the SVS-evoked muscular responses. These frequency-dependent SVS-evoked muscle responses support the view that the biphasic muscle response is conveyed by two distinct physiological processes. PMID:17640935

  4. Vestibular rehabilitation ameliorates chronic dizziness through the SIRT1 axis

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    Chung-Lan Kao

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Dizziness is a common clinical symptom frequently referred to general neurologists and practitioners. Exercise intervention, in the form of vestibular rehabilitation, is known as an effective clinical management for dizziness. This intervention is reported to have a functional role in correcting dizziness, improving gaze stability, retraining balance and gait and enhancing physical fitness. Dizziness is known to be highly related to inflammation and oxidative stress. SIRT1 is a major molecule for regulation of inflammation and mitigation of oxidative stress in chronic diseases such as atherosclerosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. However, the bio-molecular roles of SIRT1 involved in the pathogenesis of dizziness are still largely unclear. In this study, a total of 30 subjects were recruited (15 patients with chronic dizziness, and 15 age/gender matched non-dizzy control subjects. The dizzy subjects group received 18 sessions of 30-minutes vestibular training. We found that the mRNA and protein expression levels of SIRT1 in the blood samples of chronic dizzy patients were repressed compared with those of healthy controls. After vestibular training, the dizzy patients had significant symptomatic improvements. The SIRT1 expression and its downstream genes (PPAR-? and PGC-1? were upregulated after vestibular exercises in dizzy subjects. Notably, the catalytic activity of SIRT1, NADPH and antioxidant enzyme activities were also activated in dizzy patients after vestibular training. Furthermore, vestibular exercise training reduced oxidative events and p53 expression in patients with dizziness. This study demonstrated that vestibular exercise training improved dizziness symptoms, and mechanisms for alleviation of chronic dizziness may partly involve the activation of the SIRT1 axis and the repression of redox status.

  5. Noisy galvanic vestibular stimulation enhances spatial memory in cognitive impairment-induced by intracerebroventricular-streptozotocin administration.

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    Adel Ghahraman, Mansoureh; Zahmatkesh, Maryam; Pourbakht, Akram; Seifi, Behjat; Jalaie, Shohreh; Adeli, Soheila; Niknami, Zohreh

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    There are several anatomical connections between vestibular system and brain areas construct spatial memory. Since subliminal noisy galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) has been demonstrated to enhance some types of memory, we speculated that application of noisy GVS may improve spatial memory in a rat model of intracerebroventricular streptozotocin (ICV-STZ)-induced cognitive impairment. Moreover, we attempted to determine the effect of repeated exposure to GVS on spatial memory performance. The spatial memory was assessed using Morris water maze test. The groups received 1 (ICV-STZ/GVS-I) or 5 (ICV-STZ/GVS-II) sessions, each lasting 30min, of low amplitude noisy GVS, or no GVS at all (Control, ICV-saline, ICV-STZ/noGVS). Hippocampal morphological changes investigated with cresyl violet staining and the immediate early gene product c-Fos, as a neuronal activity marker, was measured. Hippocampal c-Fos positive cells increased in both GVS stimulated groups. We observed significantly improved spatial performance only in ICV-STZ/GVS-II group. Histological evaluation showed normal density in ICV-STZ/GVS-II group whereas degeneration observed in ICV-STZ/GVS-I group similar to ICV-STZ/noGVS. The results showed the improvement of memory impairment after repeated exposure to GVS. This effect may be due in part to frequent activation of the vestibular neurons and the hippocampal regions connected to them. Our current study suggests the potential role of GVS as a practical method to combat cognitive decline induced by sporadic Alzheimer disease. PMID:26892259

  6. Focal increase of blood flow in the cerebral cortex of man during vestibular stimulation

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    Friberg, L; Olsen, T S; Roland, P E; Paulson, O B; Lassen, N A

    1985-01-01

    This study is an attempt to reveal projection areas for vestibular afferents to the human brain. Changes in regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) were measured over 254 cortical regions during caloric vestibular stimulation with warm water (44 degrees C). rCBF was measured when the external auditory meatus was irrigated with water at body temperature as a control to vestibular stimulation. During vestibular stimulation there was only a single cortical area, located in the superior temporal region,...

  7. Nasal Vestibular Huge Keratoacanthoma: An Unusual Site

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    N. Yazdani

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Keratoacanthoma (KA is a rapidly growing, low-grade neoplasm of pilo-sebaceous and hair follicle units which most often appears on the sun-exposed skin of the middle aged and older persons with multiple or localized occurrence. This tumor is dome-shaped nodule with a central keratinous plug. The etiology of this tumor is not obvious. Exposure to excessive sunlight is the most frequently noted responsible factor in the etiology of KA. About 80% of the tumors occur on the face. The histological features of the KA are often very similar to those of a cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma; however, the tumor structure usually provides a basis for their difference. There are many unusual cases of keratoacanthoma reported regarding site, size or other specifications. In this study, we excised a mass of nasal vestibule, a site far away sun-exposure. To our knowledge, this is the first case of nasal vestibular keratoacanthoma. For a clinician and a pathologist it is important to consider a benign lesion like Keratoacanthoma (KA in the differential diagnosis of ulcerated nasal lesions and pay attention to differ it from Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC which has a different and aggressive management.

  8. [Pharmacotherapy of Vestibular Disorders, Nystagmus and Cerebellar Disorders].

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    Feil, K; Böttcher, N; Kremmyda, O; Muth, C; Teufel, J; Zwergal, A; Brandt, T; Strupp, M

    2015-09-01

    There are currently different groups of drugs for the pharmacotherapy of vertigo, nystagmus and cerebellar disorders: antiemetics; anti-inflammatories, antimenieres, and antimigraineous medications and antidepressants, anticonvulsants, aminopyridines as well as acetyl-DL-leucine. In acute unilateral vestibulopathy, corticosteroids improve the recovery of peripheral vestibular function, but currently there is not sufficient evidence for a general recommendation. There is insufficient evidence to support the view that 16 mg t. i. d. or 48 mg t. i. d. betahistine has an effect in Menière's disease. Therefore, higher dosages are recommended. In animal studies, it was shown that betahistine increases cochlear blood flow. In vestibular paroxysmia, oxcarbazepine was effective (one randomized controlled trial (RCT)). Aminopyridines are recommended for the treatment of downbeat nystagmus (two RCTs) and episodic ataxia type 2 (EA2, one RCT). There has been no RCT on the efficacy of beta-blockers or topiramate but one RCT on flunarizine in vestibular migraine. Based on clinical experience, a treatment analogous to that for migraine without aura can be recommended. Acetyl-DL-leucine improved cerebellar ataxia (two observational studies); it also accelerated central compensation in an animal model of acute unilateral lesion, but RCTs were negative. There are ongoing RCTs on treatment of vestibular paroxysmia with carbamazepine (VESPA), acute unilateral vestibulopathy with betahistine (BETAVEST), vestibular migraine with metoprolol (PROVEMIG), benign paroxysmal positional vertigo with vitamin D (VitD@BPPV), EA2 with 4-aminopyridine versus acetazolamide (EAT-2-TREAT), and cerebellar ataxias with acetyl-DL-leucine (ALCAT). PMID:26421856

  9. Doença vestibular em cães: 81 casos (2006-2013

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    Rafael O. Chaves

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available De 2006 a 2013 foram diagnosticados 81 casos de doença vestibular canina no serviço de rotina em neurologia de um hospital veterinário universitário do sul do Brasil. Desses, aproximadamente dois terços foram diagnosticados com doença vestibular central (DVC e cerca de um terço como doença vestibular periférica (DVP. Cães com raça definida foram mais acometidos que aqueles sem raça definida, principalmente Dachshund (DVP e Boxer (DVC. Os principais sinais clínicos observados, tanto na DVP quanto na DVC, incluíram: inclinação de cabeça, ataxia vestibular e estrabismo ventral ou ventrolateral. Deficiência proprioceptiva, disfunção dos nervos cranianos V-XII e alteração de nível de consciência foram vistos apenas em casos de DVC, já a ausência de reflexo palpebral ocorreu apenas em casos de DVP. Doenças inflamatórias/infecciosas, principalmente cinomose e otite bacteriana, foram as condições mais comumente associadas à DVC e à DVP, respectivamente. Esse artigo estabelece os aspectos epidemiológicos (sexo, idade e raça e a prevalência dos sinais clínicos observados em cães com doença vestibular na Região Central do Rio Grande do Sul, discute a utilização dos achados clínicos no diagnóstico correto e na diferenciação entre DVC e DVP, e define quais as principais doenças responsáveis pela ocorrência dessas duas síndromes clínicas.

  10. Binding body and self in visuo-vestibular conflicts.

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    Macauda, Gianluca; Bertolini, Giovanni; Palla, Antonella; Straumann, Dominik; Brugger, Peter; Lenggenhager, Bigna

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    Maintenance of the bodily self relies on the accurate integration of multisensory inputs in which visuo-vestibular cue integration is thought to play an essential role. Here, we tested in healthy volunteers how conflicting visuo-vestibular bodily input might impact on body self-coherence in a full body illusion set-up. Natural passive vestibular stimulation was provided on a motion platform, while visual input was manipulated using virtual reality equipment. Explicit (questionnaire) and implicit (skin temperature) measures were employed to assess illusory self-identification with either a mannequin or a control object. Questionnaire results pointed to a relatively small illusion, but hand skin temperature, plausibly an index of illusory body ownership, showed the predicted drop specifically in the condition when participants saw the mannequin moving in congruence with them. We argue that this implicit measure was accessible to visuo-vestibular modulation of the sense of self, possibly mediated by shared neural processes in the insula involved in vestibular and interoceptive signalling, thermoregulation and multisensory integration. PMID:25557766

  11. Quantification of vestibular-induced eye movements in zebrafish larvae

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    Mo Weike

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Vestibular reflexes coordinate movements or sensory input with changes in body or head position. Vestibular-evoked responses that involve the extraocular muscles include the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR, a compensatory eye movement to stabilize retinal images. Although an angular VOR attributable to semicircular canal stimulation was reported to be absent in free-swimming zebrafish larvae, recent studies reveal that vestibular-induced eye movements can be evoked in zebrafish larvae by both static tilts and dynamic rotations that tilt the head with respect to gravity. Results We have determined herein the basis of sensitivity of the larval eye movements with respect to vestibular stimulus, developmental stage, and sensory receptors of the inner ear. For our experiments, video recordings of larvae rotated sinusoidally at 0.25 Hz were analyzed to quantitate eye movements under infrared illumination. We observed a robust response that appeared as early as 72 hours post fertilization (hpf, which increased in amplitude over time. Unlike rotation about an earth horizontal axis, rotation about an earth vertical axis at 0.25 Hz did not evoke eye movements. Moreover, vestibular-induced responses were absent in mutant cdh23 larvae and larvae lacking anterior otoliths. Conclusions Our results provide evidence for a functional vestibulo-oculomotor circuit in 72 hpf zebrafish larvae that relies upon sensory input from anterior/utricular otolith organs.

  12. The Vestibular-Evoked Postural Response of Adolescents with Idiopathic Scoliosis Is Altered

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    Pialasse, Jean-Philippe; Descarreaux, Martin; Mercier, Pierre; Blouin, Jean; Simoneau, Martin

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    Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is a multifactorial disorder including neurological factors. A dysfunction of the sensorimotor networks processing vestibular information could be related to spine deformation. This study investigates whether feed-forward vestibulomotor control or sensory reweighting mechanisms are impaired in adolescent scoliosis patients. Vestibular evoked postural responses were obtained using galvanic vestibular stimulation while participants stood with their eyes closed an...

  13. Evaluation of the chemical model of vestibular lesions induced by arsanilate in rats

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    Several animal models of vestibular deficits that mimic the human pathology phenotype have previously been developed to correlate the degree of vestibular injury to cognate vestibular deficits in a time-dependent manner. Sodium arsanilate is one of the most commonly used substances for chemical vestibular lesioning, but it is not well described in the literature. In the present study, we used histological and functional approaches to conduct a detailed exploration of the model of vestibular lesions induced by transtympanic injection of sodium arsanilate in rats. The arsanilate-induced damage was restricted to the vestibular sensory organs without affecting the external ear, the oropharynx, or Scarpa's ganglion. This finding strongly supports the absence of diffusion of arsanilate into the external ear or Eustachian tubes, or through the eighth cranial nerve sheath leading to the brainstem. One of the striking observations of the present study is the complete restructuring of the sensory epithelia into a non sensory epithelial monolayer observed at 3 months after arsanilate application. This atrophy resembles the monolayer epithelia observed postmortem in the vestibular epithelia of patients with a history of lesioned vestibular deficits such as labyrinthectomy, antibiotic treatment, vestibular neuritis, or Ménière's disease. In cases of Ménière's disease, aminoglycosides, and platinum-based chemotherapy, vestibular hair cells are destroyed, regardless of the physiopathological process, as reproduced with the arsanilate model of vestibular lesion. These observations, together with those presented in this study of arsanilate vestibular toxicity, suggest that this atrophy process relies on a common mechanism of degeneration of the sensory epithelia.

  14. A afecção vestibular infantil: estudo da orientação espacial Vestibular disorders in childhood: study of spatial disorders

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    Elaine Shizue Novalo

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: verificar como é a percepção do espaço na criança com vertigem periférica. MÉTODOS: estudo prospectivo de 18 crianças, com faixa etária de três a 15 anos, sob acompanhamento no Ambulatório de Otorrinolaringologia / Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo. A percepção espacial foi avaliada por meio de atividade livre (desenho livre e dirigida (blocos lógicos e teste de Frostig. Das 18 crianças avaliadas, nove constituíram o grupo estudo (diagnóstico de vestibulopatia e queixa de tontura e nove constituíram o grupo controle (sem história de vestibulopatia e sem queixa de tontura. Foram excluídas crianças que apresentassem comprometimento de Sistema Nervoso Central que interferisse na interpretação da avaliação. Os resultados obtidos foram comparados entre o grupo estudo e controle qualitativamente. RESULTADOS: em relação ao desenho livre, 77,78% das crianças do grupo controle e 55,55% do grupo estudo utilizaram o papel inteiro. Quanto à proporção dos objetos, 100% das crianças do grupo controle e apenas 48,86% das crianças do grupo estudo desenharam com proporção adequada. Nos blocos lógicos, houve maior dificuldade do grupo estudo. No teste de Frostig, foi observada diferença significativa do ponto de vista clínico entre os grupos quanto ao Quociente Perceptual. CONCLUSÃO: as crianças com vestibulopatia, ao desenhar, aproveitaram o papel de forma menos homogênea, com maior dificuldade para desenhar figuras humanas e proporção inadequada entre os objetos. Desta forma, é importante que seja realizado o diagnóstico de vestibulopatia precocemente, para que o tratamento/reabilitação seja iniciado e sintomas, como a desorientação espacial, não influenciem na aprendizagem da criança.PURPOSE: to check how is the child's spatial perception in vestibular disorder. METHODS: prospective study of 18 children, between 3 and 15-year old, under treatment in Ambulatório de Otorrinolaringologia/Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo. Space perception was assessed through a free activity (free drawing and two directed activities: the Frostig test and an adaptation of the Token Test. Of the 18 evaluated children, 09 composed the study group (diagnosed as having a vestibular disorder and 09 composed the control group (with no history of vestibular disorder or dizziness. Children who showed central nervous system impairments were excluded. RESULTS: in relation to the free drawing, 77.78% of the control group and 55.55% in the study group used the whole sheet of paper provided. Regarding the proportion of the objects, 100% of the control group showed an adequate proportion in their drawings and it was found in 48.86% of the study group. In the adapted Token Test, the study group showed a major difficulty. In the Frostig test, a small difference between the groups in the Perceptual quotient was observed. CONCLUSION: the children with vestibular disorders, while drawing, used the sheet of paper in a less homogeneous way, showing more difficulty to draw human pictures and an inadequate proportion among the drawn objects. In this way, it is important that the vestibular diagnosis should be done the earliest possible in order to anticipate the treatment/rehabilitation. This may prevent the impairment of spatial perception from negatively influencing the learning process.

  15. A afecção vestibular infantil: estudo da orientação espacial / Vestibular disorders in childhood: study of spatial disorders

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    Elaine Shizue, Novalo; Maria Valéria Schmidt, Goffi-Gomez; Ítalo Roberto Torres de, Medeiros; Maria Elisabete Bovino, Pedalini; Rosa Maria Rodrigues dos, Santos.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: verificar como é a percepção do espaço na criança com vertigem periférica. MÉTODOS: estudo prospectivo de 18 crianças, com faixa etária de três a 15 anos, sob acompanhamento no Ambulatório de Otorrinolaringologia / Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo [...] . A percepção espacial foi avaliada por meio de atividade livre (desenho livre) e dirigida (blocos lógicos e teste de Frostig). Das 18 crianças avaliadas, nove constituíram o grupo estudo (diagnóstico de vestibulopatia e queixa de tontura) e nove constituíram o grupo controle (sem história de vestibulopatia e sem queixa de tontura). Foram excluídas crianças que apresentassem comprometimento de Sistema Nervoso Central que interferisse na interpretação da avaliação. Os resultados obtidos foram comparados entre o grupo estudo e controle qualitativamente. RESULTADOS: em relação ao desenho livre, 77,78% das crianças do grupo controle e 55,55% do grupo estudo utilizaram o papel inteiro. Quanto à proporção dos objetos, 100% das crianças do grupo controle e apenas 48,86% das crianças do grupo estudo desenharam com proporção adequada. Nos blocos lógicos, houve maior dificuldade do grupo estudo. No teste de Frostig, foi observada diferença significativa do ponto de vista clínico entre os grupos quanto ao Quociente Perceptual. CONCLUSÃO: as crianças com vestibulopatia, ao desenhar, aproveitaram o papel de forma menos homogênea, com maior dificuldade para desenhar figuras humanas e proporção inadequada entre os objetos. Desta forma, é importante que seja realizado o diagnóstico de vestibulopatia precocemente, para que o tratamento/reabilitação seja iniciado e sintomas, como a desorientação espacial, não influenciem na aprendizagem da criança. Abstract in english PURPOSE: to check how is the child's spatial perception in vestibular disorder. METHODS: prospective study of 18 children, between 3 and 15-year old, under treatment in Ambulatório de Otorrinolaringologia/Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo. Space perception w [...] as assessed through a free activity (free drawing) and two directed activities: the Frostig test and an adaptation of the Token Test. Of the 18 evaluated children, 09 composed the study group (diagnosed as having a vestibular disorder) and 09 composed the control group (with no history of vestibular disorder or dizziness). Children who showed central nervous system impairments were excluded. RESULTS: in relation to the free drawing, 77.78% of the control group and 55.55% in the study group used the whole sheet of paper provided. Regarding the proportion of the objects, 100% of the control group showed an adequate proportion in their drawings and it was found in 48.86% of the study group. In the adapted Token Test, the study group showed a major difficulty. In the Frostig test, a small difference between the groups in the Perceptual quotient was observed. CONCLUSION: the children with vestibular disorders, while drawing, used the sheet of paper in a less homogeneous way, showing more difficulty to draw human pictures and an inadequate proportion among the drawn objects. In this way, it is important that the vestibular diagnosis should be done the earliest possible in order to anticipate the treatment/rehabilitation. This may prevent the impairment of spatial perception from negatively influencing the learning process.

  16. Doença vestibular em cães: 81 casos (2006-2013) / Vestibular disease in dogs: 81 cases (2006-2013)

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    Rafael O., Chaves; Diego V., Beckmann; Bruna, Copat; Fernando W., Souza; Andrei K., Fabretti; Lucas A., Gomes; Rafael A., Fighera; Alexandre, Mazzanti.

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    Full Text Available De 2006 a 2013 foram diagnosticados 81 casos de doença vestibular canina no serviço de rotina em neurologia de um hospital veterinário universitário do sul do Brasil. Desses, aproximadamente dois terços foram diagnosticados com doença vestibular central (DVC) e cerca de um terço como doença vestibul [...] ar periférica (DVP). Cães com raça definida foram mais acometidos que aqueles sem raça definida, principalmente Dachshund (DVP) e Boxer (DVC). Os principais sinais clínicos observados, tanto na DVP quanto na DVC, incluíram: inclinação de cabeça, ataxia vestibular e estrabismo ventral ou ventrolateral. Deficiência proprioceptiva, disfunção dos nervos cranianos V-XII e alteração de nível de consciência foram vistos apenas em casos de DVC, já a ausência de reflexo palpebral ocorreu apenas em casos de DVP. Doenças inflamatórias/infecciosas, principalmente cinomose e otite bacteriana, foram as condições mais comumente associadas à DVC e à DVP, respectivamente. Esse artigo estabelece os aspectos epidemiológicos (sexo, idade e raça) e a prevalência dos sinais clínicos observados em cães com doença vestibular na Região Central do Rio Grande do Sul, discute a utilização dos achados clínicos no diagnóstico correto e na diferenciação entre DVC e DVP, e define quais as principais doenças responsáveis pela ocorrência dessas duas síndromes clínicas. Abstract in english Eighty-one cases of vestibular disease in dogs were diagnosed by the neurology service in a veterinary teaching hospital in southern Brazil from 2006 to 2013. Approximately 2/3 of these cases were interpreted as central vestibular disease (CVD) with the remaining cases being considered as peripheral [...] vestibular disease (PVD). Pure breed dogs, especially Dachshunds (PVD) and Boxers (CVD) were more affected than mixed breed dogs. The main clinical signs observed in cases of CVD and PVD included head tilt, vestibular ataxia, and ventral or ventrolateral strabismus. Proprioceptive deficits, cranial nerve V-XII dysfunction, and changes in the levels of conscience were observed only in cases of CVD, whereas absence of palpebral reflex occurred only in cases of PVD. Inflammatory or infectious diseases, especially canine distemper and bacterial otitis were the most commonly observed conditions associated with CVD and PVD, respectively. This article establishes the epidemiology (sex, age, and breed) and prevalence of clinical signs related to canine vestibular disease in the Central Rio Grande do Sul State; discusses the use of the clinical findings in the correct diagnosis and differentiation between CVD and PVD; and defines the main specific diseases responsible for the occurrence of CVD and PVD in dogs.

  17. Short latency vestibular evoked potentials in the chicken embryo

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    Jones, S. M.; Jones, T. A.

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    Electrophysiological responses to pulsed linear acceleration stimuli were recorded in chicken embryos incubated for 19 or 20 days (E19/E20). Responses occurred within the first 16 ms following the stimulus onset. The evoked potentials disappeared following bilateral labyrinthectomy, but persisted following cochlear destruction alone, thus demonstrating that the responses were vestibular. Approximately 8 to 10 response peaks could be identified. The first 4 positive and corresponding negative components (early peaks with latencies embryos was -15.9dBre 1.0 g/ms, which was significantly higher (P embryos and 2-week-old animals, but amplitude/intensity functions for embryos were significantly shallower than those for 2-week-old birds (P embryo and, as such, the method shows promise as an investigative tool. The results of the present study form the definitive basis for using vestibular evoked potentials in the detailed study of avian vestibular ontogeny and factors that may influence it.

  18. Normal pressure hydrocephalus after gamma knife radiosurgery for vestibular schwannoma

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    Mohammed T

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Vestibular schwannomas are not uncommon, and gamma knife radiosurgery is one of the treatment options for symptomatic tumors. Hydrocephalus is a complication of gamma knife treatment of vestibular schwannoma, though the mechanism of the development of hydrocephalus remains controversial. We present an unusual case of normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH after gamma knife radiosurgery of a vestibular schwannoma in which the timeline of events strongly suggests that gamma knife played a contributory role in the development of the hydrocephalus. This is probably the first case of NPH post radiosurgery with normal cerebrospinal fluid protein. Communicating hydrocephalus should be treated with placement of shunt while non-communicating hydrocephalus can be treated with third ventriculostomy. Frequent monitoring and early intervention post radiosurgery is highly recommended to prevent irreversible cerebral damage.

  19. The Effects of Aging on Clinical Vestibular Evaluations

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    Maheu, Maxime; Houde, Marie-Soleil; Landry, Simon P.; Champoux, François

    2015-01-01

    Balance disorders are common issues for aging populations due to the effects of normal aging on peripheral vestibular structures. These changes affect the results of vestibular function evaluations and make the interpretation of these results more difficult. The objective of this article is to review the current state of knowledge of clinically relevant vestibular measures. We will first focus on otolith function assessment methods cervical-VEMP (cVEMP) and ocular-VEMP (oVEMP), then the caloric and video-head impulse test (vHIT) methods for semicircular canals assessment. cVEMP and oVEMP are useful methods, though research on the effects of age for some parameters are still inconclusive. vHIT results are largely independent of age as compared to caloric stimulation and should therefore be preferred for the evaluation of the semicircular canals function. PMID:26441824

  20. Modulation of human vestibular reflexes with increased postural threat.

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    Horslen, Brian C; Dakin, Christopher J; Inglis, J Timothy; Blouin, Jean-Sébastien; Carpenter, Mark G

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    Anxiety and arousal have been shown to facilitate human vestibulo-ocular reflexes, presumably through direct neural connections between the vestibular nuclei and emotional processing areas of the brain. However, the effects of anxiety, fear and arousal on balance-relevant vestibular reflexes are currently unknown. The purpose of this study was to manipulate standing height to determine whether anxiety and fear can modulate the direct relationship between vestibular signals and balance reflexes during stance. Stochastic vestibular stimulation (SVS; 2-25 Hz) was used to evoke ground reaction forces (GRF) while subjects stood in both LOW and HIGH surface height conditions. Two separate experiments were conducted to investigate the SVS-GRF relationship, in terms of coupling (coherence and cumulant density) and gain, in the medio-lateral (ML) and antero-posterior (AP) directions. The short- and medium-latency cumulant density peaks were both significantly increased in the ML and AP directions when standing in HIGH, compared to LOW, conditions. Likewise, coherence was statistically greater between 4.3 Hz and 6.7 Hz in the ML, and between 5.5 and 17.7 Hz in the AP direction. When standing in the HIGH condition, the gain of the SVS-GRF relationship was increased 81% in the ML direction, and 231% in the AP direction. The significant increases in coupling and gain observed in both experiments demonstrate that vestibular-evoked balance responses are augmented in states of height-induced postural threat. These data support the possibility that fear or anxiety-mediated changes to balance control are affected by altered central processing of vestibular information. PMID:24973412

  1. Plasticity during vestibular compensation: the role of saccades

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    IanSCurthoys

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper is focussed on one major aspect of compensation: the recent behavioural findings concerning oculomotor responses in human vestibular compensation and their possible implications for recovery after unilateral vestibular loss (UVL. New measurement techniques have provided new insights into how patients recover after UVL and have given clues for vestibular rehabilitation. Prior to this it has not been possible to quantify the level of function of all the peripheral vestibular sense organs. Now it is. By using vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials to measure utricular and saccular function and by new video head impulse testing to measure semicircular canal function to natural values of head accelerations. With these new video procedures it is now possible to measure both slow phase eye velocity and also saccades during natural head movements. The present evidence is that there is little or no recovery of slow phase eye velocity responses to natural head accelerations. It is doubtful as to whether the modest changes in slow phase eye velocity to small angular accelerations are functionally effective during compensation. On the other hand it is now clear that saccades can play a very important role in helping patients compensate and return to a normal lifestyle. Preliminary evidence suggests that different patterns of saccadic response may predict how well patients recover. It may be possible to train patients to produce more effective saccadic patterns in the first days after their unilateral loss. Some patients do learn new strategies, new behaviours, to conceal their inadequate VOR but when those strategies are prevented from operating by using passive, unpredictable, high acceleration natural head movements, as in the head impulse test, their vestibular loss can be demonstrated. It is those very strategies which the tests exclude, which may be the cause of their successful compensation.

  2. Interrelated striated elements in vestibular hair cells of the rat

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    Ross, M. D.; Bourne, C.

    1983-01-01

    A series of interrelated striated organelles in types I and II vestibular hair cells of the rat which appear to be less developed in cochlear hair cells have been revealed by unusual fixation procedures, suggesting that contractile elements may play a role in sensory transduction in the inner ear, especially in the vestibular system. Included in the series of interrelated striated elements are the cuticular plate and its basal attachments to the hair cell margins, the connections of the strut array of the kinociliary basal body to the cuticular plate, and striated organelles associated with the plasma membrane and extending below the apical junctional complexes.

  3. Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome without Vestibular Symptoms

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    Emidio Oliveira, Teixeira; Marconi Teixeira, Fonseca.

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome is mainly characterized by vestibular symptoms induced by intense sound stimuli or pressure changes, which occur because of dehiscence of the bony layer covering the superior semicircular canal. Case Report Here, we report a case of t [...] he syndrome with pulsatile tinnitus and ear fullness, in the absence of vestibular symptoms. Discussion Signs and symptoms of the syndrome are rarely obvious, leading to the requirement for a minimum workup to rule out or make diagnosis more probable and thus avoid misconduct.

  4. Volumetric Modulated Arc Radiotherapy for Vestibular Schwannomas

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    Purpose: To evaluate volumetric modulated arc radiotherapy (RapidArc [RA]), a novel approach allowing for rapid treatment delivery, for the treatment of vestibular schwannoma (VS). Methods and Materials: The RA plans were generated for a small (0.5 cm3), intermediate (2.8 cm3), and large (14.8 cm3) VS. The prescription dose was 12.5 Gy to the encompassing 80% isodose. The RA plans were compared with conventional radiosurgery plans using both a single dynamic conformal arc (1DCA) and five noncoplanar dynamic conformal arcs (5DCA). Conformity indices (CI) and dose-volume histograms of critical organs were compared. The RA plan for the medium-sized VS was measured in a phantom using Gafchromic EBT films and compared with calculated dose distributions. Results: The RA planning was completed within 30 min in all cases, and calculated treatment delivery time (after patient setup) was 5 min vs. 20 min for 5DCA. A superior CI was achieved with RA, with a substantial decrease in low-dose irradiation of the normal brain achieved relative to 5DCA plans. Maximum doses to critical organs were similar for RA and 5DCA but were higher for 1DCA. Film measurements showed the differences between calculated and measured doses to be smaller than 1.5% in the high-dose area and smaller than 3% in the low-dose area. Conclusion: The RA plans consistently achieved a higher CI and decrease in areas of low-dose irradiation. This, together with shorter treatment delivery times, has led to RA replacing our conventional five-arc radiosurgery technique for VS.

  5. Repeat Gamma Knife surgery for vestibular schwannomas

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    Lonneville, Sarah; Delbrouck, Carine; Renier, Cécile; Devriendt, Daniel; Massager, Nicolas

    2015-01-01

    Background: Gamma Knife (GK) surgery is a recognized treatment option for the management of small to medium-sized vestibular schwannoma (VS) associated with high-tumor control and low morbidity. When a radiosurgical treatment fails to stop tumor growth, repeat GK surgery can be proposed in selected cases. Methods: A series of 27 GK retreatments was performed in 25 patients with VS; 2 patients underwent three procedures. The median time interval between GK treatments was 45 months. The median margin dose used for the first, second, and third GK treatments was 12 Gy, 12 Gy, and 14 Gy, respectively. Six patients (4 patients for the second irradiation and 2 patients for the third irradiation) with partial tumor regrowth were treated only on the growing part of the tumor using a median margin dose of 13 Gy. The median tumor volume was 0.9, 2.3, and 0.7 cc for the first, second, and third treatments, respectively. Stereotactic positron emission tomography (PET) guidance was used for dose planning in 6 cases. Results: Mean follow-up duration was 46 months (range 24–110). At the last follow-up, 85% of schwannomas were controlled. The tumor volume decreased, remained unchanged, or increased after retreatment in 15, 8, and 4 cases, respectively. Four patients had PET during follow-up, and all showed a significant metabolic decrease of the tumor. Hearing was not preserved after retreatment in any patients. New facial or trigeminal palsy did not occur after retreatment. Conclusions: Our results support the long-term efficacy and low morbidity of repeat GK treatment for selected patients with tumor growth after initial treatment. PMID:26500799

  6. Auditory and vestibular dysfunctions in systemic sclerosis: literature review / Alterações auditivas e vestibulares na Esclerose Sistêmica: revisão de literatura

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    Maysa Bastos, Rabelo; Corona, Ana Paula.

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Descrever a prevalência das alterações auditivas e vestibulares em indivíduos com Esclerose Sistêmica (ES) e as hipóteses elencadas para explicar essas alterações. Estratégia de pesquisa: Revisão sistemática, sem meta-análise, a partir das bases de dados PubMed, LILACS, Isi Web of Science, [...] SciELO e SCOPUS, utilizando a combinação das palavras-chave "systemic sclerosis AND balance OR vestibular" e "systemic sclerosis AND hearing OR auditory". Critérios de seleção: Foram incluídos artigos publicados em Português, Espanhol ou Inglês até dezembro de 2011 e excluídos os artigos de revisão de literatura, cartas e editoriais. Foram localizados 254 artigos e selecionados dez. Análise dos dados: Foi realizada a descrição do delineamento dos estudos e elencadas as características e frequência das alterações auditivas e vestibulares. Após, investigaram-se as hipóteses formuladas pelos autores para explicar o comprometimento auditivo e vestibular na ES. Resultados: A perda auditiva foi o achado mais comum, com prevalência de 20 a 77%, sendo o tipo sensorioneural bilateral o mais frequente. Hipotetiza-se que o prejuízo auditivo na ES é decorrente de alterações vasculares na cóclea. A prevalência das alterações vestibulares variou de 11 a 63%, e os achados mais frequentes foram alterações na prova calórica, nistagmo de posicionamento, resposta oculocefálica anormal, alterações nos testes clínicos de integração sensorial e vertigem postural paroxística benigna. Conclusão: Elevada prevalência de alterações auditivas e vestibulares em pacientes com ES. A condução de novas investigações pode colaborar na identificação precoce dessas alterações, fornecer subsídios para os profissionais que atuam junto a esses pacientes e contribuir para a melhoria da qualidade de vida desses indivíduos. Abstract in english Purpose: To describe the prevalence of auditory and vestibular dysfunction in individuals with systemic sclerosis (SS) and the hypotheses to explain these changes. Research strategy: We performed a systematic review without meta-analysis from PubMed, LILACS, Web of Science, SciELO and SCOPUS datab [...] ases, using a combination of keywords "systemic sclerosis AND balance OR vestibular" and "systemic sclerosis AND hearing OR auditory." Selection criteria: We included articles published in Portuguese, Spanish, or English until December 2011 and reviews, letters, and editorials were excluded. We found 254 articles, out of which 10 were selected. Data analysis: The study design was described, and the characteristics and frequency of the auditory and vestibular dysfunctions in these individuals were listed. Afterwards, we investigated the hypothesis built by the authors to explain the auditory and vestibular dysfunctions in SS. Results: Hearing loss was the most common finding, with prevalence ranging from 20 to 77%, being bilateral sensorineural the most frequent type. It is hypothesized that the hearing impairment in SS is due to vascular changes in the cochlea. The prevalence of vestibular disorders ranged from 11 to 63%, and the most frequent findings were changes in caloric testing, positional nystagmus, impaired oculocephalic response, changes in clinical tests of sensory interaction, and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Conclusion: High prevalence of auditory and vestibular dysfunctions in patients with SS was observed. Conducting further research can assist in early identification of these abnormalities, provide resources for professionals who work with these patients, and contribute to improving the quality of life of these individuals.

  7. Potenciais evocados auditivos em indivíduos com síndrome vestibular periférica / Auditory evoked potentials in peripheral vestibular disorder individuals

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    Carla Gentile, Matas; Sara Manami, Silva; Débora Dong Mei, Wen; Cristiane da Silva, Nunes; Seisse Gabriela Gandolfi, Sanches.

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Os sistemas auditivo e vestibular estão localizados no mesmo receptor periférico, porém adentram ao SNC e percorrem caminhos distintos, estabelecendo uma série de conexões e abrangendo uma vasta região do encéfalo. Mesmo percorrendo caminhos diferentes, algumas alterações podem compromet [...] er ambos os sistemas. Testes como os Potenciais Evocados Auditivos podem auxiliar no diagnóstico com alterações vestibulares. OBJETIVO: Caracterizar os resultados dos Potenciais Evocados Auditivos de indivíduos com queixa de tontura ou vertigem com Síndromes Vestibulares Periféricas e com indivíduos normais, com a mesma queixa. MÉTODO: Foram realizados os Potenciais Evocados Auditivos de curta, média e longa latência, sendo um estudo prospectivo transversal. CONCLUSÃO: Indivíduos com queixa de tontura ou vertigem podem apresentar alterações no PEATE, PEAML e P300. Abstract in english INTRODUCTION: The auditory and vestibular systems are located in the same peripheral receptor, however they enter the CNS and go through different ways, thus creating a number of connections and reaching a wide area of the encephalon. Despite going through different ways, some changes can impair bot [...] h systems. Such tests as Auditory Evoked Potentials can help find a diagnosis when vestibular alterations are seen. OBJECTIVE: describe the Auditory Evoked Potential results in individuals complaining about dizziness or vertigo with Peripheral Vestibular Disorders and in normal individuals having the same complaint. METHODS: Short, middle and long latency Auditory Evoked Potentials were performed as a transversal prospective study. CONCLUSION: individuals complaining about dizziness or vertigo can show some changes in BAEP (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potential), MLAEP (Medium Latency Auditory Evoked Potential) and P300.

  8. Extracting phase-dependent human vestibular reflexes during locomotion using both time and frequency correlation approaches.

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    Blouin, Jean-Sébastien; Dakin, Christopher J; van den Doel, Kees; Chua, Romeo; McFadyen, Bradford J; Inglis, John Timothy

    2011-11-01

    Daily activities, such as walking, may require dynamic modulation of vestibular input onto motoneurons. This dynamic modulation is difficult to identify in humans due to limitations in the delivery and analysis of current vestibular probes, such as galvanic vestibular stimulation. Stochastic vestibular stimulation, however, provides an alternative method to extract human vestibular reflexes. Here, we used time-dependent coherence and time-dependent cross-correlation, coupled with stochastic vestibular stimulation, to investigate the phase dependency of human vestibular reflexes during locomotion. We found that phase-dependent activity from the medial gastrocnemius muscles is correlated with the vestibular signals over the 2- to 20-Hz bandwidth during the stance phase of locomotion. Vestibular-gastrocnemius coherence and time-dependent cross-correlations reached maximums at 21 ± 4 and 23 ± 8% of the step cycle following heel contact and before the period of maximal electromyographic activity (38 ± 5%). These results demonstrate 1) the effectiveness of these techniques in extracting the phase-dependent modulation of vestibulomuscular coupling during a cyclic task; 2) that vestibulomuscular coupling is phasically modulated during locomotion; and 3) that the period of strongest vestibulomuscular coupling does not correspond to the period of maximal electromyographic activity in the gastrocnemius. Therefore, we have shown that stochastic vestibular stimulation, coupled with time-frequency decomposition, provides an effective tool to assess the contribution of vestibular ex-afference to the muscular control during locomotion. PMID:21868684

  9. Doença vestibular periférica decorrente de osteoartropatia temporoioídea em um eqüino Peripheral vestibular disease associated with temporohyoid osteoarthropathy in a horse

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    Alexandre Secorun Borges

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available Um eqüino com 22 anos de idade apresentou síndrome vestibular periférica associada à paralisia de nervo facial esquerdo devido à osteoartropatia temporoioídea. O exame endoscópico das bolsas guturais mostrou alteração de contorno da bula timpânica esquerda e aumento de volume da extremidade proximal do osso estiloióide do mesmo lado.A 22-year-old gelding showed vestibular syndrome associated with left facial nerve paralysis due to temporohyoid osteoarthropathy and the diagnostic was confirmed by guttural pouch endoscopic examination. The exam revealed abnormal contour of the left tympanic bulla and an enlargement of the proximal part of the left stylohyoid bone.

  10. Posturografia com estímulos de realidade virtual nas diferentes disfunções vestibulares / Posturography with virtual reality stimuli in different vestibular dysfunctions

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    Marcelo Eiji Inoue, Yamamoto; Cristina Freitas, Ganança.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar o equilíbrio corporal e quantificar possíveis alterações na posturografia estática do Balance Rehabilitation Unit (BRU TM) em pacientes com disfunção vestibular. MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo, com prontuários de 100 pacientes com topodiagnóstico de disfunção vestibular periférica o [...] u central e 100 indivíduos hígidos compondo o Grupo Controle, de ambos os gêneros, entre 7 a 86 anos. Para a posturografia foi utilizado o equipamento Balance Rehabilitation Unit (BRU TM), da Medicaa®. Foram analisados os parâmetros limite de estabilidade, área de elipse e velocidade de oscilação em dez condições sensoriais. RESULTADOS: A média dos valores do limite de estabilidade, da área de elipse e da velocidade de oscilação do Grupo Experimental foi significativa em relação ao Grupo Controle em todas as condições. A média dos parâmetros do gênero feminino do Grupo Experimental foi significativa em relação ao do Grupo Controle em todas as condições avaliadas. Os pacientes com disfunção vestibular central obtiveram maiores valores que os pacientes com disfunção vestibular periférica nas variáveis área de elipse e velocidade de oscilação, porém menor valor da área do limite de estabilidade. CONCLUSÃO: A posturografia com estímulos de realidade virtual foi um método de avaliação eficaz para detectar alterações relacionadas às variáveis limite de estabilidade, área de elipse e velocidade de oscilação, uma vez que o Grupo Controle obteve melhor desempenho, tanto entre os grupos quanto entre os gêneros. Entre as disfunções vestibulares, os indivíduos com acometimento periférico obtiveram melhor desempenho do que os indivíduos com disfunção vestibular central em todas as variáveis analisadas na posturografia. Abstract in english PURPOSE: To assess body balance and to quantify possible alterations over the static posturography of the Balance Rehabilitation Unit (BRU TM) in patients with vestibular dysfunction. METHODS: Retrospective study, with files of 100 patients with topographic diagnosis of peripheral or central vestibu [...] lar dysfunction and 100 healthy individuals that composed the control group, of both genders, with ages varying between 7 and 86 years. For the posturography, the Balance Rehabilitation Unit (BRU TM), of Medicaa® was used. The following parameters were analyzed: stability limits, elliptical area, and speed of oscillation in ten sensory conditions. RESULTS: Mean values ??of the stability limit, the elliptical area and the speed of oscillation in the experimental group was significant when compared to the control group in all conditions. The mean parameters of the female experimental group were significant when compared to the control group in all conditions. Patients with central vestibular dysfunction obtained higher values than patients with peripheral vestibular dysfunction in the variables elliptical area and speed of oscillation, however with lower value of the area of the stability limit. CONCLUSION: Posturography with virtual reality stimuli was an effective assessment method for detecting alterations related to the variables stability limits, elliptical area, and speed of oscillation, since the control group performed better, both between groups and between genders. Among the vestibular dysfunctions, individuals with peripheral condition performed better than those with central vestibular dysfunction in all the variables analyzed on posturography.

  11. Facial Nerve Outcome after Vestibular Schwannoma Surgery: Our Experience*

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    Rinaldi, Vittorio; Casale, Manuele; Bressi, Federica; Potena, Massimiliano; Vesperini, Emanuela; De Franco, Antonio; Silvestri, Sergio; Zini, Carlo; Salvinelli, Fabrizio

    2012-01-01

    In this study we evaluate the postoperative facial nerve function after vestibular schwannoma (VS) surgery and analyze the factors that cause it. We included 97 consecutive patients undergoing surgical excision of sporadic unilateral VS. Patient and tumor characteristics, surgical approaches, facial nerve function, extent of tumor removal, perioperative complications are all analyzed through standardized systems. Four different surgical approaches are used: translabyrinthine, retrolabyrinthin...

  12. Fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy of vestibular schwannomas accelerates hearing loss

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    Rasmussen, Rune; Claesson, Magnus; Stangerup, Sven-Eric; Roed, Henrik; Christensen, Ib Jarle; Thomasen, Per Caye; Juhler, Marianne

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    To evaluate long-term tumor control and hearing preservation rates in patients with vestibular schwannoma treated with fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (FSRT), comparing hearing preservation rates to an untreated control group. The relationship between radiation dose to the cochlea and hearing preservation was also investigated.

  13. Determining Benchmarks in Hearing Preservation Surgery for Vestibular Schwannoma

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    Gluth, Michael B; DAY, JOHN D.; Dornhoffer, John L

    2012-01-01

    Objectives?The objectives of this study were to determine minimal benchmarks of success in vestibular schwannoma hearing preservation surgery, wherein the likelihood of having preserved hearing in a single patient is at least as likely as having created a poor facial nerve outcome for a single patient.

  14. Doença vestibular periférica decorrente de osteoartropatia temporoioídea em um eqüino

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    Borges Alexandre Secorun; Nicoletti José Luiz de Mello; Thomassian Armen; Bandarra Ênio Pedone; Angeli Ana Laura

    2003-01-01

    Um eqüino com 22 anos de idade apresentou síndrome vestibular periférica associada à paralisia de nervo facial esquerdo devido à osteoartropatia temporoioídea. O exame endoscópico das bolsas guturais mostrou alteração de contorno da bula timpânica esquerda e aumento de volume da extremidade proximal do osso estiloióide do mesmo lado.

  15. Distinct spontaneous shrinkage of a sporadic vestibular schwannoma

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    Huang, Xiaowen; Cayé-Thomasen, Per; Stangerup, Sven-Eric

    2013-01-01

    the CPA component without any intervention over a 12-year observation period. The literature on spontaneous tumor shrinkage was retrieved by searching the subject terms "vestibular schwannoma, conservative management" in PubMed/MEDLINE database, without a time limit. Of the published data, the...

  16. Stimulus Characteristics for Vestibular Stochastic Resonance to Improve Balance Function

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    Mulavara, Ajitkumar; Fiedler, Matthew; Kofman, Igor; Peters, Brian; Wood, Scott; Serrado, Jorge; Cohen, Helen; Reschke, Millard; Bloomberg, Jacob

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    Stochastic resonance (SR) is a mechanism by which noise can enhance the response of neural systems to relevant sensory signals. Studies have shown that imperceptible stochastic vestibular electrical stimulation, when applied to normal young and elderly subjects, significantly improved their ocular stabilization reflexes in response to whole-body tilt as well as balance performance during postural disturbances. The goal of this study was to optimize the amplitude characteristics of the stochastic vestibular signals for balance performance during standing on an unstable surface. Subjects performed a standard balance task of standing on a block of foam with their eyes closed. Bipolar stochastic electrical stimulation was applied to the vestibular system using constant current stimulation through electrodes placed over the mastoid process behind the ears. Amplitude of the signals varied in the range of 0-700 microamperes. Balance performance was measured using a force plate under the foam block, and inertial motion sensors were placed on the torso and head. Balance performance with stimulation was significantly greater (10%-25%) than with no stimulation. The signal amplitude at which performance was maximized was in the range of 100-300 microamperes. Optimization of the amplitude of the stochastic signals for maximizing balance performance will have a significant impact on development of vestibular SR as a unique system to aid recovery of function in astronauts after long-duration space flight or in patients with balance disorders.

  17. Mice with conditional deletion of Cx26 exhibit no vestibular phenotype despite secondary loss of Cx30 in the vestibular end organs.

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    Lee, Min Young; Takada, Tomoko; Takada, Yohei; Kappy, Michelle D; Beyer, Lisa A; Swiderski, Donald L; Godin, Ashley L; Brewer, Shannon; King, W Michael; Raphael, Yehoash

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    Connexins are components of gap junctions which facilitate transfer of small molecules between cells. One member of the connexin family, Connexin 26 (Cx26), is prevalent in gap junctions in sensory epithelia of the inner ear. Mutations of GJB2, the gene encoding Cx26, cause significant hearing loss in humans. The vestibular system, however, does not usually show significant functional deficits in humans with this mutation. Mouse models for loss of Cx26 function demonstrate hearing loss and cochlear pathology but the extent of vestibular dysfunction and organ pathology are less well characterized. To understand the vestibular effects of Cx26 mutations, we evaluated vestibular function and histology of the vestibular sensory epithelia in a conditional knockout (CKO) mouse with Cx26 loss of function. Transgenic C57BL/6 mice, in which cre-Sox10 drives excision of the Cx26 gene from non-sensory cells flanking the sensory epithelium of the inner ear (Gjb2-CKO), were compared to age-matched wild types. Animals were sacrificed at ages between 4 and 40 weeks and their cochlear and vestibular sensory organs harvested for histological examination. Cx26 immunoreactivity was prominent in the peripheral vestibular system and the cochlea of wild type mice, but absent in the Gjb2-CKO specimens. The hair cell population in the cochleae of the Gjb2-CKO mice was severely depleted but in the vestibular organs it was intact, despite absence of Cx26 expression. The vestibular organs appeared normal at the latest time point examined, 40 weeks. To determine whether compensation by another connexin explains survival of the normal vestibular sensory epithelium, we evaluated the presence of Cx30 in the Gjb2-CKO mouse. We found that Cx30 labeling was normal in the cochlea, but it was decreased or absent in the vestibular system. The vestibular phenotype of the mutants was not different from wild-types as determined by time on the rotarod, head stability tests and physiological responses to vestibular stimulation. Thus presence of Cx30 in the cochlea does not compensate for Cx26 loss, and the absence of both connexins from vestibular sensory epithelia is no more injurious than the absence of one of them. Further studies to uncover the physiological foundation for this difference between the cochlea and the vestibular organs may help in designing treatments for GJB2 mutations. PMID:26232528

  18. Incidence of vestibular schwannomas in the United States.

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    Kshettry, Varun R; Hsieh, Jason K; Ostrom, Quinn T; Kruchko, Carol; Barnholtz-Sloan, Jill S

    2015-09-01

    There is a paucity of population-based data evaluating the incidence of vestibular schwannomas according to age, gender, race, and ethnicity. Such data are necessary to assess the burden of vestibular schwannomas on varying populations and to inform future research and healthcare planning. The Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States, which contains the largest aggregation of population-based data on the incidence of primary central nervous system tumors in the US, was used. Age-adjusted incidence rates and incidence rate ratios (IRR) of vestibular schwannomas from 2004 to 2010 were calculated by age at diagnosis, gender, race, and ethnicity. Annual percent change (APC) was calculated using Joinpoint to characterize temporal trends. From 2004 to 2010, there were 23,729 newly diagnosed vestibular schwannomas in the US; overall incidence was 1.09 per 100,000 population. Incidence was stable over time (APC -0.41 %, 95 % confidence interval -3.4, 2.7). Incidence increased with age to a peak of 2.93 per 100,000 in the 65-74 year old age group. Overall, there was no difference in incidence by gender. Compared to Whites, incidence was highest in Asian Pacific Islanders (IRR 1.37, p vestibular schwannomas are diagnosed per year in the US and incidence is 1.09 per 100,000 population. Incidence increases with age up to the 65-74 year old age group. Incidence is higher in Asian Pacific Islanders and lower in African Americans and Hispanics. PMID:26024654

  19. Vertical torque responses to vestibular stimulation in standing humans.

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    Reynolds, Raymond F

    2011-08-15

    The effects of electrical vestibular stimulation upon movement and perception suggest two evoked sensations: head roll and inter-aural linear acceleration. The head roll vector causes walking subjects to turn in a direction dependent on head pitch, requiring generation of torque around a vertical axis. Here the effect of vestibular stimulation upon vertical torque (T(z)) was investigated during quiet stance. With the head tilted forward, square-wave stimuli applied to the mastoid processes evoked a polarity-specific T(z) response accompanied by trunk yaw. Stochastic vestibular stimulation (SVS) was used to investigate the effect of head pitch with greater precision; the SVS–T(z) cross-correlation displayed a modulation pattern consistent with the head roll vector and this was also reflected by changes in coherence at 2–3 Hz. However, a separate response at 7–8 Hz was unaffected by head pitch. Head translation (rather than rotation) had no effect upon this high frequency response either, suggesting it is not caused by a sense of body rotation induced by an inter-aural acceleration vector offset from the body. Instead, high coherence between medio-lateral shear force and T(z) at the same frequency range suggests it is caused by mechanical coupling to evoked medio-lateral sway. Consistent with this explanation, the 7–8 Hz response was attenuated by 90 deg head roll or yaw, both of which uncouple the inter-aural axis from the medio-lateral sway axis. These results demonstrate two vertical torque responses to electrical vestibular stimulation in standing subjects. The high frequency response can be attributed to mechanical coupling to evoked medio-lateral sway. The low frequency response is consistent with a reaction to a sensation of head roll, and provides a novel method for investigating proprioceptive-vestibular interactions during stance. PMID:21690188

  20. Schwanoma vestibular como causa de surdez súbita / Vestibular schwannoma presenting as sudden hearing loss

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    Eduardo M., Kosugi; Rodrigo P., Tangerina; Gabriel C., Dib; Hugo V. L., Ramos; Norma O., Penido.

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available A Surdez Súbita (SS) é um sintoma causado por mais de 60 doenças diferentes, dentre elas, o Schwanoma Vestibular (SV). Shaia & Sheehy (1976) apresentaram uma incidência de 1% de SV em 1220 casos de SS. Não há características específicas para o diagnóstico do SV, sendo a ressonância magnética (RM) o [...] exame de escolha. OBJETIVO: Verificar a real incidência de SV em casuísticas de SS com a realização de RM. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Coorte transversal. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Estudo prospectivo com a realização de RM com contraste de gadolínio em todos os pacientes com SS do serviço de urgência em Otorrinolaringologia do Hospital São Paulo no período de abril de 2001 a maio de 2003. RESULTADOS: Foram realizados exames de RM em 49 pacientes que apresentaram SS, sendo diagnosticados 3 (6,1%) casos de SV. CONCLUSÃO: A incidência real de SV em casuísticas de SS pode ser maior do que o classicamente descrito na literatura, devido ao subdiagnóstico pela não-utilização da RM de rotina nestes casos. Abstract in english The sudden Hearing Loss (SHL) is a symptom caused by more than 60 different diseases, including Vestibular Schwannoma (VS). Shaia & Sheehy (1976) presented a study with 1,220 cases of SHL reporting 1% incidence of VS. There is no specific characteristic for the diagnosis of VS and Magnetic Resonance [...] Imaging (MRI) is the gold standard exam to diagnose such disease. AIM: To determine the real incidence of VS presenting as SHL performing MRI in all patients with SHL. STUDY DESIGN: Transversal cohort. MATERIL AND METHOD: Prospective study in which MRI with gadolinium was performed in all patients with SHL in the Emergency Service of Sao Paulo Hospital from April 2001 through May 2003. RESULTS: MRI was performed in 49 patients with symptoms of SHL, with three cases (6.1%) of VS found. CONCLUSION: The real incidence of VS presenting as SHL may be greater than that mentioned in conventional reports probably because MRI had not been performed in all patients with SHL.

  1. Schwanoma vestibular como causa de surdez súbita Vestibular schwannoma presenting as sudden hearing loss

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    Eduardo M. Kosugi

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available A Surdez Súbita (SS é um sintoma causado por mais de 60 doenças diferentes, dentre elas, o Schwanoma Vestibular (SV. Shaia & Sheehy (1976 apresentaram uma incidência de 1% de SV em 1220 casos de SS. Não há características específicas para o diagnóstico do SV, sendo a ressonância magnética (RM o exame de escolha. OBJETIVO: Verificar a real incidência de SV em casuísticas de SS com a realização de RM. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Coorte transversal. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Estudo prospectivo com a realização de RM com contraste de gadolínio em todos os pacientes com SS do serviço de urgência em Otorrinolaringologia do Hospital São Paulo no período de abril de 2001 a maio de 2003. RESULTADOS: Foram realizados exames de RM em 49 pacientes que apresentaram SS, sendo diagnosticados 3 (6,1% casos de SV. CONCLUSÃO: A incidência real de SV em casuísticas de SS pode ser maior do que o classicamente descrito na literatura, devido ao subdiagnóstico pela não-utilização da RM de rotina nestes casos.The sudden Hearing Loss (SHL is a symptom caused by more than 60 different diseases, including Vestibular Schwannoma (VS. Shaia & Sheehy (1976 presented a study with 1,220 cases of SHL reporting 1% incidence of VS. There is no specific characteristic for the diagnosis of VS and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI is the gold standard exam to diagnose such disease. AIM: To determine the real incidence of VS presenting as SHL performing MRI in all patients with SHL. STUDY DESIGN: Transversal cohort. MATERIL AND METHOD: Prospective study in which MRI with gadolinium was performed in all patients with SHL in the Emergency Service of Sao Paulo Hospital from April 2001 through May 2003. RESULTS: MRI was performed in 49 patients with symptoms of SHL, with three cases (6.1% of VS found. CONCLUSION: The real incidence of VS presenting as SHL may be greater than that mentioned in conventional reports probably because MRI had not been performed in all patients with SHL.

  2. Visual-vestibular integration motion perception reporting

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    Harm, Deborah L.; Reschke, Millard R.; Parker, Donald E.

    1999-01-01

    Self-orientation and self/surround-motion perception derive from a multimodal sensory process that integrates information from the eyes, vestibular apparatus, proprioceptive and somatosensory receptors. Results from short and long duration spaceflight investigations indicate that: (1) perceptual and sensorimotor function was disrupted during the initial exposure to microgravity and gradually improved over hours to days (individuals adapt), (2) the presence and/or absence of information from different sensory modalities differentially affected the perception of orientation, self-motion and surround-motion, (3) perceptual and sensorimotor function was initially disrupted upon return to Earth-normal gravity and gradually recovered to preflight levels (individuals readapt), and (4) the longer the exposure to microgravity, the more complete the adaptation, the more profound the postflight disturbances, and the longer the recovery period to preflight levels. While much has been learned about perceptual and sensorimotor reactions and adaptation to microgravity, there is much remaining to be learned about the mechanisms underlying the adaptive changes, and about how intersensory interactions affect perceptual and sensorimotor function during voluntary movements. During space flight, SMS and perceptual disturbances have led to reductions in performance efficiency and sense of well-being. During entry and immediately after landing, such disturbances could have a serious impact on the ability of the commander to land the Orbiter and on the ability of all crew members to egress from the Orbiter, particularly in a non-nominal condition or following extended stays in microgravity. An understanding of spatial orientation and motion perception is essential for developing countermeasures for Space Motion Sickness (SMS) and perceptual disturbances during spaceflight and upon return to Earth. Countermeasures for optimal performance in flight and a successful return to Earth require the development of preflight and in-flight training to help astronauts acquire and maintain a dual adaptive state. Despite the considerable experience with, and use of, an extensive set of countermeasures in the Russian space program, SMS and perceptual disturbances remain an unresolved problem on long-term flights. Reliable, valid perceptual reports are required to develop and refine stimulus rearrangements presented in the PAT devices currently being developed as countermeasures for the prevention of motion sickness and perceptual disturbances during spaceflight, and to ensure a less hazardous return to Earth. Prior to STS-8, crew member descriptions of their perceptual experiences were, at best, anecdotal. Crew members were not schooled in the physiology or psychology of sensory perception, nor were they exposed to the appropriate professional vocabulary. However, beginning with the STS-8 Shuttle flight, a serious effort was initiated to teach astronauts a systematic method to classify and quantify their perceptual responses in space, during entry, and after flight. Understanding, categorizing, and characterizing perceptual responses to spaceflight has been greatly enhanced by implementation of that training system.

  3. Dizziness handicap inventory - em um grupo de pacientes submetidos a reabilitação vestibular personalizada / Dizziness handicap inventory- in a group of patients undergoing customized vestibular rehabilitation

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    Ana Carla Leite, Romero; Matheus Siqueira Yoshihiro, Hayashi; Marcos Seizo, Kishi; Ana Claúdia Vieira, Cardoso; Ana Cláudia Figueiredo, Frizzo.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: investigar o impacto da Reabilitação Vestibular personalizada e comparar os aspectos físicos, emocionais e funcionais pré e pós a aplicação do Dizziness Handicap Inventory. MÉTODOS: participaram 10 pacientes, com sintomas decorrentes de distúrbios do sistema vestibular e hipótese diagnóst [...] ica de disfunção vestibular crônica. Estes foram avaliados quanto aos aspectos físicos, emocionais e funcionais por meio do Dizziness Handicap Inventory pré e pós reabilitação vestibular personalizada. RESULTADOS: no Dizziness Handicap Inventory pré foi verificado que o aspecto físico foi o mais pontuado, seguido pelo emocional e funcional. A reabilitação vestibular foi eficaz, uma vez que houve diminuição nas queixas de qualidade de vida, e melhores resultados em todos os aspectos avaliados no Dizziness Handicap Inventory pós, apenas um paciente obteve melhora somente dos aspectos emocionais e funcionais, além de piora dos aspectos físicos. CONCLUSÃO: o Dizziness Handicap Inventory brasileiro aplicado pré e pós reabilitação vestibular personalizada mostrou-se como um teste eficaz para acompanhar pacientes submetidos a reabilitação vestibular, capaz de mostrar a melhora significante nos sintomas da vertigem crônica, além do impacto negativo na qualidade de vida dos pacientes deste estudo. Abstract in english PURPOSE: to describe the results obtained from the application of the DHI, pre and post customized vestibular rehabilitation in order to verify the efficiency of rehabilitation in this population. METHODS: the sample consisted of 10 patients with symptoms caused by disorders of the vestibular syste [...] m and diagnosis of chronic vestibular dysfunction. These patients were evaluated for physical, emotional and functional aspects using the Dizziness Handicap Inventory pre and post customized vestibular rehabilitation. RESULTS: on the pre Dizziness Handicap Inventory it was verified that the physical aspects was the most highly scored, followed by the emotional and functional. Vestibular rehabilitation was effective, since there was a decrease in complaints concerning quality of life and better results in all the aspects evaluated in Dizziness Handicap Inventory post rehabilitation, only one patient reported improvement in emotional and functional, and worsening of the physical aspects. CONCLUSION: The Dizziness Handicap Inventory, Brazilian version, applied pre and post customized vestibular rehabilitation proved to be an efficient test to monitor patients undergoing vestibular rehabilitation, this device was able to show significant improvement in symptoms of chronic vertigo, and improved the quality of life of the patients in this study.

  4. Galvanic vestibular stimulator for fMRI studies

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    Hellen Mathei, Della-Justina; Tiago, Manczak; Anderson Marcelo, Winkler; Dráulio Barros de, Araújo; Mauren Abreu de, Souza; Edson, Amaro Junior; Humberto Remigio, Gamba.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Areas of the brain that are associated with the vestibular system can be activated using galvanic vestibular stimulation. These areas can be studied through a combination of galvanic vestibular stimulation with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). In order to provide an approp [...] riate sequence of galvanic stimulation synchronous with the MRI pulse sequence, a specific electronic device that was built and assessed is presented. METHODS: The electronic project of the GVS is divided in analog and digital circuits. The analog circuits are mounted in an aluminum case, supplied by sealed batteries, and goes inside the MRI room near to the feet of the subject. The digital circuits are placed in the MRI control room. Those circuits communicate through each other by an optical fiber. Tests to verify the GVS-MRI compatibility were conducted. Silicone (in-house) and Ag/AgCl (commercial) electrodes were evaluated for maximum balance and minimal pain sensations. fMRI experiments were conducted in eight human volunteers. RESULTS: GVS-MRI compatibility experiments demonstrate that the GVS did not interfere with the MRI scanner functionality and vice versa. The circular silicone electrode was considered the most suitable to apply the galvanic vestibular stimulation. The 1 Hz stimulation sinusoid frequency produced the biggest balance and the less pain sensations when compared to 2 Hz. The GVS was capable of eliciting activation in the precentral and postcentral gyri, in the central sulcus, in the supplementary motor area, in the middle and inferior frontal gyri, in the inferior parietal lobule, in the insula, in the superior temporal gyrus, in the middle cingulate cortex, and in the cerebellum. CONCLUSION: This study shows the development and description of a neurovestibular stimulator that can be safely used inside the MRI scanner room without interfering on its operation and vice versa. The developed GVS could successfully activate the major areas involved with multimodal functions of the vestibular system, demonstrating its validity as a stimulator for neurovestibular research. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first work that shows the development and the construction of a galvanic vestibular stimulator that could be safely used inside the MRI room.

  5. Developmental and Age-related Changes in Morphometry and Cellular Density of the Vestibular Ganglion in the Chick

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    A.G. Pillay

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Vestibular ganglia at different stages of development in the chick and that of the adult were fixed in formal-saline. Serial sections were taken and stained by cresyl fast violet to analyse the results. Cells were categorised and counted. Ganglionic volume is the greatest on E18 during the whole ontogeny even though its rostrocaudal length is the greatest in the adult. This is quite different from that observed in other ganglia studied where the ganglionic volume is the greatest in the adult situation. The increased size of the ganglion on E18 might be related to the increased size of the cells, increased size of the neuropil (network of neuronal processes and neuroglia and to the effects of tissue reactions resulting from the toxic substances of the dead cells. The loss of cells in the adult in comparison to that observed on the day of hatching might indicate a functional reduction as a result of ageing process. The fluctuation in the number of cells during development might be considered as a normal process for the purpose of re-arrangement for better organisation in order to perform an efficient function. The cell-loss has essentially ended around E15 by the time the ganglion begins to show its greatest expansion so as to reach its maximum size on E18. The appearance of a few light cells in the vestibular ganglion on E6 might indirectly indicate the beginning of an early establishment of a functional connection. This might possibly mean that an early development of functional organisation of the vestibular ganglion is an important factor for the proper development of other organs and systems during embryonic development. The appearance of an increased number of tiny cells in the adult ganglion is peculiar from that observed in other ganglia studied; possibly these tiny cells, by their growth, maturation and establishment of functional connections, replace those inactive (or dead cells, during ageing process. Possibly, continuation of an efficient vestibular function is important for the normal behaviour of the animal.

  6. The vestibular contribution to the head direction cells signal and navigation

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    Jeffrey S Taube

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Spatial learning and navigation depend on neural representations of location and direction within the environment. These representations, encoded by place cells and head direction cells, respectively, are dominantly controlled by visual cues, but require input from the vestibular system. Vestibular signals play an important role in forming spatial representations in both visual and non-visual environments, but the details of this vestibular contribution are not fully understood. Here, we review the role of the vestibular system in generating various spatial signals in rodents, focusing primarily on head direction cells. We also examine the vestibular system’s role in navigation and the possible pathways by which vestibular information is conveyed to higher navigation centers.

  7. The Vestibular-Evoked Postural Response of Adolescents with Idiopathic Scoliosis Is Altered

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    Pialasse, Jean-Philippe; Descarreaux, Martin; Mercier, Pierre; Blouin, Jean; Simoneau, Martin

    2015-01-01

    Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is a multifactorial disorder including neurological factors. A dysfunction of the sensorimotor networks processing vestibular information could be related to spine deformation. This study investigates whether feed-forward vestibulomotor control or sensory reweighting mechanisms are impaired in adolescent scoliosis patients. Vestibular evoked postural responses were obtained using galvanic vestibular stimulation while participants stood with their eyes closed and head facing forward. Lateral forces under each foot and lateral displacement of the upper body of adolescents with mild (n = 20) or severe (n = 16) spine deformation were compared to those of healthy control adolescents (n = 16). Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients demonstrated greater lateral displacement and net lateral forces than controls both during and immediately after vestibular stimulation. Altered sensory reweighting of vestibular and proprioceptive information changed balance control of AIS patients during and after vestibular stimulation. Therefore, scoliosis onset could be related to abnormal sensory reweighting, leading to altered sensorimotor processes. PMID:26580068

  8. A neuroscientific account of how vestibular disorders impair bodily self-consciousness

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    Christophe Lopez

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The consequences of vestibular disorders on balance, oculomotor control and self-motion perception have been extensively described in humans and animals. More recently, vestibular disorders have been related to cognitive deficits in spatial navigation and memory tasks. Less frequently, abnormal bodily perceptions have been described in patients with vestibular disorders. Altered forms of bodily self-consciousness include distorted body image and body schema, disembodied self-location (out-of-body experience, altered sense of agency, as well as more complex experiences of dissociation and detachment from the self (depersonalization. In this article, I suggest that vestibular disorders create sensory conflict or mismatch in multisensory brain regions, producing perceptual incoherence and abnormal body and self perceptions. This hypothesis is based on recent functional mapping of the human vestibular cortex, showing vestibular projections to the primary and secondary somatosensory cortex and in several multisensory areas found to be crucial for bodily self-consciousness.

  9. Spatial reference frames of visual, vestibular, and multimodal heading signals in area MSTd

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    Fetsch, Christopher R.; Wang, Sentao; Gu, Yong; DEANGELIS, GREGORY C.; Angelaki, Dora E.

    2007-01-01

    Heading perception is a complex task that generally requires the integration of visual and vestibular cues. This sensory integration is complicated by the fact that these two modalities encode motion in distinct spatial reference frames (visual: eye-centered; vestibular: head-centered). Visual and vestibular heading signals converge in primate area MSTd, a region thought to contribute to heading perception, but the reference frames of these signals remain unknown. We measured the heading tuni...

  10. Hyperventilation-induced nystagmus in a large series of vestibular patients

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    CALIFANO, L.; MELILLO, M.G.; A. Vassallo; Mazzone, S.

    2011-01-01

    The Hyperventilation Test is widely used in the "bed-side examination" of vestibular patients. It can either activate a latent nystagmus in central or peripheral vestibular diseases or it can interact with a spontaneous nystagmus, by reducing it or increasing it. Aims of this study were to determine the incidence, patterns and temporal characteristics of Hyperventilation-induced nystagmus in patients suffering from vestibular diseases, as well as its contribution to the differential diagnosis...

  11. The vestibular implant: frequency-dependency of the electrically evoked vestibulo-ocular reflex in humans

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    van de Berg, Raymond; Guinand, Nils; Nguyen, T. A. Khoa; Ranieri, Maurizio; Cavuscens, Samuel; Guyot, Jean-Philippe; Stokroos, Robert; Kingma, Herman; Perez-Fornos, Angelica

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    The vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) shows frequency-dependent behavior. This study investigated whether the characteristics of the electrically evoked VOR (eVOR) elicited by a vestibular implant, showed the same frequency-dependency. Twelve vestibular electrodes implanted in seven patients with bilateral vestibular hypofunction (BVH) were tested. Stimuli consisted of amplitude-modulated electrical stimulation with a sinusoidal profile at frequencies of 0.5, 1, and 2 Hz. The main characteristics...

  12. 3D hybrid electrode structure as implantable interface for a vestibular neural prosthesis in humans

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    Hoffmann, Klaus-P; Poppendieck, Wigand; Tätzner, Simon; DiGiovanna, Jack; Kos, Maria Izabel; Guinand, Nils; Guyot, Jean-Philippe; Micera, Silvestro

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    Implantable interfaces are essential components of vestibular neural prostheses. They interface the biological system with electrical stimulation that is used to restore transfer of vestibular information. Regarding the anatomical situation special 3D structures are required. In this paper, the design and the manufacturing process of a novel 3D hybrid microelectrode structure as interface to the human vestibular system are described. Photolithography techniques, assembling technology and rapi...

  13. Multiple synchronous sites of origin of vestibular schwannomas in neurofibromatosis Type 2

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    Stivaros, Stavros M.; Stemmer-Rachamimov, Anat O; Alston, Robert; Plotkin, Scott R.; Nadol, Joseph B; Quesnel, Alicia; O'Malley, Jennifer; Whitfield, Gillian A; McCabe, Martin G; Freeman, Simon R; Lloyd, Simon K; Wright, Neville B; Kilday, John-Paul; Kamaly-Asl, Ian D; Mills, Samantha J

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    Background: Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2) is a dominantly inherited tumour syndrome with a phenotype which includes bilateral vestibular (eighth cranial nerve) schwannomas. Conventional thinking suggests that these tumours originate at a single point along the superior division of the eighth nerve. Methods: High resolution MRI was performed in children genetically proven to have NF2. The superior vestibular nerve (SVN) and inferior vestibular nerve (IVN) were visualised along their course wi...

  14. Multiple synchronous sites of origin of vestibular schwannomas in neurofibromatosis Type 2.

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    Stivaros, Stavros M.; Stemmer-Rachamimov, Anat O; Alston, Robert; Plotkin, Scott R.; Nadol, Joseph B; Quesnel, Alicia; O'Malley, Jennifer; Whitfield, Gillian A; McCabe, Martin G; Freeman, Simon R; Lloyd, Simon K; Wright, Neville B; Kilday, John-Paul; Kamaly-Asl, Ian D; Mills, Samantha J

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    BACKGROUND: Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2) is a dominantly inherited tumour syndrome with a phenotype which includes bilateral vestibular (eighth cranial nerve) schwannomas. Conventional thinking suggests that these tumours originate at a single point along the superior division of the eighth nerve. METHODS: High resolution MRI was performed in children genetically proven to have NF2. The superior vestibular nerve (SVN) and inferior vestibular nerve (IVN) were visualised along their course wi...

  15. Electrical Vestibular Stimuli to Enhance Vestibulo-Motor Output and Improve Subject Comfort

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    Forbes, P.A.; Dakin, C.J.; Geers, A.M.; Vlaar, M.P.; Happee, R.; Siegmund, G.P.; A.C. Schouten; Blouin, J.S.

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    Electrical vestibular stimulation is often used to assess vestibulo-motor and postural responses in both clinical and research settings. Stochastic vestibular stimulation (SVS) is a recently established technique with many advantages over its square-wave counterpart; however, the evoked muscle responses remain relatively small. Although the vestibular-evoked responses can be enhanced by increasing the stimulus amplitude, subjects often perceive these higher intensity electrical stimuli as nox...

  16. Vestibular nuclei characterized by calcium-binding protein immunoreactivity and tract tracing in Gekko gecko

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    Song, Jing; WANG, WENBO; Carr, Catherine E; Dai, Zhendong; Tang, Yezhong

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    Immunohistochemical techniques were used to describe the distribution of the calcium binding proteins calretinin, calbindin and parvalbumin as well as synaptic vesicle protein 2 in the vestibular nuclei of the Tokay gecko (Gekko gecko). In addition, tract tracing was used to investigate connections between the vestibular nerves and brainstem nuclei. Seven vestibular nuclei were recognized: the nuclei cerebellaris lateralis (Cerl), vestibularis dorsolateralis (Vedl), ventrolateralis (Vevl), ve...

  17. A neuroscientific account of how vestibular disorders impair bodily self-consciousness

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    Lopez, Christophe

    2013-01-01

    The consequences of vestibular disorders on balance, oculomotor control, and self-motion perception have been extensively described in humans and animals. More recently, vestibular disorders have been related to cognitive deficits in spatial navigation and memory tasks. Less frequently, abnormal bodily perceptions have been described in patients with vestibular disorders. Altered forms of bodily self-consciousness include distorted body image and body schema, disembodied self-location (out-of...

  18. Determination of the functional status of vestibular apparatus at children aged 5-6 years old.

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    Moiseenko E.K.

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The physiological methods of determination of the functional state of vestibular analyzer are considered. The indexes of systole and diastole pressure, frequencies of heart-throbs, are chosen. Methods were used before and after standard vestibular irritation. Research was conducted on the base of child's preschool establishment. In it took part 120 children in age 5 - 6 years. Insufficient development of vestibular analyzer is set for children. Selected exercise for the improvement of spatial orientation and statodynamic stability.

  19. A critical period for the impact of vestibular sensation on ferret motor development

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    Van Cleave, S; Shall, M.S.

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    Children with hearing deficits and hypofunctioning vestibular receptors frequently have delayed motor development. This study focuses on when the vestibular system needs to be active for normal motor behavior development and the maturation of the soleus muscle in the ferret. Both vestibular labyrinths were removed from ferrets at Postnatal day 10 (P10), P21, or P45 and the resulting data were compared with ferrets that had undergone a sham surgery at the same ages. The animals were sacrificed...

  20. Estimation of an Optimal Stimulus Amplitude for Using Vestibular Stochastic Stimulation to Improve Balance Function

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    Goel, R.; Kofman, I.; DeDios, Y. E.; Jeevarajan, J.; Stepanyan, V.; Nair, M.; Congdon, S.; Fregia, M.; Peters, B.; Cohen, H.; Wood, S.; Bloomberg, J. J.; Mulavara, A. P.

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    Sensorimotor changes such as postural and gait instabilities can affect the functional performance of astronauts when they transition across different gravity environments. We are developing a method, based on stochastic resonance (SR), to enhance information transfer by applying non-zero levels of external noise on the vestibular system (vestibular stochastic resonance, VSR). The goal of this project was to determine optimal levels of stimulation for SR applications by using a defined vestibular threshold of motion detection.

  1. THE DINAMICS OF IMPULSE ACTIVITY OF THE INFERIOR VESTIBULAR NUCLEUS UNDER CONDITIONS OF VIBRATION IN LABYRINTHECTOMIED RATS

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    S.G.Sargsyan

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    Full Text Available The computer analyzes of the inferior vestibular nuclei was performed in norm and after unilateral labyrinthactomy of right site. On 2-d day after oparation, animals were vibrated with diferent period (5, 10 and 15 days. Benchmark analysis of the features of background pulse activity of both nuclei neurons showed initial asymmetry of the impulse average frequency and factor of variation of interspike intervals. It was showed, that after 5 days vibration average frequency of Roller’s both nuclei impulses were they nearly justified in labyrinthactomied labirintactomied rats. After 15 days vibration impulse average frequency was higher on damaged site, than on unstrucked site. The particularities and functional importance our results are discussed.

  2. Função vestibular no acidente vascular cerebral do território carot??deo Vestibular function in carotid territory stroke patients

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    Anna Paula Batista de Ávila Pires

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    Full Text Available Pacientes após Acidente Vascular Cerebral (AVC podem apresentar sintomas otoneurológicos. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a função vestibular de pacientes com antecedente pessoal de AVC no território carotídeo. Desenho científico: estudo de coorte histórica com corte transversal. MÉTODO: Quarenta pacientes foram submetidos à anamnese, exame otorrinolaringológico, Dizziness Handicap Inventory e vectoeletronistagmografia. RESULTADOS: Anormalidades discretas dos movimentos sacádicos foram encontradas em 20 pacientes (50,0%; nove referiram desequilíbrio e um tontura. O ganho do rastreio pendular foi anormal em 17 casos (42,5%; seis referiram desequilíbrio e um tontura. Preponderância direcional anormal do nistagmoperrotatório ocorreu em dois casos (5,0%, que referiram desequilíbrio. A prova calórica identificou três casos (7,5% com predomínio labiríntico anormal e dois (5,0% com preponderância direcional anormal do nistagmo; os cinco casos relataram desequilíbrio. Dos 11 pacientes que não referiram manifestações de alteração do equilíbrio corporal, 10 apresentaram alterações nos movimentos sacádicos e no rastreio pendular e um apresentou exame vestibular normal. CONCLUSÃO: Pacientes com antecedente pessoal de AVC no território carotídeo podem apresentar tontura ou desequilíbrio corporal e sinais de comprometimento da motilidade ocular e da função vestibular.Stroke patients may present otoneurological symptoms. OBJECTIVE: To assess the vestibular function of subjects with a history of carotid territory stroke. METHOD: This historical cohort cross sectional study enrolled 40 patients; subjects answered the Dizziness Handicap Inventory, were interviewed and submitted to ENT examination and vectorelectronystagmography. RESULTS: Mild saccadic movement anomalies were seen in 20 patients (50.0%; nine complained of imbalance and dizziness. Abnormal smooth pursuit gain was seen in 17 cases (42.5%; six subjects reported imbalance and one complained of dizziness. Abnormal directional preponderance during rotational nystagmus was seen in two cases (5.0%, who also reported imbalance. Three patients (7.5% and two subjects (5.0% were found to have abnormal labyrinthine predominance and abnormal nystagmus directional preponderance respectively; all five individuals reported imbalance. Ten of the 11 patients without complaints of disordered balance had altered saccadic and smooth pursuit eye movements, while one had unaltered vestibular function. CONCLUSION: Patients with a history of carotid territory stroke may suffer from dizziness or imbalance and present signs of compromised eye motility and vestibular function.

  3. Space motion sickness and vestibular adaptation to weightlessness

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    Young, L. R.

    1983-01-01

    Theories of space motion sickness are discussed together with near future vestibular experiments for three Spacelab missions. The sensory conflict theory is covered, as well as theories involving unequal otolith masses, semicircular canals, cardiovascular adaptation and fluid shift toward the head, and extra-labyrinthine effects. Experiments will test the hypothesis that the sensitivity of the otolith organ response is shifted during weightlessness and that this shift carries over to the post-flight experience. Visual-vestibular-tactile interaction, vestibulo-ocular reflexes, ocular counterrolling, awareness of body position, otolith-spinal reflexes, and motion sickness susceptibility are among the parameters to be studied. Preflight and postflight tests will emphasize evaluation of any residual effects of the seven day weightless exposure on vestibulo-spinal and vestibulo-ocular pathways.

  4. Vestibular acoustic reception in the guinea pig: a saccular function?

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    Cazals, Y; Aran, J M; Erre, J P; Guilhaume, A; Aurousseau, C

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    After complete destruction of cochlear but preservation of vestibular hair cells in the guinea pig acoustically evoked responses can still be recorded from the round window up to the auditory cortex. At all levels these responses differ from those observed in normal animals but their frequency sensitivity and selectivity make them akin to responses from auditory organs. In a series of experiments a complete cochlear destruction was combined with a total or partial destruction of the vestibule. After complete cochlear and vestibular hair cell destruction no acoustic response could be recorded. But in cases of total cochlear and drastic ampullar and utricular destruction together with an almost undamaged saccular sensory epithelium the same peculiar acoustic responses could be observed. These results support the hypothesis of a functional acoustic reception by the saccule in a mammal. PMID:6601354

  5. Vestibular Function in the Temporal and Parietal Cortex: Distinct Velocity and Inertial Processing Pathways

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    Jocelyne Ventre-Dominey

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available A number of behavioural and neuroimaging studies have reported converging data in favour of a cortical network for vestibular function, distributed between the temporo-parietal cortex and the prefrontal cortex in the primate. In this review, we focus on the role of the cerebral cortex in visuo-vestibular integration including the motion sensitive temporo-occipital areas i.e. the middle superior temporal area (MST and the parietal cortex. Indeed these two neighbouring cortical regions, though they both receive combined vestibular and visual information, have distinct implications in vestibular function. In sum, this review of the literature leads to the idea of two separate cortical vestibular sub-systems forming (1 a velocity pathway including MST and direct descending pathways on vestibular nuclei. As it receives well defined visual and vestibular velocity signals, this pathway is likely involved in heading perception and rapid top-down regulation of eye/head coordination and (2 an inertial processing pathway involving the parietal cortex in connection with the subcortical vestibular nuclei complex responsible for velocity storage integration. This vestibular cortical pathway would be implicated in high order multimodal integration and cognitive functions, including world space and self- referential processing.

  6. What Really Decides the Facial Function of Vestibular Schwannoma Surgery?

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    Kim, Jin; Moon, In Seok; Jeong, Jun hui; Lee, Hyung Rok; Lee, Won Sang

    2011-01-01

    Objectives To find the main cause of facial nerve dysfunction in vestibular schwannoma (VS) surgery and review the prognosis of facial function in relation to tumor size, preoperative facial function and surgical approach. Methods We reviewed the surgical outcome of 134 patients with VS treated in our department between 1994 and 2008. All patients included in the study had postoperative facial paralysis after surgical management of their VS. There were 14 women and 7 men. The mean age was 48....

  7. Magnetic Vestibular Stimulation in Subjects with Unilateral Labyrinthine Disorders

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    BryanKevinWard

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available We recently discovered that static magnetic fields from high-strength MRI machines induce nystagmus in all normal humans, and that a magnetohydrodynamic (MHD Lorentz force, derived from ionic currents in the endolymph and pushing on the cupula, best explains this effect. Individuals with no labyrinthine function have no nystagmus. The influence of magnetic vestibular stimulation (MVS in individuals with unilateral loss of labyrinthine function is unknown and may provide insight into mechanism of MVS. These individuals should experience MVS, but with differences consistent with their residual labyrinthine function. We recorded eye movements in the static magnetic field of a 7T MRI machine in nine individuals with unilateral labyrinthine hypofunction, as determined by head impulse testing and vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP. Eye movements were recorded using infrared videooculography. Static head positions were varied in pitch with the body supine, and slow-phase eye velocity (SPV was assessed. All subjects exhibited predominantly horizontal nystagmus after entering the magnet head-first, lying supine. The SPV direction reversed when entering feet-first. Pitching chin-to-chest caused subjects to reach a null point for horizontal SPV. Right unilateral vestibular hypofunction (UVH subjects developed slow-phase-up nystagmus and left UVH subjects, slow-phase-down nystagmus. Vertical and torsional components were consistent with superior semicircular canal excitation or inhibition, respectively, of the intact ear. These findings provide compelling support for the hypothesis that MVS is a result of a Lorentz force and suggest that the function of individual structures within the labyrinth can be assessed with MVS. As a novel method of comfortable and sustained labyrinthine stimulation, MVS can provide new insights into vestibular physiology and pathophysiology.

  8. Magnetic Vestibular Stimulation in Subjects with Unilateral Labyrinthine Disorders

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    BryanKevinWard; DaleCRoberts; CharlesCDella Santina; DavidSZee

    2014-01-01

    We recently discovered that static magnetic fields from high-strength MRI machines induce nystagmus in all normal humans, and that a magneto-hydrodynamic Lorentz force, derived from ionic currents in the endolymph and pushing on the cupula, best explains this effect. Individuals with no labyrinthine function have no nystagmus. The influence of magnetic vestibular stimulation (MVS) in individuals with unilateral deficits in labyrinthine function is unknown and may provide insight into the mech...

  9. Current treatment strategy in the management of vestibular schwannoma

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    Misra Basant; Purandare Harshad; Ved Rahul; Bagdia Anshul; Mare Pandurang

    2009-01-01

    Background: The changing trends in the management of vestibular schwannoma (VS) in our practice over the last two decades as well as the current status are presented here. Materials and Methods: The observations are based on the experience of 559 consecutive cases of VS operated by the first author between 1987 and 2008, 438 of which were operated by microsurgery and 139 by gamma knife radiosurgery (GKR) (18 of which were previously operated by the authors). A detailed analysis of microsur...

  10. Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation in Hemi-Spatial Neglect

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    David Wilkinson

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Hemi-spatial neglect is an attentional disorder in which the sufferer fails to acknowledge or respond to stimuli appearing in contralesional space. In recent years, it has become clear that a measurable reduction in contralesional neglect can occur during galvanic vestibular stimulation, a technique by which transmastoid, small amplitude current induces lateral, attentional shifts via asymmetric modulation of the left and right vestibular nerves. However, it remains unclear whether this reduction persists after stimulation is stopped. To estimate longevity of effect, we therefore conducted a double-blind, randomized, dose-response trial involving a group of stroke patients suffering from left-sided neglect (n=52, mean age=66 years. To determine whether repeated sessions of galvanic vestibular stimulation more effectively induce lasting relief than a single session, participants received 1, 5, or 10 sessions, each lasting 25mins, of sub-sensory, left-anodal right-cathodal noisy direct current (mean amplitude=1mA. Ninety five percent confidence intervals indicated that all three treatment arms showed a statistically significant improvement between the pre-stimulation baseline and the final day of stimulation on the primary outcome measure, the conventional tests of the Behavioural Inattention Test. More remarkably, this change (mean change=28%, SD=18 was still evident 1month later. Secondary analyses indicated an allied increase of 20% in median Barthel Index score, a measure of functional capacity, in the absence of any adverse events or instances of participant non-compliance. Together these data suggest that galvanic vestibular stimulation, a simple, cheap technique suitable for home-based administration, may produce lasting reductions in neglect that are clinically important. Further protocol optimization is now needed ahead of a larger effectiveness study.

  11. The sensitivity of an immature vestibular system to altered gravity.

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    Gabriel, Martin; Frippiat, Jean-Pol; Frey, Herbert; Horn, Eberhard R

    2012-07-01

    Stimulus deprivation or stimulus augmentation can induce long-lasting modifications to sensory and motor systems. If deprivation is effective only during a limited period of life this phase is called "critical period." A critical period was described for the development of the roll-induced vestibuloocular reflex (rVOR) of Xenopus laevis using spaceflights. Spaceflight durations and basic conditions of Xenopus' development did not make it possible to answer the question whether exposure of the immature vestibular organ to weightlessness affects rVOR development. The embryonic development of Pleurodeles waltl is slow enough to solve this problem because the rVOR cannot be induced before 15 dpf. Stage 20-21 embryos (4 dpf) were exposed to microgravity during a 10-day spaceflight, or to 3g hypergravity following the same time schedule. After termination of altered gravity, the rVOR was recorded twice in most animals. The main observations were as follows: (1) after the first rVOR appearance at stage 37 (16 dpf), both rVOR gain and amplitude increased steadily up to saturation levels of 0.22 and 20°, respectively. (2) Three days after termination of microgravity, flight and ground larvae showed no rVOR; 1 day later, the rVOR could be induced only in ground larvae. Differences disappeared after 3 weeks. (3) For 10 days after 3g exposure, rVOR development was similar to that of 1g-controls but 3 weeks later, 3g-larvae showed a larger rVOR than 1g-controls. These observations indicate that the immature vestibular system is transiently sensitive to microgravity exposure and that exposure of the immature vestibular system to hypergravity leads to a slowly growing vestibular sensitization. PMID:22570271

  12. Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis of Gastric Cancer Misdiagnosed as Vestibular Schwannoma

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    Kim, Shin-Jae; Kwon, Jeong-Taik; Mun, Seog-Kyun; Hong, Young-Ho

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    Gastric cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer-related death in Asian countries, including Korea. We experienced a case of leptomeningeal carcinomatosis (LC) from gastric cancer that was originally misdiagnosed as vestibular schwannoma based on the similar radiological characteristics. To our knowledge, LC from gastric cancer is very rare. In conclusion, our experience with this case suggests that clinicians should consider the possibility of delayed leptomeningeal metastasis when ...

  13. Calcification of vestibular schwannoma: a case report and literature review

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    Zhang Yang; Yu Jinlu; Qu Limei; Li Yunqian

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Calcification rarely occurs in vestibular schwannoma (VS), and only seven cases of calcified VS have been reported in the literature. Here, we report a 48-year-old man with VS, who had a history of progressive left-sided hearing loss for 3 years. Neurological examination revealed that he had left-sided hearing loss and left cerebellar ataxia. Magnetic resonance imaging and computerized tomography angiography showed a mass with calcification in the left cerebellopontine angle (CPA). T...

  14. Vestibular schwannoma: 825 cases from a 25-year experience

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    Bento, Ricardo Ferreira; Pinna, Mariana Hausen; Brito Neto, Rubens Vuono de

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    Introduction: Acoustic nerve tumors have been recognized as a clinico-pathologic entity for at least 200 years, and they represent 90% of cerebellopontine angle diseases. Histologically, the tumors are derived from Schwann cells of the myelin sheath, with smaller tumors consisting of elongated palisade cells, while in large tumors, cystic degeneration can be found in the central areas, possibly due to deficient vascularization. We retrospectively reviewed 825 cases of vestibular schwannomas, ...

  15. Socio-demographic distribution of vestibular schwannomas in Denmark

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    Stepanidis, Karen; Kessel, Marie; Caye-Thomasen, Per; Stangerup, Sven-Eric

    2014-01-01

    CONCLUSION: Vestibular schwannomas (VSs) are diagnosed less frequently in the remote parts of Denmark, whereas the diagnostic age and tumor size is the same across the different socio-demographic areas of Denmark. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether VSs are diagnosed equally often in different socio-demographic areas of Denmark and whether a change has occurred during the period 1976-2012. In addition, differences in diagnostic age and tumor size between areas were explored. METHODS: Since 1976, all...

  16. Association between vestibular schwannomas and mobile phone use

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    Moon, In Seok; Kim, Bo Gyung; Kim, Jinna; Lee, Jong Dae; Lee, Won-Sang

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    Vestibular schwannomas (VSs) grow in the region where the energy from mobile phone use is absorbed. We examined the associations of VSs with mobile phone use. This study included 119 patients who had undergone surgical tumor removal. We used two approaches in this investigation. First, a case–control study for the association of mobile phone use and incidence of VSs was conducted. Both cases and controls were investigated with questions based on INTERPHONE guidelines. Amount of mobile phone u...

  17. Survival of chronically-injured neurons can be prolonged by treatment with neurotrophic factors.

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    Houle, J D; Ye, J H

    1999-01-01

    Axonal regeneration by chronically-injured supraspinal neurons can be enhanced by neurotrophic factor treatment at the site of injury, although the number of regenerating neurons decreases as the interval between spinal cord injury and treatment increases. This study investigated whether this decline in regenerative response could be due to continued loss of neurons during the post-injury period. Adult rats received a cervical hemisection lesion and axotomized neurons were labeled by retrograde transport of True Blue from the lesion site. Animals were killed one, four or eight weeks after injury and surviving neurons (True Blue-labeled) were counted in the red nucleus and lateral vestibular nucleus. The neuron number in the lateral vestibular nucleus was stable for eight weeks after spinal cord injury, while survival in the red nucleus decreased by 25% between four and eight weeks. To test how neurons respond to a second injury with or without trophic factor treatment, at four, eight, 14 or 22 weeks after injury the lesion cavity was enlarged by 0.5 mm in a rostral direction. Gel foam saturated with ciliary neurotrophic factor, brain-derived neurotrophic factor or basic fibroblast growth factor was placed into the cavity. Animals were killed four weeks later. Re-injury of the spinal cord caused a significant decrease in neuron survival in both the red nucleus and lateral vestibular nucleus, the effects of which were lessened by treatment with ciliary neurotrophic factor or brain-derived neurotrophic factor for the red nucleus and with ciliary neurotrophic factor for the lateral vestibular nucleus, when re-injured at four or eight weeks. Basic fibroblast growth factor did not affect neuron survival at any time post-injury. Ciliary neurotrophic factor was not effective with longer delays (14 or 22 weeks) between the initial injury and re-injury. These results indicate a delayed pattern of secondary neuronal cell loss after spinal cord injury that is exaggerated by re-injury, but which can be ameliorated by treatment with neurotrophic factors. PMID:10579585

  18. Regional differences in lectin binding patterns of vestibular hair cells

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    Baird, R. A.; Schuff, N. R.; Bancroft, J.

    1993-01-01

    Surface glycoconjugates of hair cells and supporting cells in the vestibular endorgans of the bullfrog were identified using biotinylated lectins with different carbohydrate specificities. Lectin binding in hair cells was consistent with the presence of glucose and mannose (CON A), galactose (RCA-I), N-acetylglucosamine (WGA), N-acetylgalactosamine (VVA), but not fucose (UEA-I) residues. Hair cells in the bullfrog sacculus, unlike those in the utriculus and semicircular canals, did not strain for N-acetylglucosamine (WGA) or N-acetylgalactosamine (VVA). By contrast, WGA and, to a lesser extent, VVA, differentially stained utricular and semicircular canal hair cells, labeling hair cells located in peripheral, but not central, regions. In mammals, WGA uniformly labeled Type I hair cells while labeling, as in the bullfrog, Type II hair cells only in peripheral regions. These regional variations were retained after enzymatic digestion. We conclude that vestibular hair cells differ in their surface glycoconjugates and that differences in lectin binding patterns can be used to identify hair cell types and to infer the epithelial origin of isolated vestibular hair cells.

  19. Regional differences in lectin binding patterns of vestibular hair cells

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    Baird, Richard A.; Schuff, N. R.; Bancroft, J.

    1994-01-01

    Surface glycoconjugates of hair cells and supporting cells in the vestibular endorgans of the bullfrog were identified using biotinylated lectins with different carbohydrate specificities. Lectin binding in hair cells was consistent with the presence of glucose and mannose (CON A), galactose (RCA-I), N-acetylgalactosamine (VVA), but not fucose (UEA-I) residues. Hair cells in the bullfrog sacculus, unlike those in the utriculus and semicircular canals, did not stain for N-acetylglucosamine (WGA) or N-acetylgalactosamine (VVA). By contrast, WGA and, to a lesser extent, VVA, differentially stained utricular and semicircular canal hair cells, labeling hair cells located in peripheral, but not central, regions. In mammals, WGA uniformly labeled Type 1 hair cells while labeling, as in the bullfrog, Type 2 hair cells only in peripheral regions. These regional variations were retained after enzymatic digestion. We conclude that vestibular hair cells differ in their surface glycoconjugates and that differences in lectin binding patterns can be used to identify hair cell types and to infer the epithelial origin of isolated vestibular hair cells.

  20. Desempenho no vestibular, background familiar e evasão: evidências da UFPE

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    Breno, Sampaio; Yony, Sampaio; Euler P. G. de, Mello; Andrea S, Melo.

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    Full Text Available Este artigo tem como objetivo compreender a decisão de evasão de estudantes universitários, assunto ainda pouco entendido no Brasil. Ênfase é dada à relação entre renda, desempenho no vestibular, evasão e a probabilidade de tentar nova carreira em novo vestibular. Atenção também é dada ao efeito esc [...] ola pública e cursinho pré-vestibular. Os resultados mostram que renda tem papel fundamental não só por proporcionar aos mais ricos melhores condições de estudo (escolas privadas, cursinhos), mas também por possibilitar ao aluno maior oportunidade de escolha da carreira que melhor se adeque as suas aptidões, favorecendo assim a permanência da desigualdade. Abstract in english The main objective of this paper is to understand university students' dropout decision, which is an area still not well studied in Brazil. Particular atention is given to the relationship between income, performance, dropout and the decision to re-take the exam in an attempt to switch careers. The [...] effect of public schools and tutoring classes are also estimated. Results show that income not only provide the students with a better study environment (through private schools and tutoring classes) but also allow for the posibility of trying different careers until a better student-career match is made, favoring the persistence of inequality.

  1. Purchase decision-making is modulated by vestibular stimulation

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    Nora Preuss

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Purchases are driven by consumers’ product preferences and price considerations. Using caloric vestibular stimulation (CVS, we investigated the role of vestibular-affective circuits in purchase decision-making. CVS is an effective non-invasive brain stimulation method, which activates vestibular and overlapping emotional circuits (e.g. the insular cortex and the anterior cingulate cortex. Subjects were exposed to CVS and sham stimulation while they performed two purchase decision-making tasks. In Experiment 1 subjects had to decide whether to purchase or not. CVS significantly reduced probability of buying a product. In Experiment 2 subjects had to rate desirability of the products and willingness to pay while they were exposed to CVS and sham stimulation. CVS modulated desirability of the products but not willingness to pay. The results suggest that CVS interfered with emotional circuits and thus attenuated the pleasant and rewarding effect of acquisition, which in turn reduced purchase probability. The present findings contribute to the rapidly growing literature on the neural basis of purchase decision-making.

  2. Purchase decision-making is modulated by vestibular stimulation.

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    Preuss, Nora; Mast, Fred W; Hasler, Gregor

    2014-01-01

    Purchases are driven by consumers' product preferences and price considerations. Using caloric vestibular stimulation (CVS), we investigated the role of vestibular-affective circuits in purchase decision-making. CVS is an effective noninvasive brain stimulation method, which activates vestibular and overlapping emotional circuits (e.g., the insular cortex and the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC)). Subjects were exposed to CVS and sham stimulation while they performed two purchase decision-making tasks. In Experiment 1 subjects had to decide whether to purchase or not. CVS significantly reduced probability of buying a product. In Experiment 2 subjects had to rate desirability of the products and willingness to pay (WTP) while they were exposed to CVS and sham stimulation. CVS modulated desirability of the products but not WTP. The results suggest that CVS interfered with emotional circuits and thus attenuated the pleasant and rewarding effect of acquisition, which in turn reduced purchase probability. The present findings contribute to the rapidly growing literature on the neural basis of purchase decision-making. PMID:24600365

  3. Vestibular Migraine in a Female With Unexpected Pregnancy

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    Full Text Available Introduction In the first three months of pregnancy, 23.8% of females experience migraines, and 63.6% have episodes of dizziness, with the most frequent symptom being (35.7% vertigo. Therefore, vestibular migraine is expected to occur in pregnant women, yet studies in this regard are limited in the literature. We studied such a case in order to determine the safest treatment for patients with possible pregnancy. Case Presentation The studied case was a 37-year-old female, who had a history of migraines. She had had vestibular migraines eight times since she was 29 years old. During the second attack, she had been conservatively treated with several anti-vertigo and anti-emetic medications. Because her menses was a little out of schedule, she receive pregnancy test, and to our surprise, the test showed positive results. Afterwards, she was transferred to an obstetric hospital for prenatal examinations and had follow-ups for ten months. Eight months after delivery, the third vestibular migraine occurred. Because of lactation, she did not take any medications; vertigo continued for half a day, and dizziness remitted over the following two days. Conclusions Pregnancy is expected to occur together with vertigo in females of the childbearing age, even if they have been diagnosed with sterility. Any anti-vertiginous medication with teratogenic risk should be avoided if pregnancy is not completely excluded, antihistamine diphenhydramine (FDA class B are recommended first for symptomatic control.

  4. [Mirror neurons].

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    Rubia Vila, Francisco José

    2011-01-01

    Mirror neurons were recently discovered in frontal brain areas of the monkey. They are activated when the animal makes a specific movement, but also when the animal observes the same movement in another animal. Some of them also respond to the emotional expression of other animals of the same species. These mirror neurons have also been found in humans. They respond to or "reflect" actions of other individuals in the brain and are thought to represent the basis for imitation and empathy and hence the neurobiological substrate for "theory of mind", the potential origin of language and the so-called moral instinct. PMID:23350333

  5. Potencial evocado miogênico vestibular: novas perspectivas diagnósticas em esclerose múltipla Vestibular evoked myogenic potential: new perspectives in multiple sclerosis

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    Renata Chade Aidar

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar o potencial evocado miogênico vestibular em pacientes com esclerose múltipla, como método de auxílio diagnóstico. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Caso-controle. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Estudamos um grupo-controle (n=15 de indivíduos normais e um grupo experimental (n=15 que foi composto por pacientes com diagnóstico de esclerose múltipla. Ambos os grupos foram submetidos ao exame de potencial evocado miogênico vestibular. Em cada orelha foram aplicados 200 estímulos na forma de cliques e repetidos por 2 ciclos consecutivos com objetivo de avaliar a reprodutibilidade. Os eletrodos ativos de superfície foram colocados no S‡superior do músculo esternocleidomastoideo e de referência na borda anterior da clavícula ipsilateral. Os indivíduos foram instruídos à rotação lateral da cabeça em direção contralateral à orelha estimulada. RESULTADOS: Obtivemos no potencial evocado miogênico vestibular respostas rápidas, reprodutíveis e bifásicas. A latência das ondas P1 e N2 e amplitude P1-N2 apresentaram um maior valor no grupo experimental quando comparada com o grupo-controle. Não observamos diferença significativa nas respostas das ondas P1 e N2 e amplitude P1-N2 quando comparamos as orelhas. Verificamos que os indivíduos com esclerose múltipla apresentaram ausência de respostas em 30% dos casos. Ao avaliarmos os indivíduos do grupo experimental com sintomas otoneurológicos e compararmos com os pacientes sem sintomas, observamos que a latência da onda P1, N2 e amplitude P1-N2 estiveram maiores nos casos sintomáticos. CONCLUSÃO: O potencial evocado miogênico vestibular foi considerado um bom método de auxílio diagnóstico da via vestíbulo-espinal nos casos de esclerose múltipla.AIM: To evaluate vestibular evoked myogenic potentials in patients with multiple sclerosis as method of diagnostic support. STUDY DESIGN: Case-control. MATERIAL AND METHOD: We studied a group of normal individuals (n=15 and a Studied group (n=15 that comprised patients with diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Both groups were submitted to vestibular evoked myogenic potential exam. In each ear it was applied 200 stimuli by clicks and repeated for 2 consecutive cycles with the purpose of evaluating reproducibility. The active electrode of surface was put on the superior S‡of sternocleidomastoid muscle and the reference electrode on the anterior border of the clavicle. The individuals were instructed to rotate theirs head to the opposite side to the stimulated ear. RESULTS: Vestibular evoked myogenic potential responses were prompt, reproducible and biphasic. The latency of wave P1 and N2 and P1-N2 amplitude showed a higher value in the studied group when compared with the normal group. There was no significant difference when the ears were compared in P1 and N2 amplitude. We noticed that individuals with multiple sclerosis showed no response in 30% of the cases. In evaluating the individuals of the Studied group with otoneurology symptoms and compared with individuals without symptoms, it was observed that P1 and N2 latencies and P1-N2 amplitude were higher in symptomatic cases. CONCLUSION: Vestibular evoked myogenic potential was considered a good method of diagnostic support of vestibulospinal tract in cases of multiple sclerosis.

  6. Potencial evocado miogênico vestibular: novas perspectivas diagnósticas em esclerose múltipla / Vestibular evoked myogenic potential: new perspectives in multiple sclerosis

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    Renata Chade, Aidar; Fábio A., Suzuki.

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar o potencial evocado miogênico vestibular em pacientes com esclerose múltipla, como método de auxílio diagnóstico. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Caso-controle. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Estudamos um grupo-controle (n=15) de indivíduos normais e um grupo experimental (n=15) que foi composto por paciente [...] s com diagnóstico de esclerose múltipla. Ambos os grupos foram submetidos ao exame de potencial evocado miogênico vestibular. Em cada orelha foram aplicados 200 estímulos na forma de cliques e repetidos por 2 ciclos consecutivos com objetivo de avaliar a reprodutibilidade. Os eletrodos ativos de superfície foram colocados no S‡superior do músculo esternocleidomastoideo e de referência na borda anterior da clavícula ipsilateral. Os indivíduos foram instruídos à rotação lateral da cabeça em direção contralateral à orelha estimulada. RESULTADOS: Obtivemos no potencial evocado miogênico vestibular respostas rápidas, reprodutíveis e bifásicas. A latência das ondas P1 e N2 e amplitude P1-N2 apresentaram um maior valor no grupo experimental quando comparada com o grupo-controle. Não observamos diferença significativa nas respostas das ondas P1 e N2 e amplitude P1-N2 quando comparamos as orelhas. Verificamos que os indivíduos com esclerose múltipla apresentaram ausência de respostas em 30% dos casos. Ao avaliarmos os indivíduos do grupo experimental com sintomas otoneurológicos e compararmos com os pacientes sem sintomas, observamos que a latência da onda P1, N2 e amplitude P1-N2 estiveram maiores nos casos sintomáticos. CONCLUSÃO: O potencial evocado miogênico vestibular foi considerado um bom método de auxílio diagnóstico da via vestíbulo-espinal nos casos de esclerose múltipla. Abstract in english AIM: To evaluate vestibular evoked myogenic potentials in patients with multiple sclerosis as method of diagnostic support. STUDY DESIGN: Case-control. MATERIAL AND METHOD: We studied a group of normal individuals (n=15) and a Studied group (n=15) that comprised patients with diagnosis of multiple s [...] clerosis. Both groups were submitted to vestibular evoked myogenic potential exam. In each ear it was applied 200 stimuli by clicks and repeated for 2 consecutive cycles with the purpose of evaluating reproducibility. The active electrode of surface was put on the superior S‡of sternocleidomastoid muscle and the reference electrode on the anterior border of the clavicle. The individuals were instructed to rotate theirs head to the opposite side to the stimulated ear. RESULTS: Vestibular evoked myogenic potential responses were prompt, reproducible and biphasic. The latency of wave P1 and N2 and P1-N2 amplitude showed a higher value in the studied group when compared with the normal group. There was no significant difference when the ears were compared in P1 and N2 amplitude. We noticed that individuals with multiple sclerosis showed no response in 30% of the cases. In evaluating the individuals of the Studied group with otoneurology symptoms and compared with individuals without symptoms, it was observed that P1 and N2 latencies and P1-N2 amplitude were higher in symptomatic cases. CONCLUSION: Vestibular evoked myogenic potential was considered a good method of diagnostic support of vestibulospinal tract in cases of multiple sclerosis.

  7. [Interdisciplinary approach to vestibular system impairment].

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    Pongrácz, Endre

    2011-03-30

    In the first part of this review the definition of vertigo/dizziness was discussed. The major difference between the two signs is the existence of the direction, which is specific for vertigo. Dizziness is a frequent complaint in the clinical practice. Its frequency is increasing with advance of age, to intimate the play of declining cognitive process in the pathogenesis of its. The popular health significance of vertigo is in the rowing number of the patients. The onset of the most cases with acute vertigo appears between secundums and minutes so the patients will be provided in circumstances of emergency department. First of all three form should be take into account: neuronitis vestibularis, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and Meniere syndrome. Without typical periferal signs of vertigo, central cause should be searched, principally stroke (lysis possibility). The differential diagnose of the different dizziness/vertigo forms according to the elapsed time of the onset or congenital and acquired nystagmus was created in tables. The recommendations of the therapy of acute and chronic dizziness/vertigo syndromes are, lack of results of evidence based trials doubtful. The more often used drugs based on clinical trials are discussed as vinpocetine, betahistine and piracetam. The in vitro and in vivo data suggest that the last molecule is eligible to use both in periferal and central type of vertigo syndromes. PMID:21545007

  8. Improving balance function using vestibular stochastic resonance: optimizing stimulus characteristics.

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    Mulavara, Ajitkumar P; Fiedler, Matthew J; Kofman, Igor S; Wood, Scott J; Serrador, Jorge M; Peters, Brian; Cohen, Helen S; Reschke, Millard F; Bloomberg, Jacob J

    2011-04-01

    Stochastic resonance (SR) is a phenomenon whereby the response of a non-linear system to a weak periodic input signal is optimized by the presence of a particular non-zero level of noise. Stochastic resonance using imperceptible stochastic vestibular electrical stimulation, when applied to normal young and elderly subjects, has been shown to significantly improve ocular stabilization reflexes in response to whole-body tilt; improved balance performance during postural disturbances and optimize covariance between the weak input periodic signals introduced via venous blood pressure receptors and the heart rate responses. In our study, 15 subjects stood on a compliant surface with their eyes closed. They were given low-amplitude binaural bipolar stochastic electrical stimulation of the vestibular organs in two frequency ranges of 1-2 and 0-30 Hz over the amplitude range of 0 to ±700 ?A. Subjects were instructed to maintain an upright stance during 43-s trials, which consisted of baseline (zero amplitude) and stimulation (non-zero amplitude) periods. Measures of stability of the head and trunk using inertial motion unit sensors attached to these segments and the whole body using a force plate were measured and quantified in the mediolateral plane. Using a multivariate optimization criterion, our results show that the low levels of vestibular stimulation given to the vestibular organs improved balance performance in normal healthy subjects in the range of 5-26% consistent with the stochastic resonance phenomenon. In our study, 8 of 15 and 10 of 15 subjects were responsive for the 1-2- and 0-30-Hz stimulus signals, respectively. The improvement in balance performance did not differ significantly between the stimulations in the two frequency ranges. The amplitude of optimal stimulus for improving balance performance was predominantly in the range of ±100 to ±400 ?A. A device based on SR stimulation of the vestibular system might be useful as either a training modality to enhance adaptability or skill acquisition, or as a miniature patch-type stimulator that may be worn by people with disabilities due to aging or disease to improve posture and locomotion function. PMID:21442221

  9. Glutamic acid decarboxylase 67 expression by a distinct population of mouse vestibular supporting cells

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    Giancarlo Russo

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The function of the enzyme glutamate decarboxylase (GAD is to convert glutamate in -aminobutyric acid (GABA.GAD exists as two major isoforms, termed GAD65 and GAD67,.that are usually expressed in GABA-containing neurons in the central nervous system. GAD65 has been proposed to be associated with GABA exocytosis whereas GAD67 with GABA metabolism. In the present immunofluorescence study, we have investigated the presence of the two GAD isoforms in the semicircular canal cristae of wild type and GAD67-GFP knock-in mice. While no evidence for GAD65 expression was found, GAD67 was detected in a distinct population of peripherally-located supporting cells, but not in hair cells or in centrally-located supporting cells. GABA, on the other hand, was found in all supporting cells. The present result indicate that only a discrete population of supporting cells use GAD67 to synthesize GABA. This is the first report of a marker that allows to distinguish two populations of supporting cells in the vestibular epithelium. On the other hand, the lack of GABA and GAD enzymes in hair cells excludes its involvement in afferent transmission.

  10. Multiple intracranial lipomas, hypogenetic corpus callosum and vestibular schwannoma: an unusual spectrum of MR findings in a patient.

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    Shah J; Srinivasa P; Gala B; Patkar D; Patankar T; Kale H

    1999-01-01

    We describe imaging findings of a patient with multiple intracranial lipomas, hypogenetic corpus callosum and a vestibular schwannoma. We did not find association of intracranial lipomas and vestibular schwannoma in English literature.

  11. Multiple intracranial lipomas, hypogenetic corpus callosum and vestibular schwannoma: an unusual spectrum of MR findings in a patient.

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    Shah J

    1999-04-01

    Full Text Available We describe imaging findings of a patient with multiple intracranial lipomas, hypogenetic corpus callosum and a vestibular schwannoma. We did not find association of intracranial lipomas and vestibular schwannoma in English literature.

  12. Pre-adaptation to noisy Galvanic vestibular stimulation is associated with enhanced sensorimotor performance in novel vestibular environments

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    Steven T Moore

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Performance on a visuomotor task in the presence of novel vestibular stimulation was assessed in nine healthy subjects. Four subjects had previously been adapted to 120 minutes exposure to noisy Galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS over 12 weekly sessions of 10 minutes; the remaining five subjects had never experienced GVS. Subjects were seated in a flight simulator and asked to null the roll motion of a visual bar presented on a screen using a joystick. Both the visual bar and the simulator cabin were moving in roll with a pseudorandom (sum of sines waveform that were uncorrelated. The cross correlation coefficient, which ranges from 1 (identical waveforms to 0 (unrelated waveforms, was calculated for the ideal (perfect nulling of bar motion and actual joystick input waveform for each subject. The cross correlation coefficient for the GVS-adapted group (0.90 [SD 0.04] was significantly higher (t[8]=3.162; p=0.013 than the control group (0.82 [SD 0.04], suggesting that prior adaptation to GVS was associated with an enhanced ability to perform the visuomotor task in the presence of novel vestibular noise.

  13. Reabilitação vestibular em pacientes idosos portadores de vertigem posicional paroxística benigna / Vestibular rehabilitation in elderly patients with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

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    Carolina R., Resende; Carlos K., Taguchi; Juliane G. de, Almeida; Reginaldo R., Fujita.

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available A Vertigem Posicional Paroxística Benigna (VPPB) é um distúrbio vestibular no qual os pacientes relatam breves momentos de vertigem e/ou leve instabilidade postural, ocasionados por uma mudança brusca na movimentação cefálica ou corporal. OBJETIVO: Verificar o benefício da reabilitação vestibular, r [...] ealizada em grupo, em pacientes idosos portadores de VPPB. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Clínico prospectivo. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Foram selecionados aleatoriamente 16 pacientes portadores de VPPB, todos medicados com extrato de Gingko-biloba (40mg de 12/12h) durante 30 dias. Oito deles, que formaram o Grupo Experimental, além do medicamento, foram submetidos à reabilitação vestibular e oito compuseram o Grupo Controle que não realizaram nenhum tipo de exercício. Para avaliação do benefício aplicamos a Escala de Atividades de Vida Diária e Desordens Vestibulares proposta por Cohen e Kimball. Para a análise estatística utilizamos o teste t-student. CONCLUSÃO: Nossos resultados apontaram benefício promovido pela reabilitação vestibular em grupo no tratamento de idosos portadores de VPPB; a avaliação qualitativa mostrou-se instrumento importante para a avaliação de benefício para o tratamento proposto; e a reabilitação vestibular em grupo mostrou ser uma excelente estratégia terapêutica. Abstract in english The Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a vestibular disorder where the patients complain brief moments of vertigo and/or present postural instability, caused by a brusque change in the cephalic or body movement. AIM: The objective of the present study is certificate the benefit of the ve [...] stibular rehabilitation in elderly people with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. STUDY DESIGN: Clinical prospective. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Sixteen patients with BPPV were thread with extract of Ginkgo-biloba (40mg of 12/12h) during 30 days. Eight patients (the Experimental Group) were submitted to vestibular rehabilitation and the other called Control Group, didn't perform any kind of exercises. In order to perform the evaluation of the benefit we used the Scale of Activity of Daily Life and Vestibular Disorders by Kohen and Kimball, and used the t-student test to statistical analysis. CONCLUSION: The vestibular rehabilitation in group showed benefit in the treatment in the Experimental Group; the Scale of Activity of Daily Life and Vestibular Disorders, was an important tool for the qualitative evaluation in our rehabilitation proposal and the vestibular rehabilitation in group showed as an excellent therapeutic strategy.

  14. Valor clínico dos nistagmos posicional e de posicionamento no diagnóstico vestibular de idosos / Clinical features of the positional nystagmus and the positioning nystagmus on vestibular diagnosis in elderly

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    Carlos Kazuo, Taguchi; Lucas Vieira, Alves; Rafael Oliveira, Gois; Priscila Feliciano, Oliveira.

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: estudar a importância da pesquisa do nistagmo posicional e de posicionamento na avaliação vestibular em idosos. MÉTODO: estudo retrospectivo e descritivo. Foram analisados 70 prontuários de pacientes com idade superior a 60 anos submetidos à avaliação vestibular, divididos em dois grupos: [...] grupo A composto por 35 prontuários com resultados da avaliação do nistagmo posicional e diagnóstico vestibular e grupo B composto por 35 prontuários com resultados da avaliação do nistagmo de posicionamento e diagnóstico vestibular. RESULTADOS: a pesquisa do nistagmo de posição destacou uma parcela significante de disfunção vestibular periférica no Grupo A e a pesquisa do nistagmo de posicionamento um número expressivo de vertigem posicional no Grupo B, que, ainda, apresentou prevalência de resultados normais. Não foram encontradas diferenças significantes entre os dois grupos para as variáveis, gênero e idade. CONCLUSÃO: a pesquisa do nistagmo de posição auxiliou na identificação de alterações vestibulares periféricas e a de posicionamento identificou a vertigem posicional, revelando que a introdução deste último parâmetro de avaliação foi positiva, porém não substitui o a pesquisa do nistagmo de posição. Abstract in english PURPOSE: to study the importance of positional nystagmus and positioning in vestibular assessment in the elderly. METHOD: retrospective descriptive study. It was analyzed evaluation charts of 70 patients aged over 60 years submitted of vestibular assessment. These charts were divided into two groups [...] : group A composed of 35 charts with evaluation results of the positional nystagmus and vestibular diagnosis and group B with 35 charts with the results of the evaluation positional nystagmus and vestibular diagnosis. RESULTS: nystagmus position highlighted a significant number of peripheral vestibular dysfunction in Group A and nystagmus positioning a large number of positional vertigo in Group B, in which, also, was founded a prevalence of normal results. No significant differences it was found between the two groups for the variables, gender and age. CONCLUSION: the nystagmus position test allowed identifying peripheral vestibular disorders and positioning nystagmus to identify positional vertigo, pointing that the introduction of the latter test was useful but not replace the nystagmus position evaluation.

  15. [Preprosthetic surgery of the edentulous maxilla: vestibular deepening with the aid of the CO2 laser].

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    Mahler, P; Pouyssegur, V; Rocca, J-P; De Moor, R; Nammour, S

    2009-01-01

    Vestibular deepening for maxillary edentulous patients is mainly indicated once instability cannot be reached due to important bone resorption. Vestibular deepening with CO2 super-pulsed laser enhance, in a bloodless environment, sustentation as well retention of those full dentures in good operative conditions as compared with conventional techniques. PMID:19994545

  16. Spontaneous tumour shrinkage in 1261 observed patients with sporadic vestibular schwannoma

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    Huang, Xiaoshan; Caye-Thomasen, P; Stangerup, S-E

    2013-01-01

    To determine the rate of spontaneous tumour shrinkage in a group of patients with sporadic vestibular schwannoma managed with a 'wait and scan' approach.......To determine the rate of spontaneous tumour shrinkage in a group of patients with sporadic vestibular schwannoma managed with a 'wait and scan' approach....

  17. 7-Tesla MRI demonstrates absence of structural lesions in patients with vestibular paroxysmia

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    Paulus Stefan Rommer

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Vestibular parxoysmia is rare vestibular disorder. A neurovascular cross-compression between the vestibulochochlear nerve and an artery seems to be responsible for short attacks of vertigo in this entity. A neurovascular cross-compression can be seen in up to every fourth subject. The significance of these findings is not clear, as not all subjects suffer from symptoms. The aim of the present study was to assess possible structural lesions of the vestibulocochlear nerve by means of high field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, and whether high field MRI may help to differentiate symptomatic from asymptomatic patients. 7 Tesla MRI was performed in six patients with vestibular paroxysmia and confirmed neurovascular cross-compression seen on 1.5 and 3.0 MRI. No structural abnormalities were detected in any of the patients in 7 Tesla MRI. These findings imply that high field MRI does not help to differentiate between symptomatic and asymptomatic neurovascular cross-compression and that the symptoms of vestibular paroxysmia are not caused by structural nerve lesions. This supports the hypothesis that the nystagmus associated with vestibular paroxysmia has to be conceived pathophysiologically as an excitatory vestibular phenomenon, being not related to vestibular hypofunction. 7 Tesla MRI outperforms conventional MRI in image resolution and may be useful in vestibular disorders.

  18. Sympathetic Arousal to a Vestibular Stressor in High and Low Hostile Men

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    Carmona, Joseph E.; Holland, Alissa K.; Stratton, Harrison J.; Harrison, David W.

    2008-01-01

    The aim of the present experiment was to extend the literature on hostility and a cerebral systems based model of sympathetic arousal to a vestibular-based stress. Several authors have concluded that autonomic stress reactivity in high hostile individuals must be interpersonally based, whereas healthy vestibular system functioning does not depend…

  19. The vestibular system: A spatial reference for bodily self-consciousness

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    Christian Pfeiffer

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Self-consciousness is the remarkable human experience of being a subject: the ‘I’. Self-consciousness is typically bound to a body, and particularly to the spatial dimensions of the body, as well as to its location and displacement in the gravitational field. Because the vestibular system codes head position in three-dimensional space, vestibular cortex is likely to contribute to spatial aspects of bodily self-consciousness. We review here recent data showing vestibular effects on first-person perspective (the feeling from where ‘I’ experience the world and self-location (the feeling where ‘I’ am located in space. We compare these findings to data showing vestibular effects on mental spatial transformation, self-motion perception, and body representation that show that vestibular signals contribute to various spatial representations of the body with respect to the external world. Finally, we discuss four posterior brain regions that process vestibular and other multisensory signals to encode spatial aspects of bodily self-consciousness: temporoparietal junction (TPJ, parietoinsular vestibular cortex (PIVC, medial superior temporal region (MST, and ventral intraparietal region (VIP. We propose that vestibular processing in these cortical regions is important for linking multisensory signals from within personal space with those from extrapersonal space, and for spatial aspects of bodily self-consciousness.

  20. Concurrent Vestibular Schwannoma and Meningioma Mimicking a Single Cerebellopontine Angle Tumor

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    Kutz, Joe Walter; Barnett, Samuel L.; Hatanpaa, Kimmo J.; Mendelsohn, Dianne B.

    2009-01-01

    Vestibular schwannomas account for ~;80% of cerebellopontine angle (CPA) tumors, with meningiomas being the second most common tumor of the CPA. The occurrence of both a schwannoma and a meningioma in the cerebellopontine angle is rare. After obtaining Institutional Review Board approval, we present a case of a concurrent vestibular schwannoma and meningioma in the CPA mimicking a single tumor.

  1. The Effect of Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation on Postural Response of Down Syndrome Individuals on the Seesaw

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    Carvalho, R. L.; Almeida, G. L.

    2011-01-01

    In order to better understand the role of the vestibular system in postural adjustments on unstable surfaces, we analyzed the effects of galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) on the pattern of muscle activity and joint displacements (ankle knee and hip) of eight intellectually normal participants (control group--CG) and eight control group…

  2. Função cócleo-vestibular após hemisferectomias cerebrais: apresentação de dois casos

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    Sérgio Paula Santos

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    Full Text Available O exame cócleo-vestibular de dois pacientes hemisferectomizados mostrou: hipoacusia bilateral não ultrapassando 30 db, sendo maior no ouvido contralateral; não houve recrutamento de volume; desproporção entre audiometria vocal e tonal; a função vestibular não se mostrou prejudicada pela prova calórica fria.

  3. The effects of stochastic galvanic vestibular stimulation on human postural sway.

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    Pavlik, A E; Inglis, J T; Lauk, M; Oddsson, L; Collins, J J

    1999-02-01

    Galvanic vestibular stimulation serves to modulate the continuous firing level of the peripheral vestibular afferents. It has been shown that the application of sinusoidally varying, bipolar galvanic currents to the vestibular system can lead to sinusoidally varying postural sway. Our objective was to test the hypothesis that stochastic galvanic vestibular stimulation can lead to coherent stochastic postural sway. Bipolar binaural stochastic galvanic vestibular stimulation was applied to nine healthy young subjects. Three different stochastic vestibular stimulation signals, each with a different frequency content (0-1 Hz, 1-2 Hz, and 0-2 Hz), were used. The stimulation level (range 0.4-1.5 mA, peak to peak) was determined on an individual basis. Twenty 60-s trials were conducted on each subject - 15 stimulation trials (5 trials with each stimulation signal) and 5 control (no stimulation) trials. During the trials, subjects stood in a relaxed, upright position with their head facing forward. Postural sway was evaluated by using a force platform to measure the displacements of the center of pressure (COP) under each subject's feet. Cross-spectral measures were used to quantify the relationship between the applied stimulus and the resulting COP time series. We found significant coherency between the stochastic vestibular stimulation signal and the resulting mediolateral COP time series in the majority of trials in 8 of the 9 subjects tested. The coherency results for each stimulation signal were reproducible from trial to trial, and the highest degree of coherency was found for the 1- to 2-Hz stochastic vestibular stimulation signal. In general, for the nine subjects tested, we did not find consistent significant coherency between the stochastic vestibular stimulation signals and the anteroposterior COP time series. This work demonstrates that, in subjects who are facing forward, bipolar binaural stochastic galvanic stimulation of the vestibular system leads to coherent stochastic mediolateral postural sway, but it does not lead to coherent stochastic anteroposterior postural sway. Our finding that the coherency was highest for the 1- to 2-Hz stochastic vestibular stimulation signal may be due to the intrinsic dynamics of the quasi-static postural control system. In particular, it may result from the effects of the vestibular stimulus simply being superimposed upon the quiet-standing COP displacements. By utilizing stochastic stimulation signals, we ensured that the subjects could not predict a change in the vestibular stimulus. Thus, our findings indicate that subjects can act as "responders" to galvanic vestibular stimulation. PMID:9989432

  4. Changes in clinical and instrumental vestibular parameters following acute exposition to auditory stress.

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    Cassandro, E; Chiarella, G; Catalano, M; Gallo, L V; Marcelli, V; Nicastri, M; Petrolo, C

    2003-08-01

    Besides Tullio's phenomenon, resulting from anatomic changes in the labyrinth, a hypersensitivity to acoustic stimuli of the saccular structures appears to be the underlying cause of the vestibular responses detected in some patients. In order to evaluate the incidence of vestibular symptoms triggered by acute exposure to auditory stress (disco music), 40 subjects aged between 18 and 26 years, with no audiological and vestibular disorders, were submitted to otoneurologic tests. Subjects were exposed to disco music [intensity 128 dB (C)], for 3 hours. Tests have been carried out before and immediately after exposure. Canalar and macular functions have been evaluated using vestibular investigation techniques and vestibular evoked myogenic potentials. When compared to baseline data, post-exposure test results did not reveal any canalar damage. Pre- and post-exposure recordings of the vestibular-oculomotor reflex threshold have shown no significant changes. Conversely, post-stimulus recordings have shown a significant increase in the amplitude of the vestibular evoked myogenic potential response, thus indicating a possible irritative involvement of the macular receptor. This result suggests a direct action upon the receptor by acoustic stimulation which could, therefore, be the underlying cause of vestibular symptoms reported by patients following exposure to sufficiently intense acoustic stimuli. Prior to this study. a questionnaire concerning the relationship between habitual disco visiting and audio-vestibular symptoms has been completed by 310 students at the University of Catanzaro. This survey revealed a significant incidence of vestibular symptoms due to acoustic stress (Tullio's phenomenon) which led us to hypothesise that balance disorders due to auditory stress are much more frequent than commonly held, particularly since, in many cases, diagnoses is unknown or not easy due to the difficult procedures by which these conditions are diagnosed. PMID:15046413

  5. Yaw and pitch visual-vestibular interaction in weightlessness

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    Clement, G.; Wood, S. J.; Reschke, M. F.; Berthoz, A.; Igarashi, M.

    1999-01-01

    Both yaw and pitch visual-vestibular interactions at two separate frequencies of chair rotation (0.2 and 0.8 Hz) in combination with a single velocity of optokinetic stimulus (36 degrees/s) were used to investigate the effects of sustained weightlessness on neural strategies adopted by astronaut subjects to cope with the stimulus rearrangement of spaceflight. Pitch and yaw oscillation in darkness at 0.2 and 0.8 Hz without optokinetic stimulation, and constant velocity linear optokinetic stimulation at 18, 36, and 54 degrees/s presented relative to the head with the subject stationary, were used as controls for the visual-vestibular interactions. The results following 8 days of space flight showed no significant changes in: (1) either the horizontal and vertical vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) gain, phase, or bias; (2) the yaw visual-vestibular response (VVR); or (3) the horizontal or vertical optokinetic (OKN) slow phase velocity (SPV). However, significant changes were observed: (1) when during pitch VVR at 0.2 Hz late inflight, the contribution of the optokinetic input to the combined oculomotor response was smaller than during the stationary OKN SPV measurements, followed by an increased contribution during the immediate postflight testing; and (2) when during pitch VVR at 0.8 Hz, the component of the combined oculomotor response due to the underlying vertical VOR was more efficiently suppressed early inflight and less suppressed immediately postflight compared with preflight observations. The larger OKN response during pitch VVR at 0.2 Hz and the better suppression of VOR during pitch VVR at 0.8 Hz postflight are presumably due to the increased role of vision early inflight and immediately after spaceflight, as previously observed in various studies. These results suggest that the subjects adopted a neural strategy to structure their spatial orientation in weightlessness by reweighting visual, otolith, and perhaps tactile/somatic signals.

  6. Increasing annual incidence of vestibular schwannoma and age at diagnosis

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    Stangerup, Sven-Eric; Tos, Mirko; Caye-Thomasen, Per; Tos, Tina; Klokker, Mads; Thomsen, Jens

    2004-01-01

    During the last 26 years the annual number of diagnosed vestibular schwannomas (VS) has been increasing. The aim of this study is to describe and analyse this increase. Since 1976, 1446 new cases of VS have been diagnosed at the authors' centre. Special focus was on the age at diagnosis, the localization and the size of the tumour. The size of the tumour was registered as either intrameatal or with the largest extrameatal diameter. The annual number of diagnosed VS has increased from 26 in 1976 ...

  7. Alignment of angular velocity sensors for a vestibular prosthesis

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    DiGiovanna Jack

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Vestibular prosthetics transmit angular velocities to the nervous system via electrical stimulation. Head-fixed gyroscopes measure angular motion, but the gyroscope coordinate system will not be coincident with the sensory organs the prosthetic replaces. Here we show a simple calibration method to align gyroscope measurements with the anatomical coordinate system. We benchmarked the method with simulated movements and obtain proof-of-concept with one healthy subject. The method was robust to misalignment, required little data, and minimal processing.

  8. Indications of Gamma knife radiosurgery for vestibular schwannomas

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    The purpose of this study was to investigate the indication of gamma knife radiosurgery for vestibular schwannomas by analyzing tumor control and possible complications using low marginal doses and conformal multiple shots to fit irregular tumor shapes. The authors evaluated 223 patients with followed-up periods ranging from 5 years to 15 years (mean 7.7 years, median 7.4 years). Marginal doses were 9 to 15 Gy (mean 12.5 Gy, median 12 Gy) with corresponding treatment volumes being between 0.1 and 18.7 cm3 (mean 2.6 cm3, median 1.8 cm3). The number of isocenters varied from 2 to 24 shots (mean 9, median 9.2). The actuarial tumor control rates were 95% at 5 years and 94% at 7 years, respectively. Larger tumors (p=0.0068) and those in younger patients (p=0.093) tended to recur significantly. The preservation rates of useful hearing were 84%, 71%, and 64% at 2, 4, and 7 years, respectively. The most deterioration seemed to occur in cases with elderly patients (p=0.0048). Facial and trigeminal functions were preserved at 100%, and 97.8%, respectively. Amongst all patients, 20.6% developed transient dizziness, with persistent dizziness remaining in 1.5% of the total. Fifty-six other patients not in the long-term evaluation consecutively underwent caloric testing and static stabilometry as well as neurological examinations to evaluate vestibular function in detail, both before and after gamma knife radiosurgery (GKRS). The results showed that 90% of the patients had already developed vestibular dysfunction before the treatment despite reported symptoms of dizziness. GKRS did not significantly affect vestibular function. Hydrocephalus was recognized in 5.5% of all patients, and seemed to occur primarily in cases with larger tumors (p=0.0189). GKRS provides a safe and effective therapy for small to medium sized tumors up to 8 cm3. Long-term hearing preservation rate may be affected by presbycusis in elderly patients. (author)

  9. Vestibular-related neuroscience and manned space flight

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    Igarashi, Makoto

    1988-01-01

    The effects of weightlessness on the human vestibular system are examined, reviewing the results of recent investigations. The functional, neurophysiological, and neurochemical changes which occur during adaptation to weightlessness are discussed; theoretical models proposed to explain the underlying mechanism are outlined; and particular attention is given to the author's experiments on squirrel monkeys. There, good correlations were found between (1) the recovery of locomotor balance function in the acute compensation phase after unilateral labyrinthectomy and (2) the bilateral imbalance in the optical density of GABA-like immunoreactivity.

  10. Virtual labyrinth model of vestibular afferent excitation via implanted electrodes: validation and application to design of a multichannel vestibular prosthesis.

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    Hayden, Russell; Sawyer, Stacia; Frey, Eric; Mori, Susumu; Migliaccio, Americo A; Della Santina, Charles C

    2011-05-01

    To facilitate design of a multichannel vestibular prosthesis that can restore sensation to individuals with bilateral loss of vestibular hair cell function, we created a virtual labyrinth model. Model geometry was generated through 3-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of microMRI and microCT scans of normal chinchillas (Chinchilla lanigera) acquired with 30-48 ?m and 12 ?m voxels, respectively. Virtual electrodes were positioned based on anatomic landmarks, and the extracellular potential field during a current pulse was computed using finite element methods. Potential fields then served as inputs to stochastic, nonlinear dynamic models for each of 2,415 vestibular afferent axons with spiking dynamics based on a modified Smith and Goldberg model incorporating parameters that varied with fiber location in the neuroepithelium. Action potential propagation was implemented by a well validated model of myelinated fibers. We tested the model by comparing predicted and actual 3D angular vestibulo-ocular reflex (aVOR) axes of eye rotation elicited by prosthetic stimuli. Actual responses were measured using 3D video-oculography. The model was individualized for each animal by placing virtual electrodes based on microCT localization of real electrodes. 3D eye rotation axes were predicted from the relative proportion of model axons excited within each of the three ampullary nerves. Multiple features observed empirically were observed as emergent properties of the model, including effects of active and return electrode position, stimulus amplitude and pulse waveform shape on target fiber recruitment and stimulation selectivity. The modeling procedure is partially automated and can be readily adapted to other species, including humans. PMID:21380738

  11. Facial paralysis and vestibular syndrome in feedlot cattle in Argentina Paralisia facial e síndrome vestibular de bovinos em confinamento

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    Ernesto Odriozola

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports 6 outbreaks of neurological disease associated with paralysis of the facial and vestibulocochlear nerves caused by intracranial space occupying lesions in feedlot cattle. The clinical signs observed were characterized by head tilt, uni or bilateral drooping and paralysis of the ears, eyelid ptosis, keratoconjunctivitis, and different degrees of ataxia. Morbidity and mortality rates ranged from 1.1 to 50% and 0 to 1%, respectively. Gross lesions observed included yellow, thickened leptomeninges, and marked enlargement of the roots of cranial nerves VII (facial and VIII (vestibulocochlear. Histopathologically, there was severe, chronic, granulomatous meningitis and, in one case, chronic, granulomatous neuritis of the VII and VIII cranial nerves. Attempts to identify bacterial, viral, or parasitic agents were unsuccessful. Based on the morphologic lesions, the clinical condition was diagnosed as facial paralysis and vestibular syndrome associated with space occupying lesions in the meninges and the cranial nerves VII and VIII. Feedlot is a practice of growing diffusion in our country and this is a first report of outbreaks of facial paralysis and vestibular disease associated with space occupying lesions in Argentina.Descrevem-se 6 surtos de uma doença neurológica com paralisia dos nervos facial e vestibulo-coclear causada por lesões intracraniais que ocupam espaço em bovinos em confinamento. Os sinais clínicos foram desvio da cabeça, queda e paralisia das orelhas, ptose palpebral, ceratoconjuntivite e diferentes graus de ataxia. As taxas de morbidade e mortalidade foram de 1.1%-50% e de 0-1%, respectivamente. As lesões macroscópicas incluíram engrossamento das meninges, que se apresentavam amareladas, e marcado engrossamento das raízes dos nervos cranianos VII (facial e VIII (vestíbulo-coclear. Histologicamente observaram-se meningite crônica granulomatosa e, em um caso, neurite granulomatosa crônica do VII e VIII pares cranianos. Cultivos para bactérias ou vírus resultaram negativos. De acordo com as lesões observadas o quadro clínico foi diagnosticado como paralisia facial e síndrome vestibular associadas a lesões que ocupam espaço nas meninges e nervos cranianos VII e VIII. O confinamento é uma prática em expansão na Argentina e este é o primeiro relato, neste país, de surtos de paralisia facial e síndrome vestibular associados com lesões que ocupam espaço.

  12. Influence of gender on the vestibular evoked myogenic potential Influência do gênero no potencial miogênico evocado vestibular

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    Aline Tenório Lins Carnaúba

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    Full Text Available There is no consensus on the relevance of factors that influence gender differences in the behavior of muscles. Some studies have reported a relationship between muscle tension and amplitude of the vestibular evoked myogenic potential; others, that results depend on which muscles are studied or on how much load is applied. AIMS: This study aims to compare vestibular evoked myogenic potential parameters between genders in young individuals. METHODS: Eighty young adults were selected - 40 men and 40 women. Stimuli were averaged tone-bursts at 500 Hz, 90 dBHL intensity, and a 10-1000 Hz bandpass filter with amplification of 10-25 microvolts per division. The recordings were made in 80 ms windows. STUDY TYPE: An experimental and prospective study. RESULTS: No significant gender differences were found in wave latency - p = 0.19 and p = 0.50 for waves P13 and N23, respectively. No differences were found in amplitude values - p = 0.28 p = 0.40 for waves P13 and N23, respectively. CONCLUSION: There were no gender differences in latency and amplitude factors; the sternocleidomastoid muscle strain was monitored during the examination.Não existe consenso sobre a relevância dos fatores que influenciam as diferenças entre gêneros no comportamento dos músculos. Alguns estudos relatam existir uma relação entre tensão muscular e amplitude do potencial miogênico evocado vestibular, outros apenas que os resultados dependem dos músculos estudados ou do aumento da carga imposta. OBJETIVOS: Este estudo tem como objetivo comparar os parâmetros do potencial miogênico evocado vestibular, entre os gêneros, em indivíduos jovens. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Selecionaram-se 80 adultos jovens, sendo 40 homens e 40 mulheres. Foram promediados estímulos tone burts na frequência de 500Hz, na intensidade de 90 dBNA, utilizando-se um filtro passa banda de 10 a 1000 Hz, com amplificação de 10 a 25 microvolts por divisão. Os registros foram realizados em janelas de 80 ms. FORMA DE ESTUDO: experimental e prospectivo. RESULTADOS: Ao comparar os achados em função do gênero, não se constatou diferenças expressivas em relação à latência das ondas, p =0,19 e p =0,50, para as ondas P13 e N23, respectivamente, nem em relação ao valor de amplitude, p =0,28 p =0,40, para as ondas P13 e N23, respectivamente. CONCLUSÃO: Não houve diferença entre os gêneros quanto aos fatores latência e amplitude por haver um monitoramento da tensão do músculo esternocleidomastoideo durante o exame.

  13. Efectividad de la rehabilitación vestibular en una serie clínica Effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation in a clinical series

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    Héctor Riveros

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: La rehabilitación vestibular (RV consiste en ejercicios que aceleran la compensación laberíntica, aumentando y/o mejorando la actividad de los otros dos sistemas que intervienen en el sistema del equilibrio. Objetivo: Evaluar la efectividad de un programa de RV en pacientes de nuestro servicio de Otorrinolaringología, con inestabilidad en la marcha secundaria a patología vestibular. Material y método: Estudio prospectivo de pacientes con desequilibrio objetivado mediante examen de VIII par. Se les aplicó una encuesta deRV valorada para determinar el grado de desequilibrio y la alteración de actividades de la vida diaria. Al grupo estudiado se aplicaron ejercicios de RV durante 6 semanas, y el grupo control recibió tratamiento farmacológico estándar. Resultados: Se reclutaron 48 pacientes; 26 en el grupo estudiado y 22 en el grupo control. En el grupo en estudio, a las 6 semanas todos presentaron algún grado de mejoría, encontrándose sólo desequilibrio leve en 92% y mejoría total en 8%. En el grupo control, a las 6 semanas la sintomatología persistió en 50% de los pacientes y el 50% restante presentó aún desequilibrio leve; ninguno se recuperó totalmente. Discusión: La RV es un programa de ejercicios de aplicación no invasiva, de fácil realización en el hogar, que ha demostrado ser efectiva en la disminución de la inestabilidad, con lo cual se recobran gran parte de las actividades del diario vivirIntroduction: Vestibular rehabilitation (VR consists of a series of exercises that increase labyrinthine compensation and/or improve the activity of the other two systems that participate in balance. Aim: To evaluate the effectiveness of a VR program in patients in our ORL department presenting with walking instability secondary to vestibular pathology. Material and method: Prospective study of patients with objective imbalance as demonstrated by VIII nerve test. Patients were asked to answer a questionnaire on VR in order to determine the degree of imbalance and the level of daily life disturbances. The study group was assigned to a VR exercise program for 6 weeks, while the control group received standard pharmacological treatment. Results: 48 patients were included, 26 in the study group and 22 in the control group. In the study group, after 6 weeks all patients showed some degree of symptoms improvement, with 92% reporting only mild imbalance, and with complete rehabilitation in 8%. In the control group, after 6 weeks symptoms persisted in 50% of patients, and the remaining 50% reported mild imbalance; none recovered completely. Discussion: VR is a non-invasive exercise program, easily performed at home, that has demonstrated to be effective in reducing imbalance, which in turns results in that many of the daily activities can be performed again

  14. Morphological and Histochemical Analysis of the Human Vestibular Fold / Análisis Morfológico e Histoquímico del Pliegue Vestibular Humano

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    Heraldo Lorena, Guida; Neivo Luiz, Zorzetto.

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Fue realizado un estudio morfológico e histoquímico del pliegue vestibular humano a través de técnicas histológicas de rutina. Cortes histológicos de 7µm de grosor fueron teñidos con HE y Calleja, los cuales revelaron la presencia de fibras colágenas, elásticas y glándulas seromucosas en el pliegue [...] vestibular. También fueron identificadas fibras musculares que constituyen el músculo ventricular. Los análisis ultraestruturales de la capa epitelial realizados a través de microscopía electrónica de barrido, mostraron la presencia de células ciliadas, caliciformes y abertura de conductos glandulares en la superficie epitelial. Los análisis histoquímicos fueron realizados con músculos ventriculares sometidos a las reacciones NADH-TR, SDH y mATPasa. En base en estas reacciones se observó que el músculo está constituido por tres tipos de fibras musculares SO, FOG y FG, distribuidas en la forma de mosaico. La frecuencia de las fibras fue de 22,7%, 69,9% e 7,4%, respectivamente. La mayor frecuencia de fibras oxidativas SO+FOG caracterizó al músculo, con metabolismo aeróbico, resistente a la fatiga. El músculo ventricular fue considerado como rápido. El estudio de las uniones neuromusculares, después de la reacción de la esterasa inespecífica, evidenció que estas uniones son del tipo placa y de ocurrencia múltiple en el músculo ventricular Abstract in english A morphological and histochemical study of the human vestibular fold was carried out using routine histological techniques. Seven µm-thick histo logical sections stained with hematoxylin-eosin (HE) and Callej a showed the presence of elastic collagen fibers and seromucous glands in the vestibular fo [...] ld. Muscle fibers forming the ventricular muscle were also identified. Ultrastructural analyses of the epithelial layer by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed ciliated cells and gland ducts opening on the epithelial surface. Histochemical analyses were performed on ventricular muscles submitted to nicotinamide-adenine-dinucleotide tetrazolium reductase (NADH-TR), succinate dehydrogenase (SDH), and myofibrillar adenosine triphosphatase (mATPase) reactions. Based on these reactions, it was observed that the muscle is formed by three types of muscle fibers: slow-twitch oxidative (SO), fast-twitch oxydative glycolytic (FOG) and fast-twitch glycolytic (FG) fibers distributed in a mosaic pattern. The fiber frequency was 22.7%, 69.9% and 7.4%, respectively. The higher frequency of SO and FOG fibers characterized the muscle as having aerobic metabolism and resistance to fatigue. The ventricular muscle was considered fast. The study of the neuromuscular junctions performed after nonspecific esterase reaction showed that they are of the en-plaque type and have multiple occurrences in the ventricular muscle

  15. Facial paralysis and vestibular syndrome in feedlot cattle in Argentina / Paralisia facial e síndrome vestibular de bovinos em confinamento

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    Ernesto, Odriozola; Santiago, Diab; Pablo, Khalloub; Adriana, Bengolea; Luciana, Lázaro; Darío, Caffarena; Luis, Pérez; Germán, Cantón; Carlos, Campero.

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Descrevem-se 6 surtos de uma doença neurológica com paralisia dos nervos facial e vestibulo-coclear causada por lesões intracraniais que ocupam espaço em bovinos em confinamento. Os sinais clínicos foram desvio da cabeça, queda e paralisia das orelhas, ptose palpebral, ceratoconjuntivite e diferente [...] s graus de ataxia. As taxas de morbidade e mortalidade foram de 1.1%-50% e de 0-1%, respectivamente. As lesões macroscópicas incluíram engrossamento das meninges, que se apresentavam amareladas, e marcado engrossamento das raízes dos nervos cranianos VII (facial) e VIII (vestíbulo-coclear). Histologicamente observaram-se meningite crônica granulomatosa e, em um caso, neurite granulomatosa crônica do VII e VIII pares cranianos. Cultivos para bactérias ou vírus resultaram negativos. De acordo com as lesões observadas o quadro clínico foi diagnosticado como paralisia facial e síndrome vestibular associadas a lesões que ocupam espaço nas meninges e nervos cranianos VII e VIII. O confinamento é uma prática em expansão na Argentina e este é o primeiro relato, neste país, de surtos de paralisia facial e síndrome vestibular associados com lesões que ocupam espaço. Abstract in english This paper reports 6 outbreaks of neurological disease associated with paralysis of the facial and vestibulocochlear nerves caused by intracranial space occupying lesions in feedlot cattle. The clinical signs observed were characterized by head tilt, uni or bilateral drooping and paralysis of the ea [...] rs, eyelid ptosis, keratoconjunctivitis, and different degrees of ataxia. Morbidity and mortality rates ranged from 1.1 to 50% and 0 to 1%, respectively. Gross lesions observed included yellow, thickened leptomeninges, and marked enlargement of the roots of cranial nerves VII (facial) and VIII (vestibulocochlear). Histopathologically, there was severe, chronic, granulomatous meningitis and, in one case, chronic, granulomatous neuritis of the VII and VIII cranial nerves. Attempts to identify bacterial, viral, or parasitic agents were unsuccessful. Based on the morphologic lesions, the clinical condition was diagnosed as facial paralysis and vestibular syndrome associated with space occupying lesions in the meninges and the cranial nerves VII and VIII. Feedlot is a practice of growing diffusion in our country and this is a first report of outbreaks of facial paralysis and vestibular disease associated with space occupying lesions in Argentina.

  16. Morphological and Histochemical Analysis of the Human Vestibular Fold Análisis Morfológico e Histoquímico del Pliegue Vestibular Humano

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    Heraldo Lorena Guida

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available A morphological and histochemical study of the human vestibular fold was carried out using routine histological techniques. Seven µm-thick histo logical sections stained with hematoxylin-eosin (HE and Callej a showed the presence of elastic collagen fibers and seromucous glands in the vestibular fold. Muscle fibers forming the ventricular muscle were also identified. Ultrastructural analyses of the epithelial layer by scanning electron microscopy (SEM revealed ciliated cells and gland ducts opening on the epithelial surface. Histochemical analyses were performed on ventricular muscles submitted to nicotinamide-adenine-dinucleotide tetrazolium reductase (NADH-TR, succinate dehydrogenase (SDH, and myofibrillar adenosine triphosphatase (mATPase reactions. Based on these reactions, it was observed that the muscle is formed by three types of muscle fibers: slow-twitch oxidative (SO, fast-twitch oxydative glycolytic (FOG and fast-twitch glycolytic (FG fibers distributed in a mosaic pattern. The fiber frequency was 22.7%, 69.9% and 7.4%, respectively. The higher frequency of SO and FOG fibers characterized the muscle as having aerobic metabolism and resistance to fatigue. The ventricular muscle was considered fast. The study of the neuromuscular junctions performed after nonspecific esterase reaction showed that they are of the en-plaque type and have multiple occurrences in the ventricular muscleFue realizado un estudio morfológico e histoquímico del pliegue vestibular humano a través de técnicas histológicas de rutina. Cortes histológicos de 7µm de grosor fueron teñidos con HE y Calleja, los cuales revelaron la presencia de fibras colágenas, elásticas y glándulas seromucosas en el pliegue vestibular. También fueron identificadas fibras musculares que constituyen el músculo ventricular. Los análisis ultraestruturales de la capa epitelial realizados a través de microscopía electrónica de barrido, mostraron la presencia de células ciliadas, caliciformes y abertura de conductos glandulares en la superficie epitelial. Los análisis histoquímicos fueron realizados con músculos ventriculares sometidos a las reacciones NADH-TR, SDH y mATPasa. En base en estas reacciones se observó que el músculo está constituido por tres tipos de fibras musculares SO, FOG y FG, distribuidas en la forma de mosaico. La frecuencia de las fibras fue de 22,7%, 69,9% e 7,4%, respectivamente. La mayor frecuencia de fibras oxidativas SO+FOG caracterizó al músculo, con metabolismo aeróbico, resistente a la fatiga. El músculo ventricular fue considerado como rápido. El estudio de las uniones neuromusculares, después de la reacción de la esterasa inespecífica, evidenció que estas uniones son del tipo placa y de ocurrencia múltiple en el músculo ventricular

  17. Vestibular syndrome in giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla / Síndrome vestibular em tamanduá-bandeira (Myrmecophaga tridactyla

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    Leandro Luís Martins

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    Full Text Available The vestibular syndrome is a well-defined disease in domestic animals but little known in wild ones. Here this affection of central origin is described in a caquetic adult female giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla, which presented circling behavior, extensor hypermetry in thoracic limbs, head tilt and spontaneous horizontal and positional vertical nystagmus. The animal received tube feeding twice daily and dexamethasone was given subcutaneous once daily at the dosis of 6mg/kg, with a progressive improvement of health after the second day of treatment. Dose was reduced to a half from fourth to sixth day, and to a quarter on seventh day, when the animal died. On the fifth day, however, circle deambulation had ceased and hypermetry, head tilt and nystagmus were reduced. Treating vestibular syndrome is a challenge in wild animal practice. Treatment is affected by hyporexia and anorexia, making difficult the animals´ health improvement, which generally present muscle atrophy.A síndrome vestibular é uma afecção bem descrita em animais domésticos e pouco relatada em selvagens. Este relato descreveu essa afecção de origem central em uma fêmea adulta de tamanduá-bandeira (Myrmecophaga tridactyla, caquética, apresentando deambulação em círculos, hipermetria extensora nos membros torácicos, desvio da cabeça e nistagmo espontâneo horizontal e posicional vertical. O animal foi alimentado por sonda oral, 2x/dia e instituiu-se tratamento com dexametasona subcutânea na dose 6mg/kg, 1x/dia, com melhora progressiva a partir da segunda administração. A dose foi diminuída pela metade do quarto ao sexto dia, e reduzida novamente à metade no sétimo dia, quando ocorreu óbito. Entretanto, no quinto dia de tratamento, a deambulação em círculos foi interrompida, e a hipermetria, desvio da cabeça e nistagmo diminuídos. O tratamento de animais selvagens com síndrome vestibular é um desafio e é prejudicado pela hiporexia ou anorexia, dificultando a recuperação dos mesmos, que geralmente apresentam diminuição da massa muscular.

  18. Pathogenesis of vestibular schwannoma in ring chromosome 22

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    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ring chromosome 22 is a rare human constitutional cytogenetic abnormality. Clinical features of neurofibromatosis type 1 and 2 as well as different tumour types have been reported in patients with ring chromosome 22. The pathogenesis of these tumours is not always clear yet. Methods We report on a female patient with a ring chromosome 22 presenting with severe mental retardation, autistic behaviour, café-au-lait macules and facial dysmorphism. Peripheral blood lymphocytes were karyotyped and array CGH was performed on extracted DNA. At the age of 20 years she was diagnosed with a unilateral vestibular schwannoma. Tumour cells were analyzed by karyotyping, array CGH and NF2 mutation analysis. Results Karyotype on peripheral blood lymphocytes revealed a ring chromosome 22 in all analyzed cells. A 1 Mb array CGH experiment on peripheral blood DNA showed a deletion of 5 terminal clones on the long arm of chromosome 22. Genetic analysis of vestibular schwannoma tissue revealed loss of the ring chromosome 22 and a somatic second hit in the NF2 gene on the remaining chromosome 22. Conclusion We conclude that tumours can arise by the combination of loss of the ring chromosome and a pathogenic NF2 mutation on the remaining chromosome 22 in patients with ring chromosome 22. Our findings indicate that patients with a ring 22 should be monitored for NF2-related tumours starting in adolescence.

  19. Prevalence of hydrocephalus in 157 patients with vestibular schwannoma

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    2005-05-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of hydrocephalus in patients with vestibular schwannoma. A second objective was to investigate possible etiologies for hydrocephalus in this population by attempting to correlate the incidence and severity of hydrocephalus with tumor volume and extent of fourth ventricular compression. The MRI examinations of 157 adult patients with vestibular schwannoma were retrospectively reviewed. Tumor size was quantified, and the presence of accompanying hydrocephalus was assessed, categorized as communicating type or non-communicating type and then rated as mild, moderate or severe (grades 1-3). Next, the degree of fourth ventricular distortion caused by tumor mass effect was evaluated and categorized as mild, moderate or severe (grades 1-3). Spearman's rank correlation coefficient was used to test the relationships between tumor volume and (1) the extent of fourth ventricular effacement and (2) severity of hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus was present in 28/157 (18%) cases and was categorized as mild in 11/28 (39%), moderate in 15/28 (54%) and severe in 2/28 (7%). Communicating-type hydrocephalus was present in 17/28 (61%) and non-communicating type in 11/28 (39%). There was a positive correlation between the grade of non-communicating hydrocephalus and tumor volume (r=0.38; P<0.001) and between the severity of fourth ventricular compression and extent of hydrocephalus in this group(r=0.43; P<0.001). (orig.)

  20. Prevalence of hydrocephalus in 157 patients with vestibular schwannoma

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    The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of hydrocephalus in patients with vestibular schwannoma. A second objective was to investigate possible etiologies for hydrocephalus in this population by attempting to correlate the incidence and severity of hydrocephalus with tumor volume and extent of fourth ventricular compression. The MRI examinations of 157 adult patients with vestibular schwannoma were retrospectively reviewed. Tumor size was quantified, and the presence of accompanying hydrocephalus was assessed, categorized as communicating type or non-communicating type and then rated as mild, moderate or severe (grades 1-3). Next, the degree of fourth ventricular distortion caused by tumor mass effect was evaluated and categorized as mild, moderate or severe (grades 1-3). Spearman's rank correlation coefficient was used to test the relationships between tumor volume and (1) the extent of fourth ventricular effacement and (2) severity of hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus was present in 28/157 (18%) cases and was categorized as mild in 11/28 (39%), moderate in 15/28 (54%) and severe in 2/28 (7%). Communicating-type hydrocephalus was present in 17/28 (61%) and non-communicating type in 11/28 (39%). There was a positive correlation between the grade of non-communicating hydrocephalus and tumor volume (r=0.38; P<0.001) and between the severity of fourth ventricular compression and extent of hydrocephalus in this group(r=0.43; P<0.001). (orig.)

  1. Horizontal VOR function shows frequency dynamics in vestibular schwannoma.

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    Blödow, Alexander; Blödow, Julia; Bloching, Marc Boris; Helbig, Ralf; Walther, Leif Erik

    2015-09-01

    The objective of this retrospective study was to investigate the horizontal vestibulo-ocular reflex (hVOR) pathway with caloric test (low-frequency hVOR) and video head impulse test (vHIT) (high-frequency hVOR) in patients with sporadic vestibular schwannoma (69 patients, 27-86 years, mean age 58.1 years) and to compare both test methods in terms of their sensitivity and specificity to detect a retrocochlear lesion. Test results with a unilateral weakness (UWCaloric) >25 % (caloric test) or a Mean-GainvHIT 8.5 % and accompanied refixation saccades (vHIT) were considered abnormal. The overall sensitivity of the caloric test was 72 %. The evaluation of AR-GainvHIT detected more abnormal cases than did Mean-GainvHIT (44 vs. 36 %). In up to 4 %, a normal caloric test result was related to an abnormal vHIT. There was only a moderate correlation of UWCaloric and AR-GainvHIT (r = 0.54, p Vestibular testing at varying frequencies provides deeper insights into hVOR function and is helpful in detecting a cerebello-pontine lesion. Whereas caloric test yields a high sensitivity for nerve dysfunction, vHIT test reveals a remaining function of hVOR in the high-frequency range. PMID:24789061

  2. Immersive virtual environment for visuo-vestibular therapy: preliminary results.

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    Gascuel, J D; Payno, H; Schmerber, S; Martin, O

    2012-01-01

    The sense of equilibrium aggregates several interacting cues. On vestibular areflexic patients, vision plays a major role. We developed an immersive therapeutic platform, based on 3D opto-kinetic stimulation that enables to tune the difficulty of the balance task by managing the type of optic flow and its speed. The balance adjustments are recorded by a force plate, quantified by the length of the center of pressure trajectory and detection of disequilibrium corrections (leans, compensation step). Preliminary analysis shows that (i) patients report a strong immersion feeling in the motion flow, triggering intense motor response to "fight against fall"; (ii) the ANOVA factorial design shows a significant effect of flow speed, session number and gaze anchor impact. In conclusion, this study shows that 3D immersive stimulation removes essential limits of traditional opto-kinetic stimulators (limited 2D motions and remaining fixed background cues). Moreover, the immersive optic flow stimulation is an efficient tool to induce balance adaptive reactions in vestibular patients. Hence, such a platform appears to be a powerful therapeutic tool for training and relearning of balance control processes. PMID:22954853

  3. Early diagnosis of acoustic neuroma by the vestibular test

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    Haid, T.; Rettinger, G.; Berg, M.; Wigand, M.E.

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    In a series of 390 cases with suspicion of acoustic neurinomas 78 such tumors could be diagnosed, including 12 early stage neurinomas. This relatively high detection quote of small neurinomas is due to a special diagnostical programme: Every patient with unilateral and sensoneural hearingloss, independent of vertigo anamnesis or of the result of X-rays must be further examined by a vestibular test. All 78 patients with acoustic neuroma had pathological vestibular findings. The positional test turned out to be the most sensitive examination in the early diagnosis of acoustic neuromas and yields a still higher incidence than the thermic test: 95% of the patients with a neuroma showed pathological findings in the positional test. Every patient suffering from an unidentified unilateral and sensoneural hearingloss combined with a pathological result in the positional test must be further checked by a cisternomeatography or computerized tomography using airinsufflation. Every fifth of these patients showed typical signs of an acoustic neuroma in the neuroradiological tests. 68 neuromas are operated today and verfied histologically, 10 patients are still waiting for surgical treatment.

  4. Sociodemographic factors and vestibular schwannoma: a Danish nationwide cohort study

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    Schüz, Joachim; Steding-Jessen, Marianne; Hansen, Søren; Stangerup, Sven-Eric; Cayé-Thomasen, Per; Johansen, Christoffer

    2010-01-01

    Vestibular schwannoma (VS) (or acoustic neuroma) accounts for about 5%-6% of all intracranial tumors; little is known about the etiology. We investigated the association between various sociodemographic indicators and VS in a cohort of 3.26 million Danish residents, with 1087 cases identified in ...... indicators were not associated with the tumor size. The magnitude of the differences in incidence rates across the groups of different socioeconomic indicators suggests a high potential for earlier diagnosis of VS by improving the awareness of early symptoms.......Vestibular schwannoma (VS) (or acoustic neuroma) accounts for about 5%-6% of all intracranial tumors; little is known about the etiology. We investigated the association between various sociodemographic indicators and VS in a cohort of 3.26 million Danish residents, with 1087 cases identified in 35...... 308 974 person-years under risk, with data accrued from 1993 to 2006. Complete ascertainment of cases was ensured by using population-based and clinical cancer registries. Information on sociodemographic indicators was obtained on an annually updated individual level from Statistics Denmark. Log...

  5. Spatio-temporal pattern of vestibular information processing after brief caloric stimulation

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    Processing of vestibular information at the cortical and subcortical level is essential for head and body orientation in space and self-motion perception, but little is known about the neural dynamics of the brain regions of the vestibular system involved in this task. Neuroimaging studies using both galvanic and caloric stimulation have shown that several distinct cortical and subcortical structures can be activated during vestibular information processing. The insular cortex has been often targeted and presented as the central hub of the vestibular cortical system. Since very short pulses of cold water ear irrigation can generate a strong and prolonged vestibular response and a nystagmus, we explored the effects of this type of caloric stimulation for assessing the blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) dynamics of neural vestibular processing in a whole-brain event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) experiment. We evaluated the spatial layout and the temporal dynamics of the activated cortical and subcortical regions in time-locking with the instant of injection and were able to extract a robust pattern of neural activity involving the contra-lateral insular cortex, the thalamus, the brainstem and the cerebellum. No significant correlation with the temporal envelope of the nystagmus was found. The temporal analysis of the activation profiles highlighted a significantly longer duration of the evoked BOLD activity in the brainstem compared to the insular cortex suggesting a functional de-coupling between cortical and subcortical activity during the vestibular response.

  6. Dizziness handicap inventory - em um grupo de pacientes submetidos a reabilitação vestibular personalizada

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    Ana Carla Leite Romero

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: investigar o impacto da Reabilitação Vestibular personalizada e comparar os aspectos físicos, emocionais e funcionais pré e pós a aplicação do Dizziness Handicap Inventory. MÉTODOS: participaram 10 pacientes, com sintomas decorrentes de distúrbios do sistema vestibular e hipótese diagnóstica de disfunção vestibular crônica. Estes foram avaliados quanto aos aspectos físicos, emocionais e funcionais por meio do Dizziness Handicap Inventory pré e pós reabilitação vestibular personalizada. RESULTADOS: no Dizziness Handicap Inventory pré foi verificado que o aspecto físico foi o mais pontuado, seguido pelo emocional e funcional. A reabilitação vestibular foi eficaz, uma vez que houve diminuição nas queixas de qualidade de vida, e melhores resultados em todos os aspectos avaliados no Dizziness Handicap Inventory pós, apenas um paciente obteve melhora somente dos aspectos emocionais e funcionais, além de piora dos aspectos físicos. CONCLUSÃO: o Dizziness Handicap Inventory brasileiro aplicado pré e pós reabilitação vestibular personalizada mostrou-se como um teste eficaz para acompanhar pacientes submetidos a reabilitação vestibular, capaz de mostrar a melhora significante nos sintomas da vertigem crônica, além do impacto negativo na qualidade de vida dos pacientes deste estudo.

  7. The Relationship between Vestibular Function and Topographical Memory in Older Adults

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    Fred Henry Previc

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    Full Text Available Research during the past two decades has demonstrated an important role of the vestibular system in topographical orientation and memory and the network of neural structures associated with them. Almost all of the supporting data have come from animal or human clinical studies, however. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the link between vestibular function and topographical memory in normal elderly humans. Twenty-five participants aged 70 to 85 years who scored from mildly impaired to normal on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment received three topographical memory tests: the Camden Topographical Recognition Memory Test (CTMRT, a computerized topographical mental rotation test (TMRT, and a virtual pond maze (VPM. They also received six vestibular or oculomotor tests: optokinetic nystagmus (OKN, visual pursuit (VP, actively generated vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR, the sensory orientation test (SOT for posture, and two measures of rotational memory (error in degrees, or RMº, and correct directional recognition, or RM?. The only significant bivariate correlations were among the three vestibular measures primarily assessing horizontal canal function (VOR, RMº, and RM?. A multiple regression analysis showed significant relationships between vestibular and demographic predictors and both the TMRT (R=.78 and VPM (R=.66 measures. The significant relationship between the vestibular and topographical memory measures supports the theory that vestibular loss may contribute to topographical memory impairment in the elderly.

  8. Can a fixed measure serve as a pertinent diagnostic criterion for large vestibular aqueduct in children?

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    A vestibular aqueduct midpoint width greater than 1.50 mm is currently considered to be pathognomonic for a large vestibular aqueduct syndrome. To analyse the diameter of the vestibular aqueduct in children as a function of age and consequently to determine if a fixed measure could serve as a pertinent diagnostic criterion. This was a retrospective study of 200 high-resolution CT scans of the ear in 100 patients aged 0-16 years and from various paediatric medical departments. On each CT scan, the lateral semicircular canal diameter, the vestibular aqueduct midpoint width between the external aperture and common crus, and the vestibular aqueduct external aperture diameter were measured. Spearman's rank test and the Mann-Whitney correlation test were used for an integrated statistical analysis. There was no statistically significant variability in vestibular aqueduct diameter as a function of age or sex of patients. A CT scan threshold value, fixed and independent of age and sex, is thus legitimate for the diagnosis of vestibular aqueduct dilatation. (orig.)

  9. Vestibular nuclei characterized by calcium-binding protein immunoreactivity and tract tracing in Gekko gecko.

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    Song, Jing; Wang, Wenbo; Carr, Catherine E; Dai, Zhendong; Tang, Yezhong

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    Immunohistochemical techniques were used to describe the distribution of the calcium binding proteins calretinin, calbindin and parvalbumin as well as synaptic vesicle protein 2 in the vestibular nuclei of the Tokay gecko (Gekko gecko). In addition, tract tracing was used to investigate connections between the vestibular nerves and brainstem nuclei. Seven vestibular nuclei were recognized: the nuclei cerebellaris lateralis (Cerl), vestibularis dorsolateralis (Vedl), ventrolateralis (Vevl), ventromedialis (Vevm), tangentialis (Vetg), ovalis (VeO) and descendens (Veds). Vestibular fibers entered the brainstem with the ascending branch projecting to Vedl and Cerl, the lateral descending branch to Veds, and the medial descending branch to ipsilateral Vevl. Cerl lay most rostral, in the cerebellar peduncle. Vedl, located rostrally, was ventral to the cerebellar peduncle, and consisted of loosely arranged multipolar and monopolar cells. Vevl was found at the level of the vestibular nerve root and contained conspicuously large cells and medium-sized cells. Veds is a large nucleus, the most rostral portion of which is situated lateral and ventral to Vevl, and occupies much of the dorsal brainstem extending caudally through the medulla. VeO is a spherically shaped cell group lateral to the auditory nucleus magnocellularis and dorsal to the caudal part of Vevl. Vevm and Vetg were small in the present study. Except for VeO, all other vestibular nuclei appear directly comparable to counterparts in other reptiles and birds based on their location, cytoarchitecture, and connections, indicating these are conserved features of the vestibular system. PMID:23201031

  10. Spatio-temporal pattern of vestibular information processing after brief caloric stimulation.

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    Marcelli, Vincenzo; Esposito, Fabrizio; Aragri, Adriana; Furia, Teresa; Riccardi, Pasquale; Tosetti, Michela; Biagi, Laura; Marciano, Elio; Di Salle, Francesco

    2009-05-01

    Processing of vestibular information at the cortical and subcortical level is essential for head and body orientation in space and self-motion perception, but little is known about the neural dynamics of the brain regions of the vestibular system involved in this task. Neuroimaging studies using both galvanic and caloric stimulation have shown that several distinct cortical and subcortical structures can be activated during vestibular information processing. The insular cortex has been often targeted and presented as the central hub of the vestibular cortical system. Since very short pulses of cold water ear irrigation can generate a strong and prolonged vestibular response and a nystagmus, we explored the effects of this type of caloric stimulation for assessing the blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) dynamics of neural vestibular processing in a whole-brain event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) experiment. We evaluated the spatial layout and the temporal dynamics of the activated cortical and subcortical regions in time-locking with the instant of injection and were able to extract a robust pattern of neural activity involving the contra-lateral insular cortex, the thalamus, the brainstem and the cerebellum. No significant correlation with the temporal envelope of the nystagmus was found. The temporal analysis of the activation profiles highlighted a significantly longer duration of the evoked BOLD activity in the brainstem compared to the insular cortex suggesting a functional de-coupling between cortical and subcortical activity during the vestibular response. PMID:18342473

  11. Spatio-temporal pattern of vestibular information processing after brief caloric stimulation

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    Marcelli, Vincenzo [Department of Neuroscience, University of Naples ' Federico II' , Naples (Italy); Esposito, Fabrizio [Department of Neuroscience, University of Naples ' Federico II' , Naples (Italy); Department of Cognitive Neurosciences, University of Maastricht, Maastricht (Netherlands)], E-mail: fabrizio.esposito@unina.it; Aragri, Adriana [Department of Neurological Sciences, Second University of Naples, Naples (Italy); Furia, Teresa; Riccardi, Pasquale [Department of Neuroscience, University of Naples ' Federico II' , Naples (Italy); Tosetti, Michela; Biagi, Laura [I.R.C.S.S. ' Stella Maris' , Pisa (Italy); Marciano, Elio [Department of Neuroscience, University of Naples ' Federico II' , Naples (Italy); Di Salle, Francesco [Department of Cognitive Neurosciences, University of Maastricht, Maastricht (Netherlands); I.R.C.S.S. ' Stella Maris' , Pisa (Italy); Department of Neurosciences, University of Pisa, Pisa (Italy)

    2009-05-15

    Processing of vestibular information at the cortical and subcortical level is essential for head and body orientation in space and self-motion perception, but little is known about the neural dynamics of the brain regions of the vestibular system involved in this task. Neuroimaging studies using both galvanic and caloric stimulation have shown that several distinct cortical and subcortical structures can be activated during vestibular information processing. The insular cortex has been often targeted and presented as the central hub of the vestibular cortical system. Since very short pulses of cold water ear irrigation can generate a strong and prolonged vestibular response and a nystagmus, we explored the effects of this type of caloric stimulation for assessing the blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) dynamics of neural vestibular processing in a whole-brain event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) experiment. We evaluated the spatial layout and the temporal dynamics of the activated cortical and subcortical regions in time-locking with the instant of injection and were able to extract a robust pattern of neural activity involving the contra-lateral insular cortex, the thalamus, the brainstem and the cerebellum. No significant correlation with the temporal envelope of the nystagmus was found. The temporal analysis of the activation profiles highlighted a significantly longer duration of the evoked BOLD activity in the brainstem compared to the insular cortex suggesting a functional de-coupling between cortical and subcortical activity during the vestibular response.

  12. Improving Sensorimotor Function and Adaptation using Stochastic Vestibular Stimulation

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    Galvan, R. C.; Bloomberg, J. J.; Mulavara, A. P.; Clark, T. K.; Merfeld, D. M.; Oman, C. M.

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    Astronauts experience sensorimotor changes during adaption to G-transitions that occur when entering and exiting microgravity. Post space flight, these sensorimotor disturbances can include postural and gait instability, visual performance changes, manual control disruptions, spatial disorientation, and motion sickness, all of which can hinder the operational capabilities of the astronauts. Crewmember safety would be significantly increased if sensorimotor changes brought on by gravitational changes could be mitigated and adaptation could be facilitated. The goal of this research is to investigate and develop the use of electrical stochastic vestibular stimulation (SVS) as a countermeasure to augment sensorimotor function and facilitate adaptation. For this project, SVS will be applied via electrodes on the mastoid processes at imperceptible amplitude levels. We hypothesize that SVS will improve sensorimotor performance through the phenomena of stochastic resonance, which occurs when the response of a nonlinear system to a weak input signal is optimized by the application of a particular nonzero level of noise. In line with the theory of stochastic resonance, a specific optimal level of SVS will be found and tested for each subject [1]. Three experiments are planned to investigate the use of SVS in sensory-dependent tasks and performance. The first experiment will aim to demonstrate stochastic resonance in the vestibular system through perception based motion recognition thresholds obtained using a 6-degree of freedom Stewart platform in the Jenks Vestibular Laboratory at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. A range of SVS amplitudes will be applied to each subject and the subjectspecific optimal SVS level will be identified as that which results in the lowest motion recognition threshold, through previously established, well developed methods [2,3,4]. The second experiment will investigate the use of optimal SVS in facilitating sensorimotor adaptation to system disturbances. Subjects will adapt to wearing minifying glasses, resulting in decreased vestibular ocular reflex (VOR) gain. The VOR gain will then be intermittently measured while the subject readapts to normal vision, with and without optimal SVS. We expect that optimal SVS will cause a steepening of the adaptation curve. The third experiment will test the use of optimal SVS in an operationally relevant aerospace task, using the tilt translation sled at NASA Johnson Space Center, a test platform capable of recreating the tilt-gain and tilt-translation illusions associated with landing of a spacecraft post-space flight. In this experiment, a perception based manual control measure will be used to compare performance with and without optimal SVS. We expect performance to improve in this task when optimal SVS is applied. The ultimate goal of this work is to systematically investigate and further understand the potential benefits of stochastic vestibular stimulation in the context of human space flight so that it may be used in the future as a component of a comprehensive countermeasure plan for adaptation to G-transitions.

  13. Nonlinear high-order mode locking in stochastic sensory neurons

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    Rowe, Michael; Afghan, Muhammad; Neiman, Alexander

    2004-03-01

    Excitable systems demonstrate various mode locking regimes when driven by periodic external signals. With noise taken into account, such regimes represent complex nonlinear responses which depend crucially on the frequency and amplitude of the periodic drive as well as on the noise intensity. We study this using a computational model of a stochastic Hodgkin-Huxley neuron in combination with the turtle vestibular sensory system as an experimental model. A bifurcation analysis of the model is performed. Extracellular recordings from primary vestibular afferent neurons with two types of stimuli are used in the experimental study. First, mechanical stimuli applied to the labyrinth allow us to study the responses of the entire system, including transduction by the hair cells and spike generation in the primary afferents. Second, a galvanic stimuli applied directly to an afferent are used to study the responses of afferent spike generator directly. The responses to galvanic stimuli reveal multiple high-order mode locking regimes which are well reproduced in numerical simulation. Responses to mechanical stimulation are characterized by larger variability so that fewer mode-locking regimes can be observed.

  14. Discapacidad por enfermedad auditiva y vestibular en un centro de atención especializada / Disability due to auditory and vestibular dysfunction in a specialized care center

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    Aralia, Gutiérrez-Márquez; Kathrine, Jáuregui-Renaud; Leticia, Viveros-Renteria; Laura Alejandra, Villanueva-Padrón.

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: identificar la limitación que en su vida diaria padecen los pacientes evaluados por hipoacusia o enfermedad vestibular en un Centro de Atención Especializada del IMSS. Método: participaron 530 pacientes evaluados por primera vez con hipoacusia (n=252) o enfermedad vestibular (n=278), de lo [...] s cuales eran económicamente activos 54 y 50% respectivamente. Después de la evaluación especializada y de la administración un cuestionario de síntomas co cleovestibulares, se identificó la frecuencia y número de días de discapacidad relacionados con la hipoacusia o enfermedad vestibular y la frecuencia de consultas médicas durante el último año. Resultados: los pacientes con hipoacusia solicitaron consulta médica 1-6 veces/año y 15.8% informaron discapacidad. Mientras que aquéllos con enfermedad vestibular solicitaron 1-8 consultas e informaron discapacidad con más frecuencia (60.8%) (p Abstract in english Objective: To assess the frequency and characteristics of the disability associated with hearing loss and vestibular disease in a Specialized Medical Center of the Mexican Social Security Institute. Methods: 530 patients agreed to participate. They were assessed due to hearing loss (n=252) and vesti [...] bular disease (n=278), 54% and 50% of them worked. After a clinical evaluation and administration of a symptom questionnaire, they were asked about the frequency and days of disability to perform daily life activities related to their audiological or vestibular disease and how often they visited the physician during the last year because of their symptoms. Results: Hearing loss patients visited the physician 1-6 times/ year and 15.8% reported disability. Vestibular patients visited the physician 1-8 times/ year and reported disability more frequently (60.8%) (p

  15. The human vestibular cortex revealed by coordinate-based activation likelihood estimation meta-analysis.

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    Lopez, C; Blanke, O; Mast, F W

    2012-06-14

    The vestibular system contributes to the control of posture and eye movements and is also involved in various cognitive functions including spatial navigation and memory. These functions are subtended by projections to a vestibular cortex, whose exact location in the human brain is still a matter of debate (Lopez and Blanke, 2011). The vestibular cortex can be defined as the network of all cortical areas receiving inputs from the vestibular system, including areas where vestibular signals influence the processing of other sensory (e.g. somatosensory and visual) and motor signals. Previous neuroimaging studies used caloric vestibular stimulation (CVS), galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS), and auditory stimulation (clicks and short-tone bursts) to activate the vestibular receptors and localize the vestibular cortex. However, these three methods differ regarding the receptors stimulated (otoliths, semicircular canals) and the concurrent activation of the tactile, thermal, nociceptive and auditory systems. To evaluate the convergence between these methods and provide a statistical analysis of the localization of the human vestibular cortex, we performed an activation likelihood estimation (ALE) meta-analysis of neuroimaging studies using CVS, GVS, and auditory stimuli. We analyzed a total of 352 activation foci reported in 16 studies carried out in a total of 192 healthy participants. The results reveal that the main regions activated by CVS, GVS, or auditory stimuli were located in the Sylvian fissure, insula, retroinsular cortex, fronto-parietal operculum, superior temporal gyrus, and cingulate cortex. Conjunction analysis indicated that regions showing convergence between two stimulation methods were located in the median (short gyrus III) and posterior (long gyrus IV) insula, parietal operculum and retroinsular cortex (Ri). The only area of convergence between all three methods of stimulation was located in Ri. The data indicate that Ri, parietal operculum and posterior insula are vestibular regions where afferents converge from otoliths and semicircular canals, and may thus be involved in the processing of signals informing about body rotations, translations and tilts. Results from the meta-analysis are in agreement with electrophysiological recordings in monkeys showing main vestibular projections in the transitional zone between Ri, the insular granular field (Ig), and SII. PMID:22516007

  16. Development of Vestibular Stochastic Resonance as a Sensorimotor Countermeasure: Improving Otolith Ocular and Motor Task Responses

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    Mulavara, Ajitkumar; Fiedler, Matthew; DeDios,Yiri E.; Galvan, Raquel; Bloomberg, Jacob; Wood, Scott

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    Astronauts experience disturbances in sensorimotor function after spaceflight during the initial introduction to a gravitational environment, especially after long-duration missions. Stochastic resonance (SR) is a mechanism by which noise can assist and enhance the response of neural systems to relevant, imperceptible sensory signals. We have previously shown that imperceptible electrical stimulation of the vestibular system enhances balance performance while standing on an unstable surface. The goal of our present study is to develop a countermeasure based on vestibular SR that could improve central interpretation of vestibular input and improve motor task responses to mitigate associated risks.

  17. Motor Neuron Diseases

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  19. Avaliação vestibular por videonistagmografia de portadores de deficiência crônica de zinco por síndrome do intestino curto Vestibular evaluation using videonystagmography of chronic zinc deficient patients due to short bowell syndrome

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    Gustavo Duarte Paiva Ferreira

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    Full Text Available A presença do elemento químico zinco na via auditiva e a sua provável participação na gênese de alguns tipos de disacusia estão bem documentadas, porém não há estudos funcionais que mostrem os impacto da deficiência sistêmica de zinco no sistema vestibular, nem estudos anatômicos descritivos comprovando a existência do íon nas estruturas da via vestibular. OBJETIVO: Este estudo foi realizado com o objetivo de relacionar a alteração na homeostase do zinco com anormalidades do funcionamento da via vestibular. MATERIAL E MÉTODOS: Este é um estudo de casos, retrospectivo, clínico, onde nove indivíduos portadores de deficiência crônica de zinco, entre outros distúrbios nutricionais, consequentes à síndrome de má absorção, foram submetidos à avaliação vestibular. Os resultados deste grupo foram comparados com os resultados de um grupo considerado normal do ponto de vista nutricional (grupo controle. RESULTADOS: Todos os parâmetros da análise vestibular do grupo experimental mostraram-se alterados em comparação com o grupo controle. CONCLUSÃO: A comparação entre os grupos mostrou diferenças significativas em diversos parâmetros da análise vestibular e chamou a atenção para uma possível participação das alterações disabsortivas na origem das desordens vestibulares.The presence of zinc in the auditory pathways and its probable participation in tinnitus and hearing loss are known facts, although there are no clinical trials and experimental studies showing the impact of hypozincemia in the vestibular system and zinc existence in the vestibular pathway, respectively. AIM: This study is an attempt to correlate hypozincemia and abnormal vestibular function. METHODS: This is a clinical retrospective case study where nine patients suffering of chronic zinc deficiency had their serum zinc determined and were submitted to videonystagmography. Results were compared to a normal (control group. RESULTS: All vestibular test parameters were altered when we compared experimental and control groups. CONCLUSION: Comparison between groups shows significant differences in many aspects of the vestibular analysis and calls our attention towards a possible participation of zinc on the genesis of vestibular disorders.

  20. Functional Imaging of Human Vestibular Cortex Activity Elicited by Skull Tap and Auditory Tone Burst

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    Noohi, F.; Kinnaird, C.; Wood, S.; Bloomberg, J.; Mulavara, A.; Seidler, R.

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    The current study characterizes brain activation in response to two modes of vestibular stimulation: skull tap and auditory tone burst. The auditory tone burst has been used in previous studies to elicit either the vestibulo-spinal reflex (saccular-mediated colic Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (cVEMP)), or the ocular muscle response (utricle-mediated ocular VEMP (oVEMP)). Some researchers have reported that air-conducted skull tap elicits both saccular and utricle-mediated VEMPs, while being faster and less irritating for the subjects. However, it is not clear whether the skull tap and auditory tone burst elicit the same pattern of cortical activity. Both forms of stimulation target the otolith response, which provides a measurement of vestibular function independent from semicircular canals. This is of high importance for studying otolith-specific deficits, including gait and balance problems that astronauts experience upon returning to earth. Previous imaging studies have documented activity in the anterior and posterior insula, superior temporal gyrus, inferior parietal lobule, inferior frontal gyrus, and the anterior cingulate cortex in response to different modes of vestibular stimulation. Here we hypothesized that skull taps elicit similar patterns of cortical activity as the auditory tone bursts, and previous vestibular imaging studies. Subjects wore bilateral MR compatible skull tappers and headphones inside the 3T GE scanner, while lying in the supine position, with eyes closed. Subjects received both forms of the stimulation in a counterbalanced fashion. Pneumatically powered skull tappers were placed bilaterally on the cheekbones. The vibration of the cheekbone was transmitted to the vestibular system, resulting in the vestibular cortical response. Auditory tone bursts were also delivered for comparison. To validate our stimulation method, we measured the ocular VEMP outside of the scanner. This measurement showed that both skull tap and auditory tone burst elicited vestibular evoked myogenic potentials, indicated by eye muscle responses. We further assessed subjects' postural control and its correlation with vestibular cortical activity. Our results provide the first evidence of using skull taps to elicit vestibular activity inside the MRI scanner. By conducting conjunction analyses we showed that skull taps elicit the same activation pattern as auditory tone bursts (superior temporal gyrus), and both modes of stimulation activate previously identified vestibular cortical regions. Additionally, we found that skull taps elicit more robust vestibular activity compared to auditory tone bursts, with less reported aversive effects. This further supports that the skull tap could replace auditory tone burst stimulation in clinical interventions and basic science research. Moreover, we observed that greater vestibular activation is associated with better balance control. We showed that not only the quality of balance (indicated by the amount of body sway) but also the ability to maintain balance for a longer time (indicated by the balance time) was associated with individuals' vestibular cortical excitability. Our findings support an association between vestibular cortical activity and individual differences in balance. In sum, we found that the skull tap stimulation results in activation of canonical vestibular cortex, suggesting an equally valid, but more tolerable stimulation method compared to auditory tone bursts. This is of high importance in longitudinal vestibular assessments, in which minimizing aversive effects may contribute to higher protocol adherence.

  1. Configuração das pregas vestibulares à fonação em adultos com e sem disfonia / Vestibular fold configuration during phonation in adults with and without dysphonia

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    Marcos Antônio, Nemetz; Paulo Augusto de Lima, Pontes; Vanessa Pedrosa, Vieira; Reinaldo Kazuo, Yazaki.

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    Full Text Available As pregas vestibulares participam da emissão vocal com mudanças evidentes de posição e forma durante este processo, porém pouco ou quase nada se conhece sobre o significado desta participação e como se iniciam estes movimentos ativos que mudam sua forma e contorno. Entendemos que o conhecimento da p [...] articipação das pregas vestibulares na fisiologia laríngea possa ter importante aplicação prática, pois permitirá avaliar melhor o comprometimento funcional em condições patológicas, o que auxiliará na definição de estratégias para o adequado tratamento. OBJETIVO: Estudar a configuração da prega vestibular durante a fonação (emissão sustentada do /µ/) comparando exames de indivíduos sem queixa vocal (grupo eufonia) com portadores de queixa de voz (grupo disfonia). FORMA DE ESTUDO: Coorte transversal simples. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Foram analisados 120 registros de imagens de laringes, sendo 60 de indivíduos eufônicos e 60 de disfônicos, constituído cada grupo de igual número de indivíduos em relação ao gênero. Foi identificada a posição da borda livre de prega vestibular em relação a uma reta que une as inserções anterior e posterior da mesma. Na dependência desta posição, foram descritos três tipos de configurações: côncava, quando estava em posição lateral, convexa quando em posição medial e linear quando paralela ou se sobrepunha. RESULTADOS: Das 240 pregas vestibulares, 158 eram côncavas, 41 convexas e 31 lineares. A forma côncava predominou nos dois grupos em relação às outras, porém as formas convexa e linear aumentaram no grupo disfonia. No feminino, a forma linear teve aumento significante no grupo disfonia, enquanto no masculino o aumento significante ocorreu na forma convexa. CONCLUSÃO: Existe diferença no comportamento da prega vestibular no grupo disfonia em relação à eufonia, sendo que esta diferença ocorre de forma diversa em relação aos gêneros. Abstract in english The real participation of the vestibular folds during phonation mechanism is unknown. How vestibular folds change their configuration during phonation is still unclear. Learning about these changes in the functional mechanism of vestibular fold would be helpful for the evaluation of pathological con [...] ditions. AIM: The objective of the present study was to analyze the configuration of laryngeal vestibular folds during phonation (sustained emission of vowel /µ/) by comparing exams of individuals without vocal complaints (the normal voice group) with those with vocal complaints. STUDY DESIGN: Transversal simple study. MATERIAL AND METHOD: 120 images of larynges were analyzed, 60 of normal voice individuals and 60 of dysphonic subjects, with equal gender distribution. The position of the free margin of the vestibular fold was identified in relation to a straight line that brought together the anterior and posterior insertions. Regarding this position, three types of configurations were described: concave, when it was in a lateral position, convex when it was in a medial position, and linear when it overlapped. RESULTS: Out of the 240 vestibular folds, 158 were concave, 41 convex and 31 linear. The concave form was predominant in both groups in relation to the other two forms, although the number of convex and linear forms increased in the dysphonic group. Analyzing the behavior of these forms in each gender we noticed that among women, the linear form was significantly increased in the dysphonic group, whereas among men there was significant increase in convex form. CONCLUSION: We concluded that there were differences in behavior of vestibular folds in the dysphonic group in relation to the normal voice group, and that the differences occurred differently in both gender groups.

  2. Potenciais miogênicos evocados vestibulares: metodologias de registro em homens e cobaias / Vestibular evoked myogenic potential: recording methods in humans and guinea pigs

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    Aline Cabral de, Oliveira; Ricardo, David; José Fernando, Colafêmina.

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    Full Text Available O potencial miogênico evocado vestibular (VEMP) é um teste clínico que avalia a função vestibular através de um reflexo vestíbulo-cervical inibitório captado nos músculos do corpo em resposta à estimulação acústica de alta intensidade. OBJETIVO: Verificar e analisar os diversos métodos de registro d [...] os potenciais miogênicos evocados vestibulares no homem e em cobaias. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Realizou-se busca eletrônica nas bases de dados MEDLINE, LILACS, SCIELO e COCHRANE. RESULTADOS: Foram verificadas divergências quanto às formas de registro dos potenciais miogênicos evocados vestibulares, relacionadas com os seguintes fatores: posição do paciente no momento do registro, tipo de estímulo sonoro utilizado (clicks ou tone bursts), parâmetros para a promediação dos estímulos (intensidade, freqüência, tempo de apresentação, filtros, ganho de amplificação das respostas e janelas para captação dos estímulos), tipo de fone utilizado e forma de apresentação dos estímulos (monoaural ou binaural, ipsi ou contralateral). CONCLUSÃO: Não existe consenso na literatura quanto ao melhor método de registro dos potenciais evocados miogênicos vestibulares, havendo necessidade de pesquisas mais específicas para comparação entre estes registros e a definição de um modelo padrão para a utilização na prática clínica. Abstract in english The vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP) is a clinical test that assess the vestibular function by means of an inhibitory vestibulo-neck reflex, recorded in body muscles in response to high intensity acoustic stimuli. AIM: To check and analyze the different methods used to record VEMPs in hum [...] ans and in guinea pigs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We researched the following databases: MEDLINE, LILACS, SCIELO and COCHRANE. RESULTS: we noticed discrepancies in relation to the ways used to record the vestibular evoked myogenic potentials in relation to the following factors: patient position at the time of recording, type of sound stimulus used (clicks or tone bursts), parameters for stimuli mediation (intensity, frequency, duration of presentation, filters, response amplification gain and windows for stimulus recording), type of phone used and way of stimulus presentation (mono or binaural, ipsi or contralateral). CONCLUSION: There is no consensus in the literature as to the best recording method for vestibular evoked myogenic potentials. We need more specific studies in order to compare these recordings and establish a standard model to use it in the clinical practice.

  3. Clinical classification and pathological findings of vestibular schwannoma requiring surgical therapy after stereotactic radiosurgery

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    The present study investigated imaging, intraoperative and pathological findings, and surgical indications and timing in 10 patients [5 men, 5 women; mean age, 52.3 years (range, 17-70 years)] with vestibular schwannoma who underwent surgical therapy due to poor radiotherapy-mediated tumor control; these included Gamma Knife (n=8), X-Knife (n=1) and proton beam (n=1) therapies. The mean period from radiotherapy endpoint until surgery was 63.3 months (range, 30-96 months) and patients were classified according to the time elapsed between radiotherapy and surgical therapy [≥2 to <5 years (n=4); ≥5 to <8 years (n=4); or ≥8 years (n=2)]. Surgical indications were classified into two groups: exacerbated or additional neurological symptoms caused by solid tumor component enlargement (n=2); and exacerbated or additional neurological symptoms with extraparenchymal extension of the tumor cyst (n=8). Imaging findings were classified as large cystic (LC; n=8), multi-micro cystic (MC; n=2), or solid component enlargement (SC; n=0) types. Pathological findings revealed no malignant changes in any patient, and primary pathological conditions comprised radiotherapy-induced exacerbation of vascular occlusion and permeability. MC patients presented marked hemosiderosis and recurrent small hemorrhage was predicted. Intraoperative findings included marked adhesions with peripheral neurons and the cerebellum, as well as arachnoid thickening, rendering complete resection difficult. Decompression surgery was relatively straightforward for LC, which presents little bleeding, but it was challenging for MC due to its hemorrhagic nature. SC cases have been previously reported, but were not found in the present study, which had an inclusion criterion of ≥2 years follow-up after radiotherapy. Other than a single case that became malignant, all of the previously reported cases were within 2 years of radiotherapy and transient swelling may have been present. (author)

  4. [T-lymphocyte subpopulation and HLA-DR antigens in hearing loss of vestibular neuropathy, Ménière's diseases and Bell's palsy].

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    Bumm, P; Müller, E C; Grimm-Müller, U; Schlimok, G

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    In patients with various otoneurological diseases like hearing loss, neuronitis vestibularis, Ménière's disease and Bell's palsy, analyses concerning the immunoregulation and immunogenetics were done. For analysing the immunoregulation the T-helper (CD4) T-suppressor (CD8) ratio was determined. In contrast to patients with hearing loss caused by otobasal fractures and a healty control group, this ratio was elevated in 50% of the patients suffering from hearing loss. The elevation of the CD4/CD8 ratio was mainly caused by a reduction of CD8 positive cytotoxic-suppressor T-lymphocytes. The CD4/CD8 ratio may be of prognostic value, since an elevated ratio was found more often in patients with relapse of hearing loss, fluctuations, persistence of tinnitus or vestibular symptoms. An elevated ratio could also be detected in 48% of the patients with neuronitis vestibularis, in 50% of the patients with Ménière's disease and in 39% of the patients with Bell's palsy. A normal value was found in paralysis of the facial nerve of known origin like a state after trauma or after herpes zoster oticus paralysis. Immunogenetics was tested by HLA-DR typing. In patients with hearing loss HLA-DR4 antigen was distinctly increased, the relative risk was 2.8. The presence of the HLA-DR4 antigen proved to be an unfavourable sign, since in 44% of the patients presenting these antigens we found no improvement of the hearing. In patients with neuronitis vestibularis we found a relative risk of 3.12 and in patients with Ménière's disease a relative risk of 3.64, both for HLA-DR4.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:2064703

  5. Influence of combined visual and vestibular cues on human perception and control of horizontal rotation

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    Zacharias, G. L.; Young, L. R.

    1981-01-01

    Measurements are made of manual control performance in the closed-loop task of nulling perceived self-rotation velocity about an earth-vertical axis. Self-velocity estimation is modeled as a function of the simultaneous presentation of vestibular and peripheral visual field motion cues. Based on measured low-frequency operator behavior in three visual field environments, a parallel channel linear model is proposed which has separate visual and vestibular pathways summing in a complementary manner. A dual-input describing function analysis supports the complementary model; vestibular cues dominate sensation at higher frequencies. The describing function model is extended by the proposal of a nonlinear cue conflict model, in which cue weighting depends on the level of agreement between visual and vestibular cues.

  6. Vestibular, proprioceptive, and haptic contributions to spatial orientation.

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    Lackner, James R; DiZio, Paul

    2005-01-01

    The control and perception of body orientation and motion are subserved by multiple sensory and motor mechanisms ranging from relatively simple, peripheral mechanisms to complex ones involving the highest levels of cognitive function and sensory-motor integration. Vestibular contributions to body orientation and to spatial localization of auditory and visual stimuli have long been recognized. These contributions are reviewed here along with new insights relating to sensory-motor calibration of the body gained from space flight, parabolic flight, and artificial gravity environments. Recently recognized contributions of proprioceptive and somatosensory signals to the appreciation of body orientation and configuration are described. New techniques for stabilizing posture by means of haptic touch and for studying and modeling postural mechanisms are reviewed. Path integration, place cells, and head direction cells are described along with implications for using immersive virtual environments for training geographic spatial knowledge of real environments. PMID:15709931

  7. Sociodemographic factors and vestibular schwannoma: a Danish nationwide cohort study

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    Schüz, Joachim; Steding-Jessen, Marianne; Hansen, Søren; Stangerup, Sven-Eric; Cayé-Thomasen, Per; Johansen, Christoffer

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    308 974 person-years under risk, with data accrued from 1993 to 2006. Complete ascertainment of cases was ensured by using population-based and clinical cancer registries. Information on sociodemographic indicators was obtained on an annually updated individual level from Statistics Denmark. Log......Vestibular schwannoma (VS) (or acoustic neuroma) accounts for about 5%-6% of all intracranial tumors; little is known about the etiology. We investigated the association between various sociodemographic indicators and VS in a cohort of 3.26 million Danish residents, with 1087 cases identified in 35.......49-0.78) for men and 0.62 (95% CI: 0.50-0.77) for women with a basic education compared with a higher education. Similar results were found for disposable income. Marital status was associated with a higher incidence of VS in men but not women; nonmarried men with a basic education had an IRR of 0.34 (95% CI...

  8. Proposed treatment for geriatric vestibular disease in dogs.

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    Kraeling, Margaret

    2014-03-01

    Sudden-onset vestibular dysfunction in the canine is a commonly seen condition in veterinary practice, with some veterinarians reporting several cases each month. However, traditional veterinary medicine has little to offer these patients other than symptomatic relief for the severe nausea that accompanies the vertigo and supportive advice for the owners. Owners of affected dogs are informed that these symptoms usually resolve within a few days. As physical therapists, we often see cases of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo in our human practice clinics, and effective protocols for diagnosis and treatment of the condition have been developed for this condition. A modified testing and repositioning postural maneuver used successfully on 12 canine patients in our canine rehabilitation clinic (The Canine Fitness Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is hereby described. PMID:25103883

  9. The nasal vestibular body: anatomy, clinical features, and treatment considerations.

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    Locketz, Garrett D; Teo, Neville W; Walgama, Evan; Humphreys, Ian M; Nayak, Jayakar V

    2016-03-01

    Nasal obstruction is a common presenting complaint, with many possible etiologies. Herein, we provide an introductory anatomic description, clinical relevance, and proposed nomenclature for an underappreciated soft tissue focus in the nasal vestibule-the nasal vestibular body (NVB)-that can contribute to nasal obstruction in a subset of patients. This is a small mound of dynamic soft tissue in the lateral aspect of the internal nasal valve, situated inferior and anterior to the head of the inferior turbinate that can be missed on routine examination for many salient reasons. In well-selected patients, whose symptoms of nasal obstruction may in part be secondary to the presence of this soft tissue focus, directed testing and tissue reduction can be performed. PMID:26825801

  10. Focal myoclonus following vestibular concussion: A diagnostic and treatment perspective.

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    Nathan David Keiser

    2015-10-01

    Interventions and Outcomes: A case specific intensive multi-modal neuro-rehabilitation protocol was designed including a modified anterior canal repositioning maneuver, vestibular rehabilitation, neuromuscular reeducation, electrical stimulation and spinal manipulative thereapy over an initial 2 day period, with a 5 day follow-up after a period of two months. Post-treatment findings revealed an attenuation of his myoclonus, dizziness, arm pain and vertigo. No nystagmus was observed in occluded vision, gaze, pursuits and OKR were normal. Improvements were also seen in gait and rapid alternating movements in the upper and lower extremities among other findings. Conclusions: Utilizing findings from a functional neurological exam, an individual protocol of intensive multi-modal neuro-rehabilitation was devised and implemented. Following the execution of the protocol he had an improvement in symptomatology and neurological findings. With further investigation, it may provide a therapeutic approach for other individuals with focal myoclonus.

  11. Calcification of vestibular schwannoma: a case report and literature review

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    Zhang Yang

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Calcification rarely occurs in vestibular schwannoma (VS, and only seven cases of calcified VS have been reported in the literature. Here, we report a 48-year-old man with VS, who had a history of progressive left-sided hearing loss for 3 years. Neurological examination revealed that he had left-sided hearing loss and left cerebellar ataxia. Magnetic resonance imaging and computerized tomography angiography showed a mass with calcification in the left cerebellopontine angle (CPA. The tumor was successfully removed via suboccipital craniotomy, and postoperative histopathology showed that the tumor was a schwannoma. We reviewed seven cases of calcified VS that were previously reported in the literature, and we analyzed and summarized the characteristics of these tumors, including the calcification, texture, and blood supply. We conclude that calcification in VS is associated with its texture and blood supply, and these characteristics affect the surgical removal of the tumor.

  12. Fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy of Vestibular Schwannomas Accelerates Hearing Loss

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    Objective: To evaluate long-term tumor control and hearing preservation rates in patients with vestibular schwannoma treated with fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (FSRT), comparing hearing preservation rates to an untreated control group. The relationship between radiation dose to the cochlea and hearing preservation was also investigated. Methods and Materials: Forty-two patients receiving FSRT between 1997 and 2008 with a minimum follow-up of 2 years were included. All patients received 54 Gy in 27-30 fractions during 5.5-6.0 weeks. Clinical and audiometry data were collected prospectively. From a “wait-and-scan” group, 409 patients were selected as control subjects, matched by initial audiometric parameters. Radiation dose to the cochlea was measured using the original treatment plan and then related to changes in acoustic parameters. Results: Actuarial 2-, 4-, and 10-year tumor control rates were 100%, 91.5%, and 85.0%, respectively. Twenty-one patients had serviceable hearing before FSRT, 8 of whom (38%) retained serviceable hearing at 2 years after FSRT. No patients retained serviceable hearing after 10 years. At 2 years, hearing preservation rates in the control group were 1.8 times higher compared with the group receiving FSRT (P=.007). Radiation dose to the cochlea was significantly correlated to deterioration of the speech reception threshold (P=.03) but not to discrimination loss. Conclusion: FSRT accelerates the naturally occurring hearing loss in patients with vestibular schwannoma. Our findings, using fractionation of radiotherapy, parallel results using single-dose radiation. The radiation dose to the cochlea is correlated to hearing loss measured as the speech reception threshold.

  13. Fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy of Vestibular Schwannomas Accelerates Hearing Loss

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    Rasmussen, Rune, E-mail: rune333@gmail.com [Department of Neurosurgery, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (Denmark); Claesson, Magnus [Department of Neurosurgery, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (Denmark); Stangerup, Sven-Eric [Ear, Nose, and Throat Department, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (Denmark); Roed, Henrik [Department of Radiation Oncology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (Denmark); Christensen, Ib Jarle [Finsen Laboratory, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (Denmark); Caye-Thomasen, Per [Ear, Nose, and Throat Department, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (Denmark); Juhler, Marianne [Department of Neurosurgery, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (Denmark)

    2012-08-01

    Objective: To evaluate long-term tumor control and hearing preservation rates in patients with vestibular schwannoma treated with fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (FSRT), comparing hearing preservation rates to an untreated control group. The relationship between radiation dose to the cochlea and hearing preservation was also investigated. Methods and Materials: Forty-two patients receiving FSRT between 1997 and 2008 with a minimum follow-up of 2 years were included. All patients received 54 Gy in 27-30 fractions during 5.5-6.0 weeks. Clinical and audiometry data were collected prospectively. From a 'wait-and-scan' group, 409 patients were selected as control subjects, matched by initial audiometric parameters. Radiation dose to the cochlea was measured using the original treatment plan and then related to changes in acoustic parameters. Results: Actuarial 2-, 4-, and 10-year tumor control rates were 100%, 91.5%, and 85.0%, respectively. Twenty-one patients had serviceable hearing before FSRT, 8 of whom (38%) retained serviceable hearing at 2 years after FSRT. No patients retained serviceable hearing after 10 years. At 2 years, hearing preservation rates in the control group were 1.8 times higher compared with the group receiving FSRT (P=.007). Radiation dose to the cochlea was significantly correlated to deterioration of the speech reception threshold (P=.03) but not to discrimination loss. Conclusion: FSRT accelerates the naturally occurring hearing loss in patients with vestibular schwannoma. Our findings, using fractionation of radiotherapy, parallel results using single-dose radiation. The radiation dose to the cochlea is correlated to hearing loss measured as the speech reception threshold.

  14. Vestibular dysfunction, altered macular structure and trait localization in A/J inbred mice.

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    Vijayakumar, Sarath; Lever, Teresa E; Pierce, Jessica; Zhao, Xing; Bergstrom, David; Lundberg, Yunxia Wang; Jones, Timothy A; Jones, Sherri M

    2015-04-01

    A/J mice develop progressive hearing loss that begins before 1 month of age and is attributed to cochlear hair cell degeneration. Screening tests indicated that this strain also develops early onset vestibular dysfunction and has otoconial deficits. The purpose of this study was to characterize the vestibular dysfunction and macular structural pathology over the lifespan of A/J mice. Vestibular function was measured using linear vestibular evoked potentials (VsEPs). Macular structural pathology was evaluated using light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, confocal microscopy and Western blotting. Individually, vestibular functional deficits in mice ranged from mild to profound. On average, A/J mice had significantly reduced vestibular sensitivity (elevated VsEP response thresholds and smaller amplitudes), whereas VsEP onset latency was prolonged compared to age-matched controls (C57BL/6). A limited age-related vestibular functional loss was also present. Structural analysis identified marked age-independent otoconial abnormalities in concert with some stereociliary bundle defects. Macular epithelia were incompletely covered by otoconial membranes with significantly reduced opacity and often contained abnormally large or giant otoconia as well as normal-appearing otoconia. Elevated expression of key otoconins (i.e., otoconin 90, otolin and keratin sulfate proteoglycan) ruled out the possibility of reduced levels contributing to otoconial dysgenesis. The phenotype of A/J was partially replicated in a consomic mouse strain (C57BL/6J-Chr 17(A/J)/NaJ), thus indicating that Chr 17(A/J) contained a trait locus for a new gene variant responsible to some extent for the A/J vestibular phenotype. Quantitative trait locus analysis identified additional epistatic influences associated with chromosomes 1, 4, 9 and X. Results indicate that the A/J phenotype represents a complex trait, and the A/J mouse strain presents a new model for the study of mechanisms underlying otoconial formation and maintenance. PMID:25645995

  15. Visual-vestibular cue integration for heading perception: Applications of optimal cue integration theory

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    Fetsch, Christopher R.; DEANGELIS, GREGORY C.; Angelaki, Dora E.

    2010-01-01

    The perception of self-motion is crucial for navigation, spatial orientation, and motor control. In particular, estimation of one’s direction of translation, or heading, relies heavily on multisensory integration in most natural situations. Visual and non-visual (e.g., vestibular) information can be used to judge heading, but each modality alone is often insufficient for accurate performance. It is not surprising, then, that visual and vestibular signals converge frequently in the nervous sys...

  16. Vestibular Function in the Temporal and Parietal Cortex: Distinct Velocity and Inertial Processing Pathways

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    Jocelyne Ventre-Dominey

    2014-01-01

    A number of behavioural and neuroimaging studies have reported converging data in favour of a cortical network for vestibular function, distributed between the temporo-parietal cortex and the prefrontal cortex in the primate. In this review, we focus on the role of the cerebral cortex in visuo-vestibular integration including the motion sensitive temporo-occipital areas i.e. the middle superior temporal area (MST) and the parietal cortex. Indeed these two neighbouring cortical regions, thou...

  17. Vestibular inputs elicit patterned changes in limb blood flow in conscious cats.

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    Wilson, T D; Cotter, L A; Draper, J A; Misra, S P; Rice, C D; Cass, S P; Yates, B J

    2006-09-01

    Previous experiments have demonstrated that the vestibular system contributes to regulating sympathetic nervous system activity, particularly the discharges of vasoconstrictor fibres. In the present study, we examined the physiological significance of vestibulosympathetic responses by comparing blood flow and vascular resistance in the forelimb and hindlimb during head-up tilt from the prone position before and after the removal of vestibular inputs through a bilateral vestibular neurectomy. Experiments were performed on conscious cats that were trained to remain sedentary on a tilt table during rotations up to 60 deg in amplitude. Blood flow through the femoral and brachial arteries was recorded during whole-body tilt using perivascular probes; blood pressure was recorded using a telemetry system and vascular resistance was calculated from blood pressure and blood flow measurements. In vestibular-intact animals, 60 deg head-up tilt produced approximately 20% decrease in femoral blood flow and approximately 37% increase in femoral vascular resistance relative to baseline levels before tilt; similar effects were also observed for the brachial artery ( approximately 25% decrease in blood flow and approximately 38% increase in resistance). Following the removal of vestibular inputs, brachial blood flow and vascular resistance during head-up tilt were almost unchanged. In contrast, femoral vascular resistance increased only approximately 6% from baseline during 60 deg head-up rotation delivered in the first week after elimination of vestibular signals and approximately 16% in the subsequent 3-week period (as opposed to the approximately 37% increase in resistance that occurred before lesion). These data demonstrate that vestibular inputs associated with postural alterations elicit regionally specific increases in vascular resistance that direct blood flow away from the region of the body where blood pooling may occur. Thus, the data support the hypothesis that vestibular influences on the cardiovascular system serve to protect against the occurrence of orthostatic hypotension. PMID:16809368

  18. Manual therapy with and without vestibular rehabilitation for cervicogenic dizziness: a systematic review

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    Lystad Reidar P; Bell Gregory; Bonnevie-Svendsen Martin; Carter Catherine V

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background Manual therapy is an intervention commonly advocated in the management of dizziness of a suspected cervical origin. Vestibular rehabilitation exercises have been shown to be effective in the treatment of unilateral peripheral vestibular disorders, and have also been suggested in the literature as an adjunct in the treatment of cervicogenic dizziness. The purpose of this systematic review is to evaluate the evidence for manual therapy, in conjunction with or without vestibu...

  19. Manual therapy with and without vestibular rehabilitation for cervicogenic dizziness: a systematic review

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    Lystad Reidar P

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Manual therapy is an intervention commonly advocated in the management of dizziness of a suspected cervical origin. Vestibular rehabilitation exercises have been shown to be effective in the treatment of unilateral peripheral vestibular disorders, and have also been suggested in the literature as an adjunct in the treatment of cervicogenic dizziness. The purpose of this systematic review is to evaluate the evidence for manual therapy, in conjunction with or without vestibular rehabilitation, in the management of cervicogenic dizziness. Methods A comprehensive search was conducted in the databases Scopus, Mantis, CINHAL and the Cochrane Library for terms related to manual therapy, vestibular rehabilitation and cervicogenic dizziness. Included studies were assessed using the Maastricht-Amsterdam criteria. Results A total of fifteen articles reporting findings from thirteen unique investigations, including five randomised controlled trials and eight prospective, non-controlled cohort studies were included in this review. The methodological quality of the included studies was generally poor to moderate. All but one study reported improvement in dizziness following either unimodal or multimodal manual therapy interventions. Some studies reported improvements in postural stability, joint positioning, range of motion, muscle tenderness, neck pain and vertebrobasilar artery blood flow velocity. Discussion Although it has been argued that manual therapy combined with vestibular rehabilitation may be superior in the treatment of cervicogenic dizziness, there are currently no observational and experimental studies demonstrating such effects. A rationale for combining manual therapy and vestibular rehabilitation in the management of cervicogenic dizziness is presented. Conclusion There is moderate evidence to support the use of manual therapy, in particular spinal mobilisation and manipulation, for cervicogenic dizziness. The evidence for combining manual therapy and vestibular rehabilitation in the management of cervicogenic dizziness is lacking. Further research to elucidate potential synergistic effects of manual therapy and vestibular rehabilitation is strongly recommended.

  20. Adaptations of the vestibular system to short and long-term exposures to altered gravity

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    Bruce, L. L.

    2003-10-01

    Long-term space flight creates unique environmental conditions to which the vestibular system must adapt for optimal survival of a given organism. The development and maintenance of vestibular connections are controlled by environmental gravitational stimulation as well as genetically controlled molecular interactions. This paper describes the effects of hypergravity on axonal growth and dendritic morphology, respectively. Two aspects of this vestibular adaptation are examined: (1) How does long-term exposure to hypergravity affect the development of vestibular axons? (2) How does short-term exposure to extremely rapid changes in gravity, such as those that occur during shuttle launch and landing, affect dendrites of the vestibulocerebellar system? To study the effects of longterm exposures to altered gravity, embryonic rats that developed in hypergravity were compared to microgravity-exposed and control rats. Examination of the vestibular projections from epithelia devoted to linear and angular acceleration revealed that the terminal fields segregate differently in rat embryos that gestated in each of the gravitational environments.To study the effects of short-term exposures to altered gravity, mice were exposed briefly to strong vestibular stimuli and the vestibulocerebellum was examined for any resulting morphological changes. My data show that these stimuli cause intense vestibular excitation of cerebellar Purkinje cells, which induce up-regulation of clathrin-mediated endocytosis and other morphological changes that are comparable to those seen in long-term depression. This system provides a basis for studying how the vestibular environment can modify cerebellar function, allowing animals to adapt to new environments.

  1. Development of a closed-loop neural prosthesis for vestibular disorders

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    Di Giovanna J.; Gong W; Haburcakova C.; Kögler V.; Carpaneto J.; Genovese V.; Merfeld D.; Demosthenous A.; Guyot J.P.; Hoffmann K.P.; Berthoz A.; Morari M.; Micera S.

    2010-01-01

    Vestibular disorders can cause severe problems including spatial disorientation, imbalance, nausea, visual blurring, and even cognitive deficits. The CLONS project is developing a closed-loop, sensory neural prosthesis to alleviate these symptoms [1]. In this article, we outline the different components necessary to develop this prosthetic. A short version of this work was presented in the NEUREL 2010 [1]. Conceptually, the prosthesis restores vestibular information based on inertial se...

  2. Vestibular stimulation after head injury: effect on reaction times and motor speech parameters

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    Engberg, A

    1989-01-01

    Earlier studies by other authors indicate that vestibular stimulation may improve attention and dysarthria in head injured patients. In the present study of five severely head injured patients and five controls, the effect of vestibular stimulation on reaction times (reflecting attention) and some motor speech parameters (reflecting dysarthria) was investigated. After eight weeks with regular stimulation, it was concluded that reaction time changes were individual and consistent for a given subj...

  3. The Impact of Hypotension due to the Trigeminocardiac Reflex on Auditory Function in Vestibular Schwannoma Surgery

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    Koerbel, Andrei

    2005-01-01

    Objective. To study the impact of the trigeminocardiac reflex (TCR) on postoperative auditory function in vestibular schwannoma surgery. Surgery for vestibular schwannomas (acoustic neuromas) and other procedures close to the fifth cranial nerve at its intra- or extracranial course may lead to patient?s bradycardia or even asystolia along with arterial hypotension. This phenomenon is described as the TCR. Clinical Material and Methods. One hundred subsequent patients scheduled for vesti...

  4. Use of Virtual Reality Tools for Vestibular Disorders Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Analysis

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    Mathieu Bergeron; Catherine L. Lortie; Guitton, Matthieu J.

    2015-01-01

    Classical peripheral vestibular disorders rehabilitation is a long and costly process. While virtual reality settings have been repeatedly suggested to represent possible tools to help the rehabilitation process, no systematic study had been conducted so far. We systematically reviewed the current literature to analyze the published protocols documenting the use of virtual reality settings for peripheral vestibular disorders rehabilitation. There is an important diversity of settings and prot...

  5. Characterization of Vestibular Dysfunction in the Mouse Model for Usher Syndrome 1F

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    Alagramam, Kumar N; Stahl, John S; Jones, Sherri M.; Pawlowski, Karen S.; Wright, Charles G

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    The deaf-circling Ames waltzer (av) mouse harbors a mutation in the protocadherin 15 (Pcdh15) gene and is a model for inner ear defects associated with Usher syndrome type 1F. Earlier studies showed altered cochlear hair cell morphology in young av mice. In contrast, no structural abnormality consistent with significant vestibular dysfunction in young av mice was observed. Light and scanning electron microscopic studies showed that vestibular hair cells from presumptive null alleles Pcdh15av-...

  6. The vestibular implant: Frequency-dependency of the electrically evoked Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex in humans

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    Raymond Van De Berg

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    A strong and significant effect of frequency was observed in the total peak eye velocity of the eVOR. This effect was similar to that observed in the “natural” VOR. Other characteristics of the (eVOR (angle, habituation-index, and asymmetry showed no significant frequency-dependent effect. In conclusion, this study demonstrates that, at least at the specific (limited frequency range tested, responses elicited by a vestibular implant closely mimic the frequency-dependency of the “normal” vestibular system.

  7. Premotor neurons encode torsional eye velocity during smooth-pursuit eye movements

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    Angelaki, Dora E.; Dickman, J. David

    2003-01-01

    Responses to horizontal and vertical ocular pursuit and head and body rotation in multiple planes were recorded in eye movement-sensitive neurons in the rostral vestibular nuclei (VN) of two rhesus monkeys. When tested during pursuit through primary eye position, the majority of the cells preferred either horizontal or vertical target motion. During pursuit of targets that moved horizontally at different vertical eccentricities or vertically at different horizontal eccentricities, eye angular velocity has been shown to include a torsional component the amplitude of which is proportional to half the gaze angle ("half-angle rule" of Listing's law). Approximately half of the neurons, the majority of which were characterized as "vertical" during pursuit through primary position, exhibited significant changes in their response gain and/or phase as a function of gaze eccentricity during pursuit, as if they were also sensitive to torsional eye velocity. Multiple linear regression analysis revealed a significant contribution of torsional eye movement sensitivity to the responsiveness of the cells. These findings suggest that many VN neurons encode three-dimensional angular velocity, rather than the two-dimensional derivative of eye position, during smooth-pursuit eye movements. Although no clear clustering of pursuit preferred-direction vectors along the semicircular canal axes was observed, the sensitivity of VN neurons to torsional eye movements might reflect a preservation of similar premotor coding of visual and vestibular-driven slow eye movements for both lateral-eyed and foveate species.

  8. Reabilitação vestibular em pacientes idosos portadores de vertigem posicional paroxística benigna

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    Resende Carolina R.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available A Vertigem Posicional Paroxística Benigna (VPPB é um distúrbio vestibular no qual os pacientes relatam breves momentos de vertigem e/ou leve instabilidade postural, ocasionados por uma mudança brusca na movimentação cefálica ou corporal. OBJETIVO: Verificar o benefício da reabilitação vestibular, realizada em grupo, em pacientes idosos portadores de VPPB. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Clínico prospectivo. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Foram selecionados aleatoriamente 16 pacientes portadores de VPPB, todos medicados com extrato de Gingko-biloba (40mg de 12/12h durante 30 dias. Oito deles, que formaram o Grupo Experimental, além do medicamento, foram submetidos à reabilitação vestibular e oito compuseram o Grupo Controle que não realizaram nenhum tipo de exercício. Para avaliação do benefício aplicamos a Escala de Atividades de Vida Diária e Desordens Vestibulares proposta por Cohen e Kimball. Para a análise estatística utilizamos o teste t-student. CONCLUSÃO: Nossos resultados apontaram benefício promovido pela reabilitação vestibular em grupo no tratamento de idosos portadores de VPPB; a avaliação qualitativa mostrou-se instrumento importante para a avaliação de benefício para o tratamento proposto; e a reabilitação vestibular em grupo mostrou ser uma excelente estratégia terapêutica.

  9. Gamma Knife radiosurgery for vestibular schwannoma: case report and review of the literature

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    Fairbanks Robert K

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Vestibular schwannomas, also called acoustic neuromas, are benign tumors of the vestibulocochlear nerve. Patients with these tumours almost always present with signs of hearing loss, and many also experience tinnitus, vertigo, and equilibrium problems. Following diagnosis with contrast enhanced MRI, patients may choose to observe the tumour with subsequent scans or seek active treatment in the form of microsurgery, radiosurgery, or radiotherapy. Unfortunately, definitive guidelines for treating vestibular schwannomas are lacking, because of insufficient evidence comparing the outcomes of therapeutic modalities. We present a contemporary case report, describing the finding of a vestibular schwannoma in a patient who presented with dizziness and a "clicking" sensation in the ear, but no hearing deficit. Audible clicking is a symptom that, to our knowledge, has not been associated with vestibular schwannoma in the literature. We discuss the diagnosis and patient's decision-making process, which led to treatment with Gamma Knife radiosurgery. Treatment resulted in an excellent radiographic response and complete hearing preservation. This case highlights an atypical presentation of vestibular schwannoma, associated with audible "clicks" and normal hearing. We also provide a concise review of the available literature on modern vestibular schwannoma treatment, which may be useful in guiding treatment decisions.

  10. [Postoperative facial and vestibular nerve palsy: experimental study of its pathophysiological mechanisms].

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    Sekiya, T; Okabe, S; Hatayama, T; Iwabuchi, T; Takiguchi, M

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    The 7th and 8th cranial nerves were shifted in the cerebellopontine (CP) angle of dogs by cerebellar retractions that were similar to those performed in humans with monitoring of auditory evoked brainstem responses (ABR). Postoperatively, the vestibular, facial nerves, and brainstem were histologically examined. Caudal-to-rostral shifts of the nerves could induce vestibular and/or facial nerve damages. The most vulnerable portion of the vestibular nerve was located between the vestibular ganglions and the area vestibularis-the most lateral end of the internal auditory canal. This indicated that due to traction force derived from surgical interventions, the nerves and vessels were avulsed at the fundus of the internal auditory canal. The vestibular nerve may be potentially injured more easily and frequently than the cochlear and facial nerves in retromastoid craniectomies with lateral decubitus position in humans. Direct injuries of the facial nerves in the CP angles were not observed in this study. It was elucidated that the facial nerve was usually injured in the facial canal proximal to the geniculate ganglion due to traction force derived from manipulations in the CP angle. It is likely that as facial nerve edema progresses postoperatively, the facial nerve is gradually compressed within the narrow labyrinthine portion of the facial canal. This may be the cause of delayed postoperative facial nerve palsy. The importance to recognize how not only cochlear but also vestibular and facial nerve are injured by the usual manipulations in the CP angle is stressed. PMID:2357413

  11. Proposta de um protocolo para reabilitação vestibular em vestibulopatias periféricas / Protocol's proposal for vestibular rehabilitation in outlying vestibulopatia

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    Adriana Roberta Degressi, Rogatto; Laira, Pedroso; Sara Regina Meira, Almeida; Telma Dagmar, Oberg.

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A reabilitação vestibular tem sido reconhecida como tratamento de escolha para pacientes com persistência da vertigem, por causa da disfunção vestibular periférica, proporcionando acentuada melhora na qualidade de vida. Dentre os tratamentos indicados, tem-se os exercícios de Cawthorne e [...] Cooksey, integração sensorial e plataformas com movimentação corpórea. OBJETIVO: O objetivo da pesquisa foi criar um protocolo de exercícios em um balanço, associando os exercícios de Cawthorne e Cooksey à Integração Sensorial. METODOLOGIA: Foi desenvolvido um relato de caso para avaliar uma paciente por meio das seguintes escalas: Escala de Equilíbrio de Berg e Dynamic Gait Índex (DGI) para verificar o equilíbrio; Five Times Sit-to-Stand (FTSTS) para avaliar a atividade de sentar e levantar; Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI) para verificar sintomas de vertigem; Escala de Sintomas após Tratamento Fisioterapêutico (ESATF), que gradua a sintomatologia após exercícios. Foi desenvolvido um protocolo associando as duas técnicas, nas quais os exercícios oculares, cefálicos e de tronco eram associados ao balanço. Foram realizadas 10 das 20 sessões previstas, por causa da frequência irregular do paciente às sessões. RESULTADOS: O paciente melhorou de 19 para 22 pontos na DGI, manteve a pontuação na Berg e melhorou de 74 para 67 pontos na DHI. Na escala FTSTS, diminuiu o tempo de 15 para 14 segundos para realizar atividade de sentar e levantar. Na ESATF, houve oscilação da pontuação. CONCLUSÕES: Após o tratamento, a paciente manteve e obteve melhora no equilíbrio e na capacidade funcional e diminuiu o tempo gasto para realizar a atividade de sentar e levantar cinco vezes de uma cadeira com os membros superiores cruzados. Estudos adicionais com o protocolo proposto devem ser realizados, com um número maior de pacientes e maior assiduidade para haver habituação e reabilitação mais precoce. Abstract in english INTRODUCTION: Vestibular rehabilitation has been recognized as a treatment of choice for patients with persistent vertigo due to peripheral vestibular dysfunction, providing significant improvements in quality of life. Among the treatments listed have been exercises Cawthorne and Cooksey, sensory in [...] tegration and body-moving platforms. OBJECTIVE: The research objective was to invent the protocol of exercises in balance with the exercises of Cawthorne and Cooksey associated to the Sensory Integrative. METHOD: It was developed a pilot case, where was evaluated in the patient the balance for the Scale of Balance of Berg and Dynamic Gait Index (DGI); Five Times Sit-to-Stand (FTSTS), that evaluate the activity to sit down and to get up; Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI) that evaluate symptoms of vertigo; Scale of Symptoms after Physiotherapeutic Treatment (ESATF), graduates the symptoms after exercises. It was developed a protocol associating 2 techniques, which the ocular exercises, cephalic and of trunk were associated to the swinging. 10 of 20 sessions were accomplished, due to the patient's little regular attendance. RESULTS: Patient obtained improvement from 19 to 22 in DGI; maintained the points of the Berg; she improved from 74 to 67 in DHI. In scale FTSTS she decreased the time from 15 to 14 seconds to accomplish activities of to sit down and to get up. In ESATF it happened oscillate in punctuation. CONCLUSION: After the treatment, the patient obtained an improvement in the appraised balance and improvement of the functional capacity, and she reduced the time spend to accomplish the activity of to sit down and to get up five times of a chair with the crossed arms. Additional studies with the proposed protocol should be accomplished, with a larger number of patients and regular attendance to have a faster adaptation.

  12. Betahistine in the treatment of tinnitus in patients with vestibular disorders Betaistina no tratamento do zumbido em pacientes com distúrbios vestibulares

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    Maurício Malavasi Ganança

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Betahistine is a medicine used to treat vestibular disorders that has also been used to treat tinnitus. AIM: To assess the effects of betahistine on tinnitus in patients with vestibular disorders. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Retrospective data were collected from patient records for individuals presenting with vestibular dysfunction and tinnitus. Patients included had received betahistine 48 mg/day and clinical outcomes were compared with a control group comprising individuals who were unable to receive betahistine due to gastritis, ulcers, pregnancy, asthma or hypersensitivity to the drug. Patients underwent control of any aggravating factors and also standard vestibular exercises as a basis for treatment. The intensity, frequency and duration of tinnitus were assessed on the first day of dosing and after 120 days of treatment. Clinical improvement was defined as a total or partial reduction of tinnitus after treatment. RESULTS: Clinical improvement was observed in 80/262 (30. 5% of patients treated with betahistine and 43/252 (17. 1% of control patients. Betahistine significantly (pA betaistina é um medicamento utilizado no tratamento de distúrbios da função vestibular, que também tem sido utilizado para tratar o zumbido. OBJETIVO: Avaliar o efeito da betaistina sobre o zumbido de pacientes com distúrbios vestibulares. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Foram coletados dados retrospectivos de pacientes com vestibulopatia e zumbido. Os pacientes incluídos receberam 48 mg/dia de betaistina ao dia e os resultados clínicos foram comparados com os de um grupo controle, que incluiu indivíduos impossibilitados de receber betaistina devido à gastrite, úlceras, gravidez, asma ou hipersensibilidade ao medicamento. Os pacientes realizaram controle de fatores agravantes e exercícios de reabilitação vestibular, como tratamento de base para a vestibulopatia. A intensidade, frequência e duração do zumbido foram avaliadas no primeiro dia e após 120 dias de tratamento. A melhora clínica foi definida pela redução total ou parcial do zumbido após o tratamento. RESULTADOS: Observou-se melhora clínica do zumbido em 80/262 (30,5% dos pacientes tratados com a betaistina e em 43/252 (17,1% pacientes do grupo controle. A betaistina melhorou significativamente (p<0.0001 o zumbido nos indivíduos tratados. CONCLUSÃO: A dose de 48 mg/dia de betaistina durante 120 dias consecutivos é útil na redução ou eliminação do zumbido de pacientes com distúrbios vestibulares

  13. Síndrome do aqueduto vestibular alargado: relato de 3 casos e revisão bibliográfica / Enlarged vestibular aqueduct syndrome: report of 3 cases and literature review

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    José A., Pinto; Carlos Fernando, Mello Junior; Ana Carla S., Marqui; Delmer J., Perfeito; Roberto D. P., Ferreira; Rubens H., Silva.

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available A Síndrome do Aqueduto Vestibular Alargado (SAVA) é caracterizada por um alargamento do aqueduto vestibular associado a uma perda auditiva neurossensorial, algumas vezes mista, que pode ser congênita ou adquirida na infância. A disacusia pode ser dividida em leve, moderada ou profunda, associada com [...] períodos de melhora ou de piora súbita. O alargamento do aqueduto vestibular é a anomalia da orelha interna mais comum. A SAVA é admitida como resultado de uma anormalidade genética no desenvolvimento do aqueduto vestibular anterior à quinta semana de gestação. A incidência de SAVA está entre 1% e 1,3%, podendo chegar a 7% dependendo da população examinada. O objetivo deste estudo é relatar 3 casos de SAVA atendidos no Núcleo de Otorrinolaringologia e Cirurgia de Cabeça e Pescoço de São Paulo e no serviço de Radiologia do Hospital São Camilo - São Paulo, sendo que dois pacientes são irmãos somente por parte materna. Dois pacientes eram do sexo feminino, um do sexo masculino e a idade variou de 9 a 30 anos. O método diagnóstico de eleição é a TC de osso temporais. A conduta para os casos foi o tratamento conservador com ressalva a cuidados como traumatismos cranianos, barotraumas e, quando necessário, uso de próteses auditivas. Abstract in english Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome is characterized by a widening of the vestibular aqueduct, associated with sensorineural hearing loss, or sometimes with mixed hearing loss, which may be congenital or acquired during childhood. The sensorineural hearing loss may be classified into mild, moderat [...] e and severe, associated with sudden periods of improvement or aggravation. The enlargement of the vestibular aqueduct is the most common inner ear anomaly. This syndrome is admitted as a result of a genetic abnormality of the vestibular aqueduct development, previous to the fifth week of gestation. The incidence of this syndrome ranges from 1% to 1.3%, with the possibility of getting up to 7%, depending on the examined population. The aim of this study was to analyze three cases of LVAS seen at the Otorhinolaryngology and Radiology Department of Sao Camilo Hospital - Sao Paulo. Two of these three cases were of brothers, from the same mother but from different fathers. Two were male and one was female and the ages ranged from 9 to 30 years old. The diagnostic method of election was CT - Computerized Tomography of the temporal bones. The recommended management of the cases was conservative, except for those of cranial trauma, barotrauma and, if necessary, the use of hearing aids.

  14. Síndrome do aqueduto vestibular alargado: relato de 3 casos e revisão bibliográfica Enlarged vestibular aqueduct syndrome: report of 3 cases and literature review

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    José A. Pinto

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available A Síndrome do Aqueduto Vestibular Alargado (SAVA é caracterizada por um alargamento do aqueduto vestibular associado a uma perda auditiva neurossensorial, algumas vezes mista, que pode ser congênita ou adquirida na infância. A disacusia pode ser dividida em leve, moderada ou profunda, associada com períodos de melhora ou de piora súbita. O alargamento do aqueduto vestibular é a anomalia da orelha interna mais comum. A SAVA é admitida como resultado de uma anormalidade genética no desenvolvimento do aqueduto vestibular anterior à quinta semana de gestação. A incidência de SAVA está entre 1% e 1,3%, podendo chegar a 7% dependendo da população examinada. O objetivo deste estudo é relatar 3 casos de SAVA atendidos no Núcleo de Otorrinolaringologia e Cirurgia de Cabeça e Pescoço de São Paulo e no serviço de Radiologia do Hospital São Camilo - São Paulo, sendo que dois pacientes são irmãos somente por parte materna. Dois pacientes eram do sexo feminino, um do sexo masculino e a idade variou de 9 a 30 anos. O método diagnóstico de eleição é a TC de osso temporais. A conduta para os casos foi o tratamento conservador com ressalva a cuidados como traumatismos cranianos, barotraumas e, quando necessário, uso de próteses auditivas.Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome is characterized by a widening of the vestibular aqueduct, associated with sensorineural hearing loss, or sometimes with mixed hearing loss, which may be congenital or acquired during childhood. The sensorineural hearing loss may be classified into mild, moderate and severe, associated with sudden periods of improvement or aggravation. The enlargement of the vestibular aqueduct is the most common inner ear anomaly. This syndrome is admitted as a result of a genetic abnormality of the vestibular aqueduct development, previous to the fifth week of gestation. The incidence of this syndrome ranges from 1% to 1.3%, with the possibility of getting up to 7%, depending on the examined population. The aim of this study was to analyze three cases of LVAS seen at the Otorhinolaryngology and Radiology Department of Sao Camilo Hospital - Sao Paulo. Two of these three cases were of brothers, from the same mother but from different fathers. Two were male and one was female and the ages ranged from 9 to 30 years old. The diagnostic method of election was CT - Computerized Tomography of the temporal bones. The recommended management of the cases was conservative, except for those of cranial trauma, barotrauma and, if necessary, the use of hearing aids.

  15. Perfil audiológico de idosos submetidos à reabilitação vestibular / Audiologic profile of older adults subjected to vestibular rehabilitation therapy

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    Sara Alois de Abreu, Martins; Iara, Bassi; Patrícia Cotta, Mancini.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: caracterizar o perfil auditivo de idosos com tontura submetidos à Reabilitação Vestibular e comparar os resultados obtidos nas avaliações auditivas de idosos sem tontura. MÉTODOS: estudo observacional analítico transversal com 87 idosos, sendo 35 no grupo com tontura e 52 no grupo sem ton [...] tura. Foram realizadas anamnese, audiometria tonal limiar e vocal. Para a análise estatística foi utilizado o programa estatístico Statistical Package for the Social Sciences versão 17.0, com nível de significância de 5% nas análises. RESULTADOS: a perda auditiva neurossensorial de grau leve e moderada esteve presente em 72,4% da amostra, com piora dos limiares de audibilidade por via aérea a partir de 4000Hz em ambos os grupos. O zumbido foi a queixa mais frequente observada na amostra. CONCLUSÃO: o perfil auditivo de idosos com tontura não se diferencia daquele encontrado em idosos sem tontura, sendo observada com maior frequência a perda auditiva neurossensorial leve bilateral de configuração descendente. Abstract in english PURPOSE: to characterize the auditory profile of older adults with dizziness undergoing vestibular rehabilitation therapy and to compare the results with the profile of older adults without dizziness. METHODS: a cross-sectional, observational, and analytical study conducted with 87 older adults, 35 [...] in the group with dizziness and 52 in the group without dizziness. The participants were interviewed and subjected to pure-tone threshold audiometry and speech audiometry. Statistical analysis was performed using the software Statistical Package for the Social Sciences version 17.0, at 5% significance. RESULTS: approximately 72.4% of the sample exhibited mild sensorineural hearing loss, with the air conduction threshold of audibility beginning to be affected at 4,000 Hz in both groups. Tinnitus was the complaint most frequently reported by the participants. CONCLUSION: the auditory profile of older adults with dizziness did not differ from the profile exhibited by older adults without dizziness; bilateral mild sensorineural hearing loss with a downward sloping configuration was the most frequent finding.

  16. Dejerine-Sottas syndrome and vestibular loss due to a point mutation in the PMP22 gene.

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    Jen, Joanna; Baloh, Robert H; Ishiyama, Akira; Baloh, Robert W

    2005-10-15

    We describe a father and daughter with Dejerine-Sottas syndrome and bilateral vestibular loss due to an L71P missense mutation in the peripheral myelin protein 22 (PMP22). The combination of vestibular loss and peripheral neuropathy led to profound imbalance at a young age. It is important to recognize this combination of peripheral nerve and vestibular deficits since rehabilitation strategies and prognosis are different. PMID:15992829

  17. Directional Plasticity Rapidly Improves 3D Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex Alignment in Monkeys Using a Multichannel Vestibular Prosthesis

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    Dai, Chenkai; FRIDMAN, GENE Y.; Chiang, Bryce; Rahman, Mehdi A.; Ahn, Joong Ho; Davidovics, Natan S.; Della Santina, Charles C.

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    Bilateral loss of vestibular sensation can be disabling. We have shown that a multichannel vestibular prosthesis (MVP) can partly restore vestibular sensation as evidenced by improvements in the 3-dimensional angular vestibulo-ocular reflex (3D VOR). However, a key challenge is to minimize misalignment between the axes of eye and head rotation, which is apparently caused by current spread beyond each electrode’s targeted nerve branch. We recently reported that rodents wearing a MVP markedly i...

  18. MORPHO-PHYSIOLOGICAL STUDY OF HYPOTHALAMIC PARAVENTRICULAR AND SUPRAOPTIC NUCLEI PROJECTIONS TO SUPERIOR VESTIBULAR NUCLEUS IN NORM AND IN CONDITIONS OF UNILATERAL LABYRINTHECTOMY

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    Full Text Available We performed recording of spike activity of neurons of superior vestibular nucleus (SVN evoked on bilateral stimulation (100 Hz, 1 sec of paraventricular (PVN and supraoptic (SON nuclei of hypothalamus in norm and 17 days after unilateral labyrinthectomy (UL. Analysis and recording of impulse activity was performed by means of online software based on several histograms: perievent time, cumulative, frequency and those of averaged ones. Tetanic (TP, posttetanic (PTP potentiation and posttetanic depression (PTD were recorded in norm. PVN and SON stimulation resulted mainly in TP. Following the UL, reactions on stimulation of the same nuclei on intact side were characterized by diversity and dynamics with predominance of TP. On deafferented side, there were prevalence of PTD, tenuity of components and of reproducibility of poststimulus manifestations. The histochemical method of detection Ca2+-dependent acid phosphatase activity after UL revealed neurofibrillar changes, central chromatolysis, up to the absence of reaction in some sections.

  19. Critical neurological structure sparing radiosurgery of vestibular schwannoma: Dosimetric comparison of different techniques and dose prescription methods

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    Conclusion: This dosimetric data provides a guideline for choosing optimum treatment option and scope of inter institutional dosimetric comparison for further improvement in radiosurgery of Vestibular Schwannoma (VS.

  20. Optimal visual-vestibular integration under conditions of conflicting intersensory motion profiles.

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    Butler, John S; Campos, Jennifer L; Bülthoff, Heinrich H

    2015-02-01

    Passive movement through an environment is typically perceived by integrating information from different sensory signals, including visual and vestibular information. A wealth of previous research in the field of multisensory integration has shown that if different sensory signals are spatially or temporally discrepant, they may not combine in a statistically optimal fashion; however, this has not been well explored for visual-vestibular integration. Self-motion perception involves the integration of various movement parameters including displacement, velocity, acceleration and higher derivatives such as jerk. It is often assumed that the vestibular system is optimized for the processing of acceleration and higher derivatives, while the visual system is specialized to process position and velocity. In order to determine the interactions between different spatiotemporal properties for self-motion perception, in Experiment 1, we first asked whether the velocity profile of a visual trajectory affects discrimination performance in a heading task. Participants performed a two-interval forced choice heading task while stationary. They were asked to make heading discriminations while the visual stimulus moved at a constant velocity (C-Vis) or with a raised cosine velocity (R-Vis) motion profile. Experiment 2 was designed to assess how the visual and vestibular velocity profiles combined during the same heading task. In this case, participants were seated on a Stewart motion platform and motion information was presented via visual information alone, vestibular information alone or both cues combined. The combined condition consisted of congruent blocks (R-Vis/R-Vest) in which both visual and vestibular cues consisted of a raised cosine velocity profile and incongruent blocks (C-Vis/R-Vest) in which the visual motion profile consisted of a constant velocity motion, while the vestibular motion consisted of a raised cosine velocity profile. Results from both Experiments 1 and 2 demonstrated that visual heading estimates are indeed affected by the velocity profile of the movement trajectory, with lower thresholds observed for the R-Vis compared to the C-Vis. In Exp. 2 when visual-vestibular inputs were both present, they were combined in a statistically optimal fashion irrespective of the type of visual velocity profile, thus demonstrating robust integration of visual and vestibular cues. The study suggests that while the time course of the velocity did affect visual heading judgments, a moderate conflict between visual and vestibular motion profiles does not cause a breakdown in optimal integration for heading. PMID:25361642

  1. Rat thalamic neurons encode complex combinations of heading and movement directions and the trajectory route during translocation with sensory conflict

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    Nyamdavaa Enkhjargal

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available It is unknown how thalamic head direction neurons extract meaningful information from multiple conflicting sensory information sources when animals run under conditions of sensory mismatch. In the present study, rats were placed on a treadmill on a stage that moved in a figure-8-shaped pathway. The anterodorsal and laterodorsal neurons were recorded under 2 conditions: 1 control sessions, in which both the stage and the treadmill moved forward, or 2 backward (mismatch sessions, in which the stage was moved backward while the rats ran forward on the treadmill. Of the 222 thalamic neurons recorded, 55 showed differential responses to the directions to window (south and door (north sides, along which the animals were translocated in the long axis of the trajectory. Of these 55 direction-related neurons, 15 showed heading direction-dependent responses regardless of movement direction (forward or backward movements. Thirteen neurons displayed heading and movement direction-dependent responses, and, of these 13, activity of 6 neurons increased during forward movement to the window or door side, while activity of the remaining 7 neurons increased during backward movement to the window or door side. Eighteen neurons showed movement direction-related responses regardless of heading direction. Furthermore, activity of some direction-related neurons increased only in a specific trajectory. These results suggested that the activity of these neurons reflects complex combinations of facing direction (landmarks, movement direction (optic flow/vestibular information, motor/proprioceptive information and the trajectory of the movement.

  2. Rat thalamic neurons encode complex combinations of heading and movement directions and the trajectory route during translocation with sensory conflict.

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    Enkhjargal, Nyamdavaa; Matsumoto, Jumpei; Chinzorig, Choijiljav; Berthoz, Alain; Ono, Taketoshi; Nishijo, Hisao

    2014-01-01

    It is unknown how thalamic head direction neurons extract meaningful information from multiple conflicting sensory information sources when animals run under conditions of sensory mismatch. In the present study, rats were placed on a treadmill on a stage that moved in a figure-8-shaped pathway. The anterodorsal and laterodorsal neurons were recorded under two conditions: (1) control sessions, in which both the stage and the treadmill moved forward, or (2) backward (mismatch) sessions, in which the stage was moved backward while the rats ran forward on the treadmill. Of the 222 thalamic neurons recorded, 55 showed differential responses to the directions to window (south) and door (north) sides, along which the animals were translocated in the long axis of the trajectory. Of these 55 direction-related neurons, 15 showed heading direction-dependent responses regardless of movement direction (forward or backward movements). Thirteen neurons displayed heading and movement direction-dependent responses, and, of these 13, activity of 6 neurons increased during forward movement to the window or door side, while activity of the remaining 7 neurons increased during backward movement to the window or door side. Eighteen neurons showed movement direction-related responses regardless of heading direction. Furthermore, activity of some direction-related neurons increased only in a specific trajectory. These results suggested that the activity of these neurons reflects complex combinations of facing direction (landmarks), movement direction (optic flow/vestibular information), motor/proprioceptive information, and the trajectory of the movement. PMID:25100955

  3. L-citrulline immunostaining identifies nitric oxide production sites within neurons

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    Martinelli, G. P. T.; Friedrich, V. L. Jr; Holstein, G. R.

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    The cellular and subcellular localization of L-citrulline was analyzed in the adult rat brain and compared with that of traditional markers for the presence of nitric oxide synthase. Light, transmission electron, and confocal laser scanning microscopy were used to study tissue sections processed for immunocytochemistry employing a monoclonal antibody against L-citrulline or polyclonal anti-neuronal nitric oxide synthase sera, and double immunofluorescence to detect neuronal nitric oxide synthase and L-citrulline co-localization. The results demonstrate that the same CNS regions and cell types are labeled by neuronal nitric oxide synthase polyclonal antisera and L-citrulline monoclonal antibodies, using both immunocytochemistry and immunofluorescence. Short-term pretreatment with a nitric oxide synthase inhibitor reduces L-citrulline immunostaining, but does not affect neuronal nitric oxide synthase immunoreactivity. In the vestibular brainstem, double immunofluorescence studies show that many, but not all, neuronal nitric oxide synthase-positive cells co-express L-citrulline, and that local intracellular patches of intense L-citrulline accumulation are present in some neurons. Conversely, all L-citrulline-labeled neurons co-express neuronal nitric oxide synthase. Cells expressing neuronal nitric oxide synthase alone are interpreted as neurons with the potential to produce nitric oxide under other stimulus conditions, and the subcellular foci of enhanced L-citrulline staining are viewed as intracellular sites of nitric oxide production. This interpretation is supported by ultrastructural observations of subcellular foci with enhanced L-citrulline and/or neuronal nitric oxide synthase staining that are located primarily at postsynaptic densities and portions of the endoplasmic reticulum. We conclude that nitric oxide is produced and released at focal sites within neurons that are identifiable using L-citrulline as a marker. Copyright 2002 IBRO.

  4. Ocular Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials Using Head Striker Stimulation

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    De Dios, Y. E.; Gadd, N. E.; Kofman, I. S.; Peters, B. T.; Reschke, M.; Bloomberg, J. J.; Wood, S. J.; Noohibezanjani, F.; Kinnaird, C.; Seidler, R. D.; Mulavara, A. P.

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    Introduction: Over the last two decades, several studies have been published on the impact of long-duration (i.e., 22 days or longer) spaceflight on the central nervous system (CNS). In consideration of the health and performance of crewmembers in flight and post-flight, we are conducting a controlled prospective longitudinal study to investigate the effects of spaceflight on the extent, longevity and neural bases of sensorimotor, cognitive, and neural changes. Multiple studies have demonstrated the effects of spaceflight on the vestibular system. One of the supporting tests conducted in this protocol is the Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (VEMP) test that provides a unilateral measure of otolith (saccule and utricle) function. A different approach was taken for ocular VEMP (oVEMP) testing using a head striker system (Wackym et al. 2012). The oVEMP is generally considered to be a measure of utricle function. The the otolithic input to the inferior oblique muscle is predominately from the utricular macula. Thus, quantitatively, oVEMP tests utricular function. Another practical extension of these relationships is that the oVEMP reflects the superior vestibular nerve function. Methods: Ground testing was administered on 16 control subjects and for 8 subjects over four repeated sessions spanning 70 days. The oVEMP was elicitied via a hand held striker by a vibrotactile pulse presented at the rate of 1 Hz for 24 seconds on the side of the head as subjects lay supine on a gurney. Subjects were directed to gaze approximately 25 degrees above straight ahead in semi-darkness. For the oVEMP electromyograms will be recorded with active bipolar electrodes (Delsys Inc., Boston, MA) on the infra-orbital ridge 1 cm below the eyelid with a reference electrode on the below the knee cap. The EMG potentials were amplified; band-pass filtered using a BagnoliTM Desktop EMG System (Delsys Inc., Boston, MA, USA). This EMG signal is sampled at 10 kHz and the data stimulus onset to 100 MS was averaged over 24 trial repetitions for the vibrotactile VEMP. The typical oVEMP EMG response is an excitatory potential with first peak occurring at 11-12 ms and second peak at 18 ms. This requires a total recording time of approximately 29 seconds per trial which includes 5 seconds of no vibrotactile stimulation at the beginning of the protocol. The primary dependent measures consist of the latency and peak-to-peak amplitude from the EMG signals, which will be normalized to EMG levels at the beginning of the protocol. Data were collected for 3 repeated trials with striker stimulation on both the left and right side of the head Results: The oVEMP p1 range was observed at 3-14 ms and n1 at 7-19 ms. The striker system provided a consistent and rapid method for oVEMP testing. Discussion: Crew testing is in progress to determine changes in results between pre and post flight.

  5. Endolympathic hydrops in patients with vestibular schwannoma: visualization by non-contrast-enhanced 3D FLAIR

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    Signal intensity of ipsilateral labyrinthine lymph fluid has been reported to increase in most cases with vestibular schwannoma (VS) on 3D fluid attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR). The purpose of this study was twofold, (1) to evaluate if endolymphatic space can be recognized in the patients with VS on non-contrast-enhanced 3D-FLAIR images and (2) to know if the vertigo in the patients with VS correlates to vestibular endolymphatic hydrops. From the introduction of 32-channel head coil at 3 T in May 2008 to June 2010, 15 cases with unilateral VS were identified in the radiology report database. The two cases without a significant signal increase on 3D FLAIR were excluded. Resting 13 cases were retrospectively analyzed in regard to the recognition of endolymphatic hydrops in the cochlea and vestibule and to the correlation between the patients' symptoms and endolymphatic hydrops. In all cases, vestibular endolymphatic space can be recognized on non-contrast-enhanced 3D FLAIR. Cochlear endolymphatic space can be identified only in one case with significant hydrops. Vestibular hydrops was identified in four cases. Among these four cases, three had vertigo, and one had no vertigo. In those nine cases without hydrops, two had vertigo, and seven did not have vertigo. No significant correlation between vertigo and vestibular hydrops was found. Vestibular endolymphatic space can be recognized on non-contrast-enhanced 3D FLAIR. In some patients with VS, vestibular hydrops is seen; however, endolymphatic hydrops in the vestibule might not be the only responsible cause of vertigo in the patients with VS. (orig.)

  6. Endolympathic hydrops in patients with vestibular schwannoma: visualization by non-contrast-enhanced 3D FLAIR

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    Naganawa, Shinji; Kawai, Hisashi [Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Nagoya (Japan); Sone, Michihiko; Nakashima, Tsutomu [Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Nagoya (Japan); Ikeda, Mitsuru [Nagoya University School of Health Sciences, Department of Radiological Technology, Nagoya (Japan)

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    Signal intensity of ipsilateral labyrinthine lymph fluid has been reported to increase in most cases with vestibular schwannoma (VS) on 3D fluid attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR). The purpose of this study was twofold, (1) to evaluate if endolymphatic space can be recognized in the patients with VS on non-contrast-enhanced 3D-FLAIR images and (2) to know if the vertigo in the patients with VS correlates to vestibular endolymphatic hydrops. From the introduction of 32-channel head coil at 3 T in May 2008 to June 2010, 15 cases with unilateral VS were identified in the radiology report database. The two cases without a significant signal increase on 3D FLAIR were excluded. Resting 13 cases were retrospectively analyzed in regard to the recognition of endolymphatic hydrops in the cochlea and vestibule and to the correlation between the patients' symptoms and endolymphatic hydrops. In all cases, vestibular endolymphatic space can be recognized on non-contrast-enhanced 3D FLAIR. Cochlear endolymphatic space can be identified only in one case with significant hydrops. Vestibular hydrops was identified in four cases. Among these four cases, three had vertigo, and one had no vertigo. In those nine cases without hydrops, two had vertigo, and seven did not have vertigo. No significant correlation between vertigo and vestibular hydrops was found. Vestibular endolymphatic space can be recognized on non-contrast-enhanced 3D FLAIR. In some patients with VS, vestibular hydrops is seen; however, endolymphatic hydrops in the vestibule might not be the only responsible cause of vertigo in the patients with VS. (orig.)

  7. Cortical representation of saccular vestibular stimulation: VEMPs in fMRI.

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    Schlindwein, P; Mueller, M; Bauermann, T; Brandt, T; Stoeter, P; Dieterich, M

    2008-01-01

    Short tone bursts trigger a vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP), an inhibitory potential which reflects a component of the vestibulocollic reflex (VCR). These potentials arise as a result of activation of the sacculus and are expressed through the vestibulo-collic reflex (VCR). Up to now, the ascending projections of the sacculus are unknown in humans, only the representation of the semicircular canals or the entire vestibular nerve has been demonstrated. The aim of this study was to determine whether a sacculus stimulus that evoked VEMPs could activate vestibular cortical areas in fMRI. To determine this, we studied the differential effects of unilateral VEMP stimulation in 21 healthy right-handers in a clinical 1.5 T scanner while wearing piezo electric headphones. A unilateral VEMP stimulus and two auditory control stimuli were given in randomized order over the stimulated ear. A random effects statistical analysis was done with SPM2 (p<0.05, corrected). After exclusion of the auditory effects, the major findings were as follows: (i) significant activations were located in the multisensory cortical vestibular network within both hemispheres, including the posterior insular cortex, the middle and superior temporal gyri, and the inferior parietal cortex. (ii) The activation pattern was elicited bilaterally with a predominance of the right hemisphere in right-handers. (iii) Saccular vestibular projection was predominantly ipsilateral, whereas (iv) pure acoustic stimuli were processed with a predominance of the respective contralateral and mainly in the left hemisphere. This is the first demonstration by means of fMRI of the cortical representation of the saccular input at cortical level. The activation pattern is similar to that known from the stimulation of the entire vestibular nerve or the horizontal semicircular canal. Our data give evidence of a task-dependent separation of the processing within the vestibular otolith and the auditory systems in the two hemispheres. PMID:17919936

  8. Reading at vestibular: the primacy of understanding legitimated at the portuguese language test A leitura no vestibular: a primazia da compreensão legitimada na prova de Língua Portuguesa

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    Angela Cristina Calciolari

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    Full Text Available This work starts from the presupposition that reading questions in vestibular (College admission exams do not verify the actual reading of the candidate, but show the reading understanding of their creator. The reading evaluation questions of the Portuguese Language test in the Concurso Vestibular de Inverno 2001/UEM (Maringá State University winter admission exam, 2001 are analyzed, verifying the phases of the reading process: de-codification, understanding and interpretation. The analysis shows a predominance of understanding questions, with lesser incidence of de-codification and interpretation questions.A partir do pressuposto de que as questões de leitura em concursos vestibulares não verificam a real leitura do aluno-candidato, mas expõem a compreensão leitora do seu elaborador, este artigo analisa as questões que avaliam a leitura na prova de Língua Portuguesa, do Concurso Vestibular de Inverno 2001/UEM, verificando as etapas do processo de leitura: decodificação, compreensão e interpretação. As análises demonstram a predominância de questões de compreensão, com menor incidência em questões referentes à decodificação e à interpretação.

  9. Avaliação do efeito da cafeína no teste vestibular Evaluation of the caffeine effect in the vestibular test

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    Lilian Felipe

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Há controvérsias sobre a interferência da cafeína no teste vestibular. O café é a fonte mais rica em cafeína. Enquanto em alguns serviços os pacientes são orientados a suspender a ingestão de café 24 a 48 horas antes da realização do teste, outros não consideram necessária a suspensão da ingestão dessa bebida. OBJETIVO: Avaliar o efeito da cafeína no resultado do teste vestibular. FORMA DE ESTUDO: clínico com coorte transversal. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Estudo comparativo, transversal, pareado. O teste vestibular foi realizado em duplicidade, com intervalo máximo de cinco dias entre um e outro exame. No primeiro teste, os pacientes foram orientados a não ingerir café 24 horas antes do exame; no segundo teste, os pacientes foram orientados a beber café como de costume. Todos os participantes tinham indicação clínica de se submeter ao teste vestibular e tinham o hábito de tomar café. RESULTADOS: Participaram do estudo 19 mulheres com idade média de 49,5 anos. O consumo médio de café foi de três xícaras por dia. As queixas de ansiedade e cefaléia foram associadas ao teste realizado com suspensão do café. Não houve diferença estatisticamente significante nos resultados dos exames realizados com e sem ingestão de café. CONCLUSÃO: A ingestão moderada de café não interferiu no resultado do teste vestibular. Considerando ser recomendável que o paciente esteja tranqüilo ao se submeter ao teste vestibular e que a meia-vida da cafeína é de apenas seis horas, sugerimos que a orientação para a suspensão súbita e completa da ingestão moderada de café antes do teste vestibular para os indivíduos habituados à ingestão diária seja reavaliada.Exist controversy about the interference of the caffeine in the vestibular test. Coffee is the richest source of caffeine. While in some services, the patients were orient to suspend the ingestion of caffeine 24 to 48 hours before the vestibular test, other not consider the suspension of this drink necessary. AIM: To evaluate the effect of caffeine in the vestibular test result. STUDY DESIGN: clinical with transversal cohort. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Seccional and matched research. The vestibular test was performed twice in the same patient, with five days interval between the exams. In the first test, the patient did not drink coffee 24 hours before the exam; in the second, the patient drunk coffee as usual. All of the participants had clinical indication for vestibular test and were used to drinking coffee. RESULTS: Nineteen women, medium age of 49,5 years, participated. The average coffee consumption was three cups per day. The complaints of anxiety and headache were associated with the submission to the vestibular test without coffee. The exams were not statistically different comparing the results of the tests performed with and without the coffee ingestion. CONCLUSION: The moderate ingestion of coffee was not shown to interfere in the results of the vestibular test. Considering that it is recommended that the patient be calm to be submitted to the vestibular test and that the half-life of the caffeine is only of six hours, we suggest that the orientation of complete and abrupt drinking coffee suspension of moderate dose before the vestibular test for the individuals used to daily drinking coffee be reevaluated.

  10. Betahistine in the treatment of tinnitus in patients with vestibular disorders / Betaistina no tratamento do zumbido em pacientes com distúrbios vestibulares

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    Maurício Malavasi, Ganança; Heloisa Helena, Caovilla; Juliana Maria, Gazzola; Cristina Freitas, Ganança; Fernando Freitas, Ganança.

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available A betaistina é um medicamento utilizado no tratamento de distúrbios da função vestibular, que também tem sido utilizado para tratar o zumbido. OBJETIVO: Avaliar o efeito da betaistina sobre o zumbido de pacientes com distúrbios vestibulares. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Foram coletados dados retrospectivos de [...] pacientes com vestibulopatia e zumbido. Os pacientes incluídos receberam 48 mg/dia de betaistina ao dia e os resultados clínicos foram comparados com os de um grupo controle, que incluiu indivíduos impossibilitados de receber betaistina devido à gastrite, úlceras, gravidez, asma ou hipersensibilidade ao medicamento. Os pacientes realizaram controle de fatores agravantes e exercícios de reabilitação vestibular, como tratamento de base para a vestibulopatia. A intensidade, frequência e duração do zumbido foram avaliadas no primeiro dia e após 120 dias de tratamento. A melhora clínica foi definida pela redução total ou parcial do zumbido após o tratamento. RESULTADOS: Observou-se melhora clínica do zumbido em 80/262 (30,5%) dos pacientes tratados com a betaistina e em 43/252 (17,1%) pacientes do grupo controle. A betaistina melhorou significativamente (p Abstract in english Betahistine is a medicine used to treat vestibular disorders that has also been used to treat tinnitus. AIM: To assess the effects of betahistine on tinnitus in patients with vestibular disorders. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Retrospective data were collected from patient records for individuals presenting [...] with vestibular dysfunction and tinnitus. Patients included had received betahistine 48 mg/day and clinical outcomes were compared with a control group comprising individuals who were unable to receive betahistine due to gastritis, ulcers, pregnancy, asthma or hypersensitivity to the drug. Patients underwent control of any aggravating factors and also standard vestibular exercises as a basis for treatment. The intensity, frequency and duration of tinnitus were assessed on the first day of dosing and after 120 days of treatment. Clinical improvement was defined as a total or partial reduction of tinnitus after treatment. RESULTS: Clinical improvement was observed in 80/262 (30. 5%) of patients treated with betahistine and 43/252 (17. 1%) of control patients. Betahistine significantly (p

  11. Correlação entre equilíbrio corporal e capacidade funcional de idosos com disfunções vestibulares crônicas / Correlation between the body balance and functional capacity from elderly with chronic vestibular disorders

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    Raquel Ferreira de, Sousa; Juliana Maria, Gazzola; Maurício Malavasi, Ganança; Célia Aparecida, Paulino.

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    Full Text Available As doenças vestibulares são frequentes na população idosa, resultando, principalmente, em tontura e desequilíbrio corporal, sintomas que podem prejudicar as atividades de vida diária. OBJETIVO: Estudar a correlação entre equilíbrio corporal e a capacidade funcional e a comparação entre risco de qued [...] a, ocorrência de queda e a capacidade funcional de idosos com disfunções vestibulares crônicas. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Forma de estudo transversal, clínico e experimental com 50 idosos, de 60 a 86 anos, com vestibulopatias periféricas crônicas. Estes idosos foram submetidos à avaliação do equilíbrio por meio do Dynamic Gait Index (DGI) e à avaliação da capacidade funcional, por meio da Medida de Independência Funcional (MIF). Os dados obtidos foram submetidos ao teste de correlação de Spearman e aos de comparação de Mann-Whitney e Kruskal-Wallis, sendo considerado ?=5% (0,05). RESULTADOS: Verificou-se correlação positiva entre o escore total do DGI e todas as pontuações da MIF, especialmente a MIF total (r=0,447; p Abstract in english Vestibular disorders are common among the elderly, mainly resulting in dizziness and imbalance - symptoms which can impact daily routine activities. AIM: To study the correlation between body balance and functional capacity and a comparison of risk of falls, actual falls and the functional capacity [...] of the elderly with chronic vestibular dysfunctions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional, clinical and experimental study with 50 senior citizens - 60 to 86 years, with chronic peripheral vestibular dysfunction. These participants underwent body balance assessment by the Dynamic Gait Index (DGI) and functional capacity assessment by the Functional Independence Measure (FIM). The data was tested using the Spearman correlation and comparison tests, Mann-Whitney and Kruskal- Wallis, being ?=5% (0.05). RESULTS: There was a significant correlation between the total DGI score and all FIM scores, especially the total score (r=0.447; p

  12. Left Cathodal Trans-Cranial Direct Current Stimulation of the Parietal Cortex Leads to an Asymmetrical Modulation of the Vestibular-Ocular Reflex?

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    Arshad, Qadeer; Nigmatullina, Yuliya; Roberts, R. Edward; Bhrugubanda, Vamsee; Asavarut, Paladd; Bronstein, Adolfo M.

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    Multi-sensory visuo-vestibular cortical areas within the parietal lobe are important for spatial orientation and possibly for descending modulation of the vestibular-ocular reflex (VOR). Functional imaging and lesion studies suggest that vestibular cortical processing is localized primarily in the non-dominant parietal lobe. However, the role of inter-hemispheric parietal balance in vestibular processing is poorly understood. Therefore, we tested whether experimentally induced asymmetries in ...

  13. Influences of Vestibular System on Sympathetic Nervous System. Implications for countermeasures.

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    As gravity is a direct and permanent stress on body fluids, muscles and bones, it is not surpris-ing that weightlessness has important effects on cardiovascular and musculo-skeletal systems. However, these harmful effects do not totally result from the removal of the direct stress of gravity on these organs, but are also partially and indirectly mediated by the vestibular sys-tem. Besides its well known crucial role in spatial orientation and postural equilibrium, it is now clear that the vestibular system is also involved in the regulation of other important physi-ological systems: respiratory and cardiovascular systems, circadian regulation, food intake and even bone mineralization. The neuroanatomical substrate for these vestibular-mediated reg-ulations is still poorly defined, but there is much evidence that vestibular system has strong impacts not only on brainstem autonomic centers but on many hypothalamic nuclei as well. As autonomic nervous system controls almost all body organs, bringing into play the vestibular system by hypergravity or microgravity could virtually affects all major physiological func-tions. There is experimental evidence that weightlessness as well as vestibular lesion induce sympathetic activation thus participating in space related physiological alterations. The fact that some effects of weightlessness on biological systems are mediated by the vestibular system has an important implication for using artificial gravity as a countermeasure: artificial gravity should load not only bones and the cardiovascular system but the vestibular system as well. In short-arm centrifuges, the g load at the head level is low because the head is near the axis of rotation. If the vestibular system is involved in cardiovascular deconditioning and bone loss during weightlessness, it would be more effective to significantly stimulate it and thus it would be necessary to place the head off-axis. Moreover, as the otolithic organs are non longer stimu-lated in term of gravity during space flight, and because of the plasticity of the brain, it might be possible that their inputs be progressively interpreted as resulting from translational move-ment with no gravity related activation. Therefore, on return to Earth the effect of the otoliths on cardiovascular regulation might be temporarily lost leading to orthostatic intolerance.

  14. Ruptured Pseudoaneurysm after Gamma Knife Surgery for Vestibular Schwannoma.

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    Murakami, Mamoru; Kawarabuki, Kentaro; Inoue, Yasuo; Ohta, Tsutomu

    2016-01-15

    Ruptured aneurysms of anterior inferior cerebellar artery (AICA) after radiotherapy for vestibular schwannoma (VS) are rare, and no definite treatment has been established for distal AICA pseudoaneurysms. We describe a 61-year-old man who underwent Gamma Knife surgery (GKS) for left VS. Follow-up magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed partial regression of the tumor. Twelve years after GKS, he suffered from subarachnoid hemorrhage. Initial angiogram showed no vascular lesions; second left vertebral angiogram, 10 days after admission, demonstrated a pseudoaneurysm in the lateral pontine segment of the left AICA. The proximal portion of the AICA was occluded by a coil. Postoperative MRI revealed an infarction on the left side of the pons and brachium pontis. Although the patient suffered from mild postoperative cerebellar ataxia and facial and abducens nerve palsy, he was discharged 1 month postoperatively requiring no assistance with activities of daily living. Twelve months later, he recovered satisfactorily with a modified Rankin Scale grade of 1, and no recanalization of the aneurysm was found on MR angiography. Endovascular parent artery occlusion for ruptured aneurysms at distal AICA carries the risk of brain stem infarction, but should be considered when no other option is available such as after radiotherapy for VS. PMID:26667081

  15. Ruptured Pseudoaneurysm after Gamma Knife Surgery for Vestibular Schwannoma

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    MURAKAMI, Mamoru; KAWARABUKI, Kentaro; INOUE, Yasuo; OHTA, Tsutomu

    2016-01-01

    Ruptured aneurysms of anterior inferior cerebellar artery (AICA) after radiotherapy for vestibular schwannoma (VS) are rare, and no definite treatment has been established for distal AICA pseudoaneurysms. We describe a 61-year-old man who underwent Gamma Knife surgery (GKS) for left VS. Follow-up magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed partial regression of the tumor. Twelve years after GKS, he suffered from subarachnoid hemorrhage. Initial angiogram showed no vascular lesions; second left vertebral angiogram, 10 days after admission, demonstrated a pseudoaneurysm in the lateral pontine segment of the left AICA. The proximal portion of the AICA was occluded by a coil. Postoperative MRI revealed an infarction on the left side of the pons and brachium pontis. Although the patient suffered from mild postoperative cerebellar ataxia and facial and abducens nerve palsy, he was discharged 1 month postoperatively requiring no assistance with activities of daily living. Twelve months later, he recovered satisfactorily with a modified Rankin Scale grade of 1, and no recanalization of the aneurysm was found on MR angiography. Endovascular parent artery occlusion for ruptured aneurysms at distal AICA carries the risk of brain stem infarction, but should be considered when no other option is available such as after radiotherapy for VS. PMID:26667081

  16. Extracranial non-vestibular head and neck schwannomas

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    Baoxin Wang

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: To retrospectively describe our 10-year experience with extracranial non-vestibular head and neck schwannomas by presenting their clinical features, diagnostic methods, surgical decisions, and treatment outcomes. Methods: This is a retrospective study conducted at the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Affiliated Shanghai First People’s Hospital, Shanghai, China. The medical records of 46 patients diagnosed with schwannoma in the extracranial head and neck region as confirmed on paraffin-embedded sections from January 2003 to December 2012 were reviewed. Results: All tumors were benign, and 52% presented as asymptomatic palpable solitary masses. Compressive symptoms, which can represent meaningful indicators of the nerve of origin were commonly noted. The most common nerve of origin was the brachial plexus (n=13, 28.3%. Conclusion: While postoperative histopathologic examination is still the gold standard, fine needle aspiration cytology, CT scan, and magnetic resonance imaging may be useful in the diagnosis of schwannomas. As schwannomas are radioresistant, and as, despite their benign nature, can cause severe secondary symptoms, the best treatment of choice is complete excision with preservation of functions.

  17. Vestibular schwannoma: 825 cases from a 25-year experience

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    Pinna, Mariana Hausen; Bento, Ricardo Ferreira; Neto, Rubens Vuono de Brito

    2012-01-01

    Summary Introduction:?Acoustic nerve tumors have been recognized as a clinico-pathologic entity for at least 200 years, and they represent 90% of cerebellopontine angle diseases. Histologically, the tumors are derived from Schwann cells of the myelin sheath, with smaller tumors consisting of elongated palisade cells, while in large tumors, cystic degeneration can be found in the central areas, possibly due to deficient vascularization. We retrospectively reviewed 825 cases of vestibular schwannomas, reported between January 1984 and August 2006, in which the patients underwent surgery to remove the tumor. Objective:?To evaluate signs, symptoms, aspects of clinical diagnosis, including the results of audiological and imaging studies, and surgical techniques and complications. Methods:?A retrospective chart review. The medical records of all patients undergoing surgical treatment for schwannoma during the period indicated were reviewed. Results and Conclusion:?Hearing loss was the first symptom reported in almost all cases, and tumor size was not proportional to the impairment of the auditory threshold. The surgical techniques allowed safe preservation of facial function. In particular, the retrolabyrinthine route proved useful in small tumors, with 50% preservation of hearing. PMID:25991975

  18. Vestibular schwannoma: 825 cases from a 25-year experience

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    Bento, Ricardo Ferreira

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Acoustic nerve tumors have been recognized as a clinico-pathologic entity for at least 200 years, and they represent 90% of cerebellopontine angle diseases. Histologically, the tumors are derived from Schwann cells of the myelin sheath, with smaller tumors consisting of elongated palisade cells, while in large tumors, cystic degeneration can be found in the central areas, possibly due to deficient vascularization. We retrospectively reviewed 825 cases of vestibular schwannomas, reported between January 1984 and August 2006, in which the patients underwent surgery to remove the tumor. Objective: To evaluate signs, symptoms, aspects of clinical diagnosis, including the results of audiological and imaging studies, and surgical techniques and complications. Methods: A retrospective chart review. The medical records of all patients undergoing surgical treatment for schwannoma during the period indicated were reviewed. Results and Conclusion: Hearing loss was the first symptom reported in almost all cases, and tumor size was not proportional to the impairment of the auditory threshold. The surgical techniques allowed safe preservation of facial function. In particular, the retrolabyrinthine route proved useful in small tumors, with 50% preservation of hearing.

  19. Schwannoma vestibular: 825 casos - 25 anos de experiência / Vestibular schwannoma: 825 cases from a 25-year experience

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    Ricardo Ferreira, Bento; Mariana Hausen, Pinna; Rubens Vuono de, Brito Neto.

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Os tumores do nervo acústico foram reconhecidos como uma entidade clínico-patológica há pelo menos 200 anos, representando cerca de 90% das afecções do ângulo ponto cerebelar. Histologicamente derivam da bainha de Schwann, sendo constituído por células alongadas, em paliçada nos pequenos [...] tumores. Nos grandes tumores, além do encontrado nos pequenos, temos uma degeneração cística nas áreas centrais, possivelmente por deficiência de vascularização. Estudamos retrospectivamente oitocentos e vinte e cinco (825) pacientes com diagnóstico de schwanoma vestibular submetidos à cirurgia para exérese do tumor no período de janeiro de 1984 a agosto de 2006. OBJETIVO: Avaliar sinais, sintomas e aspectos do diagnóstico clínico, audiológico, de imagem, as técnicas cirúrgicas utilizadas e suas complicação peri e pós cirúrgicas. MÉTODO: Série de casos, retrospectivo por análise prontuário de todos os pacientes submetidos a este tipo de cirurgia no período. RESULTADO E CONCLUSÃO: Hipoacusia é o primeiro sintoma da presença da doença em quase a totalidade dos casos, o tamanho do tumor não é proporcional ao comprometimento do limiar auditivo, as técnicas empregadas foram seguras quanto à preservação da função facial, a via retrolabiríntica demonstrou ser de utilidade nos tumores pequenos com 50% de preservação de audição. Abstract in english INTRODUCTION: Acoustic nerve tumors have been recognized as a clinico-pathologic entity for at least 200 years, and they represent 90% of cerebellopontine angle diseases. Histologically, the tumors are derived from Schwann cells of the myelin sheath, with smaller tumors consisting of elongated palis [...] ade cells, while in large tumors, cystic degeneration can be found in the central areas, possibly due to deficient vascularization. We retrospectively reviewed 825 cases of vestibular schwannomas, reported between January 1984 and August 2006, in which the patients underwent surgery to remove the tumor. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate signs, symptoms, aspects of clinical diagnosis, including the results of audiological and imaging studies, and surgical techniques and complications. METHODS: A retrospective chart review. The medical records of all patients undergoing surgical treatment for schwannoma during the period indicated were reviewed. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: Hearing loss was the first symptom reported in almost all cases, and tumor size was not proportional to the impairment of the auditory threshold. The surgical techniques allowed safe preservation of facial function. In particular, the retrolabyrinthine route proved useful in small tumors, with 50% preservation of hearing.

  20. Reabilitação Vestibular em portadores de Vertigem Posicional Paroxística Benigna / Vestibular rehabilitation in patients with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

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    João Simão de, Melo Neto; Ana Elisa Zuliani, Stroppa; Carlos Arantes, Parrera; Wilson Franscisco, Maximiano; Cláudia Augusta, Hidalgo.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: verificar, por meio do questionário handicap de tontura, o efeito de um protocolo de Reabilitação Vestibular (RV) em portadores de Vertigem Posicional Paroxística Benigna (VPPB) sete dias após primeira intervenção e seis meses após a segunda intervenção. MÉTODO: pacientes submetidos à conf [...] irmação diagnóstica de VPPB pela positividade da manobra Dix-Hallpike foram avaliados (coleta) pelo questionário Dizziness Handicap Inventory - brasileiro (DHI-brasileiro), antes da primeira intervenção, após a segunda (intervalo de sete dias) e seis meses após a segunda intervenção. As intervenções constavam de relaxamento cervical, manobra de Epley e restrições posturais e foram aplicadas logo após a primeira avaliação e antes da segunda avaliação, com intervalo de sete dias. Os resultados obtidos foram submetidos à análise estatística. RESULTADOS: nove mulheres com média de 63 anos (desvio padrão 4,6) fizeram parte da amostra. Foram encontradas as seguintes pontuações no DHI-brasileiro: Aspecto Físico - apresentou média na coleta 1 de 2,6a(±0,17); coleta 2 de 0,82b (±0,24); coleta 3 de 1,43b(±0,43) com p Abstract in english PURPOSE: to evaluate, by means of the dizziness handicap questionnaire, the effect of a Vestibular Rehabilitation (VR) protocol in patients with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), seven days after the first intervention and six months after the second intervention. METHOD: patients undergo [...] ing BPPV diagnosis confirmation by a positive Dix-Hallpike maneuver were assessed (collection) by the Dizziness Handicap Inventory - Brazilian (DHI-Brazilian) before the first intervention, after the second (seven day interval) and six months after the second one. The interventions consisted of cervical relaxation, Epley and postural restrictions were applied after the first assessment and before the second evaluation, with an interval of seven days. The results were statistically analyzed. RESULTS: nine women with an average 63-year old (standard deviation 4.6). Were found in DHI-Brazilian aspects: Physical - the collection 1 a mean of 2.6a(±0.17); collection 2 of 0.82b(±0.24); collection 3 of 1.43b(±0.43) with p

  1. Cervical and ocular vestibular evoked myogenic potentials test results in individuals with auditory neuropathy spectrum disorders

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    Sujeet Kumar Sinha

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available “Auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder” is a clinical disorder where the outer hair cell functioning is intact but the functioning of the auditory nerve is affected. Since, the 8th nerve is constituted by both the auditory and vestibular branch of nerve fibers, there are chances that the vestibular nerve might also be affected. Hence, the current study was carried out in order to determine the functioning of vestibular nerve in individuals with Auditory Neuropathy. A total of 11 participants were considered for the current study. cVEMPs and oVEMPs were administered using the conventional protocol. In all the participants (100% the oVEMPs were absent whereas in 2 ears out of 22 ears tested (90.90% the cVEMPs were absent. The results of the present study indicate a high incidence of vestibular involvement in individuals with auditory neuropathy spectrum disorders. Also, it necessitates the inclusion of vestibular tests in the test battery used to assess individuals with auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder.

  2. Pharmacotherapy of vestibular and cerebellar disorders and downbeat nystagmus: translational and back-translational research.

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    Strupp, Michael; Zwergal, Andreas; Feil, Katharina; Bremova, Tatiana; Brandt, Thomas

    2015-04-01

    There are currently eight groups of drugs for the pharmacotherapy of vertigo, nystagmus, and cerebellar disorders: antiemetics; anti-inflammatories, antimenieres, and antimigraineous medications; antidepressants, anticonvulsants, aminopyridines, and acetyl-DL-leucine ("the eight A's"). In acute unilateral vestibulopathy, corticosteroids improve the recovery of peripheral vestibular function, but there is not sufficient current evidence for a general recommendation. There is also insufficient evidence that 48 or 144 mg/day betahistine has an effect in Ménière's disease. Therefore, higher dosages are currently recommended; in animal studies, it was shown that betahistine increases cochlear blood flow. In vestibular paroxysmia, oxcarbazepine was effective (one yet not randomized controlled trial (RCT)). Aminopyridines are recommended for the treatment of downbeat nystagmus (two RCTs) and episodic ataxia type 2 (EA2, one RCT). There are so far no RCTs on vestibular migraine, so currently no treatment can be recommended. Acetyl-dl-leucine improves cerebellar ataxia (three observational studies); it also accelerates central compensation in an animal model of acute unilateral lesion, but RCTs were negative. There are ongoing RCTs on vestibular paroxysmia with carbamazepine (VESPA), acute unilateral vestibulopathy with betahistine (BETAVEST), vestibular migraine with metoprolol (PROVEMIG), benign paroxysmal positional vertigo with vitamin D (VitD@BPPV), EA2 with 4-aminopyridine versus acetazolamide (EAT-2-TREAT), and cerebellar ataxias with acetyl-DL-leucine (ALCAT). PMID:25903394

  3. Tuning and sensitivity of the human vestibular system to low-frequency vibration.

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    Todd, Neil P McAngus; Rosengren, Sally M; Colebatch, James G

    2008-10-17

    Mechanoreceptive hair-cells of the vertebrate inner ear have a remarkable sensitivity to displacement, whether excited by sound, whole-body acceleration or substrate-borne vibration. In response to seismic or substrate-borne vibration, thresholds for vestibular afferent fibre activation have been reported in anamniotes (fish and frogs) in the range -120 to -90 dB re 1g. In this article, we demonstrate for the first time that the human vestibular system is also extremely sensitive to low-frequency and infrasound vibrations by making use of a new technique for measuring vestibular activation, via the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR). We found a highly tuned response to whole-head vibration in the transmastoid plane with a best frequency of about 100 Hz. At the best frequency we obtained VOR responses at intensities of less than -70 dB re 1g, which was 15 dB lower than the threshold of hearing for bone-conducted sound in humans at this frequency. Given the likely synaptic attenuation of the VOR pathway, human receptor sensitivity is probably an order of magnitude lower, thus approaching the seismic sensitivity of the frog ear. These results extend our knowledge of vibration-sensitivity of vestibular afferents but also are remarkable as they indicate that the seismic sensitivity of the human vestibular system exceeds that of the cochlea for low-frequencies. PMID:18706484

  4. Expression of estrogen and progesterone receptors in vestibular schwannomas and their clinical significance

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    Pandey Rakesh

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objective The objective was to determine the expression of estrogen and progesterone receptors in vestibular schwannomas as well as to determine predictive factors for estrogen and progesterone receptor positivity. Materials and methods The study included 100 cases of vestibular schwannomas operated from January 2006 to June 2009. The clinical details were noted from the medical case files. Formaldehyde-fixed parafiin-embedded archival vestibular schwannomas specimens were used for the immunohistochemical assessment of estrogen and progesterone receptors. Results Neither estrogen nor progesterone receptors could be detected in any of our cases by means of well known immunohistochemical method using well documented monoclonal antibodies. In the control specimens, a strongly positive reaction could be seen. Conclusion No estrogen and progesterone receptor could be found in any of our 100 cases of vestibular schwannomas. Hence our study does not support a causative role of estrogen and progesterone in the growth of vestibular schwannoma as well as hormonal manipulation in the treatment of this tumor.

  5. Vestibular signal processing in a subject with somatosensory deafferentation: The case of sitting posture

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    Teasdale Normand

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The vestibular system of the inner ear provides information about head translation/rotation in space and about the orientation of the head with respect to the gravitoinertial vector. It also largely contributes to the control of posture through vestibulospinal pathways. Testing an individual severely deprived of somatosensory information below the nose, we investigated if equilibrium can be maintained while seated on the sole basis of this information. Results Although she was unstable, the deafferented subject (DS was able to remain seated with the eyes closed in the absence of feet, arm and back supports. However, with the head unconsciously rotated towards the left or right shoulder, the DS's instability markedly increased. Small electrical stimulations of the vestibular apparatus produced large body tilts in the DS contrary to control subjects who did not show clear postural responses to the stimulations. Conclusion The results of the present experiment show that in the lack of vision and somatosensory information, vestibular signal processing allows the maintenance of an active sitting posture (i.e. without back or side rests. When head orientation changes with respect to the trunk, in the absence of vision, the lack of cervical information prevents the transformation of the head-centered vestibular information into a trunk-centered frame of reference of body motion. For the normal subjects, this latter frame of reference enables proper postural adjustments through vestibular signal processing, irrespectively of the orientation of the head with respect to the trunk.

  6. Frequency-specific modulation of vestibular-evoked sway responses in humans.

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    Dakin, Christopher J; Luu, Billy L; van den Doel, Kees; Inglis, John Timothy; Blouin, Jean-Sébastien

    2010-02-01

    Galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) results in characteristic muscle and whole-body responses in humans maintaining standing balance. However, the relationship between these two vestibular-evoked responses remains elusive. This study seeks to determine whether mechanical filtering from conversion of lower-limb muscle activity to body sway, during standing balance, can be used to attenuate sway while maintaining biphasic lower-limb muscle responses using frequency-limited stochastic vestibular stimulation (SVS). We hypothesized that SVS deprived of frequencies vestibular-evoked muscle responses from whole-body sway (0-25, 1-25, and 2-25 Hz). Two main results emerged: 1) SVS-related sway was attenuated when frequencies vestibular stimuli during conversion to muscle activity, anteroposterior (AP) moment, and sway. This successive low-pass filtering limited the transfer of signal power to frequencies 2 Hz to standing humans do not cause a destabilizing whole-body sway response but are associated with the typical biphasic lower-limb muscle responses. PMID:20032237

  7. Reabilitação vestibular: tendências e indicações

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    Clarissa Stefani Teixeira

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available A reabilitação vestibular classicamente indicada no tratamento das disfunções do aparelho vestibular vem sendo cada vez mais prescrita para pessoas com outras problemáticas relacionadas ao equilíbrio e a orientação espacial. Este estudo de cunho bibliográfico teve por objetivo realizar uma síntese dos estudos com reabilitação vestibular, focados em outras morbidades além das vestibulopatias, indicando as tendências de investigações e os principais resultados, principalmente de intervenções, em diferentes situações. Para isso foi realizado um mapeamento dos estudos relacionados ao tema nas bases de dados Lilacs, Science Direct e Scielo sendo selecionados 13 artigos para análise. Os estudos encontrados utilizaram a reabilitação vestibular no tratamento de diferentes problemas de origem neuro-motora e psicológica. A reabilitação vestibular mostrou-se efetiva para morbidades como o Parkinson, a ansiedade e a depressão. Além disso, esteve associada a melhorias na qualidade de vida nos aspectos físico, emocional e funcional e, principalmente, à melhoria dos equilíbrios estático e dinâmico bem como à diminuição das quedas.

  8. Investigations of the Effects of Altered Vestibular System Function on Hindlimb Anti-Gravity Muscles

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    Lowery, Mary Sue

    1998-01-01

    Exposure to different gravitational environments, both the microgravity of spaceflight and the hypergravity of centrifugation, result in altered vestibulo-spinal function which can be reversed by reacclimation to earth gravity (2). Control of orientation, posture, and locomotion are functions of the vestibular system which are altered by changes in gravitational environment. Not only is the vestibular system involved with coordination and proprioception, but the gravity sensing portion of the vestibular system also plays a major role in maintaining muscle tone through projections to spinal cord motoneurons that control anti-gravity muscles. I have been involved with investigations of several aspects of the link between vestibular inputs and muscle morphology and function during my work with Dr. Nancy Daunton this summer and the previous summer. We have prepared a manuscript for submission (4) to Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine based on work that I performed last summer in Dr. Daunton's lab. Techniques developed for that project will be utilized in subsequent experiments begun in the summer of 1998. I have been involved with the development of a pilot project to test the effects of vestibular galvanic stimulation (VGS) on anti-gravity muscles and in another project testing the effects of the ototoxic drug streptomycin on the otolith-spinal reflex and anti-gravity muscle morphology.

  9. Juvenil neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis

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    Ostergaard, J R; Hertz, Jens Michael

    1998-01-01

    Neuronal ceroid-lipofuscinosis is a group of neurodegenerative diseases which are characterized by an abnormal accumulation of lipopigment in neuronal and extraneuronal cells. The diseases can be differentiated into several subgroups according to age of onset, the clinical picture...

  10. Long-term mobile phone use and the risk of vestibular schwannoma: a Danish nationwide cohort study

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    Schüz, Joachim; Steding-Jessen, Marianne

    2011-01-01

    Vestibular schwannomas grow in the region within the brain where most of the energy by radiofrequency electromagnetic fields from using mobile phones is absorbed. The authors used 2 Danish nationwide cohort studies, one a study of all adult Danes subscribing for a mobile phone in 1995 or earlier and one on sociodemographic factors and cancer risk, and followed subjects included in both cohorts for occurrence of vestibular schwannoma up to 2006 inclusively. In this study including 2.9 million subjects, a long-term mobile phone subscription of ?11 years was not related to an increased vestibular schwannoma risk in men (relative risk estimate = 0.87, 95% confidence interval: 0.52, 1.46), and no vestibular schwannoma cases among long-term subscribers occurred in women versus 1.6 expected. Vestibular schwannomas did not occur more often on the right side of the head, although the majority of Danes reported holding their mobile phone to the right ear. Vestibular schwannomas in long-term male subscribers were not oflarger size than expected. Overall, no evidence was found that mobile phone use is related to the risk of vestibular schwannoma. Because of the usually slow growth of vestibular schwannoma and possible diagnostic delay, further surveillance is indicated.

  11. Long-term socio-economic impact of vestibular schwannoma for patients under observation and after surgery

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    Tos, Tina; Caye-Thomasen, Per; Stangerup, Sven-Eric; Tos, Mirko; Thomsen, Jens

    2003-01-01

    This study describes and compares the long-term socio-economic impact for patients diagnosed with a vestibular schwannoma and either operated on or observed. A consecutive sample of patients diagnosed with vestibular schwannoma in Denmark and either operated on (748 patients) or observed by the w...

  12. NEURON and Python

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    MichaelHines; AndrewPDavison; EilifMuller

    2009-01-01

    The NEURON simulation program now allows Python to be used, alone or in combination with NEURON's traditional Hoc interpreter. Adding Python to NEURON has the immediate benefit of making available a very extensive suite of analysis tools written for engineering and science. It also catalyzes NEURON software development by offering users a modern programming tool that is recognized for its flexibility and power to create and maintain complex programs. At the same time, nothing is lost because ...

  13. Mirror Neurons: Recent Progresses

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    Leonardo Fogassi

    2009-01-01

    Mirror neurons are a distinct set of neurons, originally discovered in the premotor cortex (area F5) and the inferior parietal lobule of the monkey that discharge both when the monkey executes a specific action and when it observes another individual doing a similar action. In the first part of my lecture, I will review the basic functional properties of mirror neurons. I will describe first their motor properties. I will show that, as most neurons in the premotor cortex and inferior pariet...

  14. Motor Neurons that Multitask

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    Goulding, Martyn

    2012-01-01

    Animals use a form of sensory feedback termed proprioception to monitor their body position and modify the motor programs that control movement. In this issue of Neuron, Wen et al. (2012) provide evidence that a subset of motor neurons function as proprioceptors in C. elegans, where B-type motor neurons sense body curvature to control the bending movements that drive forward locomotion.

  15. Potenciais miogênicos evocados vestibulares: metodologias de registro em homens e cobaias Vestibular evoked myogenic potential: recording methods in humans and guinea pigs

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    Aline Cabral de Oliveira

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available O potencial miogênico evocado vestibular (VEMP é um teste clínico que avalia a função vestibular através de um reflexo vestíbulo-cervical inibitório captado nos músculos do corpo em resposta à estimulação acústica de alta intensidade. OBJETIVO: Verificar e analisar os diversos métodos de registro dos potenciais miogênicos evocados vestibulares no homem e em cobaias. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Realizou-se busca eletrônica nas bases de dados MEDLINE, LILACS, SCIELO e COCHRANE. RESULTADOS: Foram verificadas divergências quanto às formas de registro dos potenciais miogênicos evocados vestibulares, relacionadas com os seguintes fatores: posição do paciente no momento do registro, tipo de estímulo sonoro utilizado (clicks ou tone bursts, parâmetros para a promediação dos estímulos (intensidade, freqüência, tempo de apresentação, filtros, ganho de amplificação das respostas e janelas para captação dos estímulos, tipo de fone utilizado e forma de apresentação dos estímulos (monoaural ou binaural, ipsi ou contralateral. CONCLUSÃO: Não existe consenso na literatura quanto ao melhor método de registro dos potenciais evocados miogênicos vestibulares, havendo necessidade de pesquisas mais específicas para comparação entre estes registros e a definição de um modelo padrão para a utilização na prática clínica.The vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP is a clinical test that assess the vestibular function by means of an inhibitory vestibulo-neck reflex, recorded in body muscles in response to high intensity acoustic stimuli. AIM: To check and analyze the different methods used to record VEMPs in humans and in guinea pigs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We researched the following databases: MEDLINE, LILACS, SCIELO and COCHRANE. RESULTS: we noticed discrepancies in relation to the ways used to record the vestibular evoked myogenic potentials in relation to the following factors: patient position at the time of recording, type of sound stimulus used (clicks or tone bursts, parameters for stimuli mediation (intensity, frequency, duration of presentation, filters, response amplification gain and windows for stimulus recording, type of phone used and way of stimulus presentation (mono or binaural, ipsi or contralateral. CONCLUSION: There is no consensus in the literature as to the best recording method for vestibular evoked myogenic potentials. We need more specific studies in order to compare these recordings and establish a standard model to use it in the clinical practice.

  16. Histopathological and ultrastructural analysis of vestibular endorgans in Meniere's disease reveals basement membrane pathology

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    McCall Andrew A

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background We report the systematic analysis of the ultrastructural and cytological histopathology of vestibular endorgans acquired from labyrinthectomy in Meniere's disease. Methods 17 subjects with intractable Meniere's disease and ipsilateral non-serviceable hearing presenting to the Neurotology Clinic from 1997 to 2006 who chose ablative labyrinthectomy (average age = 62 years; range 29–83 years participated. The average duration of symptoms prior to surgery was 7 years (range 1–20 years. Results Nearly all vestibular endorgans demonstrated varying degrees of degeneration. A monolayer of epithelial cells occurred significantly more frequently in the horizontal cristae (12/13 = 92% (p Conclusion Systematic histopathological analysis of the vestibular endorgans from Meniere's disease demonstrated neuroepithelial degeneration which was highly correlated with an associated BM thickening. Other findings included hair cell and supporting cell microvessicles, increased intercellular clear spaces in the stroma, and endothelial cell vacuolization and stromal perivascular BM thickening.

  17. Development of a closed-loop neural prosthesis for vestibular disorders

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    Di Giovanna J.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Vestibular disorders can cause severe problems including spatial disorientation, imbalance, nausea, visual blurring, and even cognitive deficits. The CLONS project is developing a closed-loop, sensory neural prosthesis to alleviate these symptoms [1]. In this article, we outline the different components necessary to develop this prosthetic. A short version of this work was presented in the NEUREL 2010 [1]. Conceptually, the prosthesis restores vestibular information based on inertial sensors rigidly affixed to the user. These sensors provide information about rotational velocity of the head; the prosthetic then transfers the information to the vestibular nerve via electrical stimulation. Here we present a project overview, development details, and summarize our progress in animal models and selected human volunteers.

  18. Astronaut Owen Garriott as test subject for Human Vestibular Function exp.

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    1973-01-01

    Scientist-Astronaut Owen K. Garriott, Skylab 3 science pilot, serves as test subject for the Skylab Human Vestibular Function M131 Experiment, as seen in this photographic reproduction taken from a television transmission made by a color TV camera aboard the Skylab space station in Earth orbit. The objectives of the M131 experiment are to obtain data pertinent to establishing the validity of measurements of specific behavioral/physiological responses influenced by vestibular activity under one-G and zero-G conditions; to determine man's adaptability to unusual vestibular conditions and predict habitability of future spacecraft conditions involving reduced gravity and Coriollis forces; and to measure the accuracy and variability in man's judgement of spatial coordinates based on atypical gravity receptor cues and inadequate visual cues.

  19. Effects of Vestibular Loss on Orthostatic Responses to Tilts in the Pitch Plane

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    Wood, Scott J.; Serrador, Jorge M.; Black, F. Owen; Rupert,Angus H.; Schlegel, Todd T.

    2004-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which vestibular loss might impair orthostatic responses to passive tilts in the pitch plane in human subjects. Data were obtained from six subjects having chronic bilateral vestibular loss and six healthy individuals matched for age, gender, and body mass index. Vestibular loss was assessed with a comprehensive battery including dynamic posturography, vestibulo-ocular and optokinetic reflexes, vestibular evoked myogenic potentials, and ocular counterrolling. Head up tilt tests were conducted using a motorized two-axis table that allowed subjects to be tilted in the pitch plane from either a supine or prone body orientation at a slow rate (8 deg/s). The sessions consisted of three tilts, each consisting of20 min rest in a horizontal position, tilt to 80 deg upright for 10 min, and then return to the horizontal position for 5 min. The tilts were performed in darkness (supine and prone) or in light (supine only). Background music was used to mask auditory orientation cues. Autonomic measurements included beat-to-beat recordings of blood pressure (Finapres), heart rate (ECG), cerebral blood flow velocity in the middle cerebral artery (transcranial Doppler), end tidal CO2, respiratory rate and volume (Respritrace), and stroke volume (impedance cardiography). For both patients and control subjects, cerebral blood flow appeared to exhibit the most rapid adjustment following transient changes in posture. Outside of a greater cerebral hypoperfusion in patients during the later stages of tilt, responses did not differ dramatically between the vestibular loss and control subjects, or between tilts performed in light and dark room conditions. Thus, with the 'exception of cerebrovascular regulation, we conclude that orthostatic responses during slow postural tilts are not substantially impaired in humans following chronic loss of vestibular function, a result that might reflect compensation by nonvisual graviceptor inputs (e.g., somatosensory) or other circulatory reflex mechanisms.

  20. Vestibular-Somatosensory Convergence in Head Movement Control During Locomotion after Long-Duration Space Flight

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    Mulavara, Ajitkumar; Ruttley, Tara; Cohen, Helen; Peters, Brian; Miller, Chris; Brady, Rachel; Merkle, Lauren; Bloomberg, Jacob

    2010-01-01

    Exposure to the microgravity conditions of space flight induces adaptive modification in the control of vestibular-mediated reflexive head movement during locomotion after space flight. Space flight causes astronauts to be exposed to somatosensory adaptation in both the vestibular and body load-sensing (BLS) systems. The goal of these studies was to examine the contributions of vestibular and BLS-mediated somatosensory influences on head movement control during locomotion after long-duration space flight. Subjects were asked to walk on a treadmill driven at 1.8 m/s while performing a visual acuity task. Data were collected using the same testing protocol from three independent subject groups; 1) normal subjects before and after exposure to 30 minutes of 40% bodyweight unloaded treadmill walking, 2) bilateral labyrinthine deficient (LD) patients and 3) astronauts who performed the protocol before and after long duration space flight. Motion data from head and trunk segmental motion data were obtained to calculate the angular head pitch (HP) movements during walking trials while subjects performed the visual task, to estimate the contributions of vestibular reflexive mechanisms in HP movements. Results showed that exposure to unloaded locomotion caused a significant increase in HP movements, whereas in the LD patients the HP movements were significantly decreased. Astronaut subjects results showed a heterogeneous response of both increases and decreases in the amplitude of HP movement. We infer that BLS-mediated somatosensory input centrally modulates vestibular input and can adaptively modify head-movement control during locomotion. Thus, space flight may cause a central adaptation mediated by the converging vestibular and body load-sensing somatosensory systems.

  1. Reabilitação vestibular na qualidade de vida e sintomatologia de tontura de idosos / Vestibular rehabilitation in the quality of life and the symptomatology of dizziness among the elderly

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    Paulo Roberto, Rocha Júnior; Elton Storto, Kozan; Josué Ferreira de, Moraes; Fernando Garbi, Pereira; Adriana Bassan, Moreno.

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do artigo é analisar o efeito de um protocolo estruturado de reabilitação vestibular na sintomatologia de tontura e qualidade de vida de idosos. Participaram nove idosos, quatro do gênero masculino e cinco do feminino. Utilizou-se para avaliação da qualidade de vida o Dizziness Handicap I [...] nventory - DHI e para a sintomatologia de tontura, a escala de quantificação de tontura. Desenvolveu-se um protocolo de reabilitação vestibular constituído de atividades em grupo. Para a análise dos dados, utilizou-se o teste de Wilcoxon e teste T de Student. Utilizou-se o Coeficiente de Correlação de Spearman para analisar a relação entre qualidade de vida e sintomatologia de tontura. O nível de significância utilizado foi de 5%. Observou-se melhora significativa da sintomatologia de tontura, da qualidade de vida geral e dos aspectos físicos, emocionais e funcionais após a realização do programa. Verificou-se ainda, uma boa correlação positiva entre sintomatologia de tontura e qualidade de vida. Conclui-se que os participantes do programa obtiveram uma melhora significativa da tontura, qualidade de vida geral e dos seus respectivos aspectos pós-reabilitação vestibular. Observou-se ainda uma boa correlação entre sintomatologia de tontura e qualidade de vida geral. Abstract in english The scope of this paper was to analyze the effect of a structured protocol of vestibular rehabilitation in the symptomatology of dizziness and the quality of life among the elderly. Nine elderly individuals were attended, namely four males and five females. The Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI) was [...] used to assess quality of life and the dizziness quantification scale for the symptomatology of dizziness. A protocol for vestibular rehabilitation consisting of group activities was then developed. The Wilcoxon test and Student t-test were used for data analysis. The Spearman correlation coefficient was used to analyze the relationship between quality of life and the symptomology of dizziness. The significance level used was 5%. There was significant improvement in the symptomatology of dizziness, overall quality of life and physical, emotional and functional aspects after completion of the program. There was also a good positive correlation between the symptomatology of dizziness and quality of life. The conclusion reached was that program participants had a significant improvement of dizziness, general quality of life and their respective vestibular rehabilitation aspects. There was also a good correlation between symptomatology of dizziness and overall quality of life.

  2. Tratamiento de schwanomas vestibulares esporádicos mediante radiocirugía: Estudio prospectivo de cohorte Radiosurgical treatment of sporadic vestibular schwannomas: A prospective cohort study

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    Freddy Martel V

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Analizar los resultados iniciales de un estudio prospectivo en pacientes con schwanomas vestibulares tratados con radiocirugía en la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Material y método: Se presentan 17 pacientes portadores de schwanomas vestibulares esporádicos tratados con radiocirugía y seguidos entre 6 y 26 meses. El tratamiento fue realizado con acelerador lineal Varían clinac21 EX, con equipamiento Varían-Zmed. La dosis marginal administrada al tumor fue de 12 a 12,5 Gray El seguimiento a 6, 12 y 24 meses consta de resonancia magnética, audiometríay evaluación clínica. Resultados: La dosis marginal de irradiación usada fue entre 12y 12,5 Gray normalizada a la isodosis 70% u 80%. En todos los pacientes se documentó disminución de la captación de contraste del tumor y en 16 (94% se observaron áreas de necrosis centro tumoral. No hubo mortalidad, la preservación de audición útil fue 62,5% actuaría! a 2 años. No ha existido deterioro de la función de los nervios facial ni trigémino. Todos los pacientes que previamente estaban trabajando retornaron a sus labores en promedio 11,5 días luego del tratamiento. Conclusiones: Los resultados iniciales de esta serieison comparables a los resultados publicados en la literatura y refuerzan el demostrado rol de la radiocirugía en el tratamiento de los schwanomas vestibulares.Objective: To analyze the preliminary experience of radiosurgery for Vestibular Schwannomas at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Material and methods: Thefirst 17 patients with sporadic Vestibular Schwannomas treated by radiosurgery at our institution are reponed. The marginal dose used was 12 to 12.5 Gy. prescribed at the 70 or 80 isodose Une. Patients were controlled at 6, 12 and 24 months with magnetic resonance, audiometric study and clinical examination. Results: In all of the 17 patients treated a decrease tumor enhancement on MR was demonstrated. In 16 patients (94% a pattern of central tumor necrosis was observed during the firsyear Actuaría! useful hearing was maintained in 62.5% at 2 year after treatment. Facial nerve function was maintained in all of the 15 patients with normal function at treatment (100%. Trigémina! function was maintained in all of the 14 patients (100% with previous normal trigeminal function. The mean time to return to work or normal activities was 11.5 days after treatment Conclusions: These preliminary results are comparable with results published in the literature and reinforce the demónstrate role oí radiosurgery in the management oí vestibular schwannomas.