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  1. 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

  2. Achados oculares em pacientes com mucopolissacaridoses

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    Flávia Silva Villas-Bôas

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste estudo foi determinar a prevalência e gravidade das complicações oculares em pacientes com mucopolissacaridoses (MPS. MÉTODOS: Vinte e nove pacientes com diagnóstico de mucopolissacaridoses foram estudados. Foram avaliados: idade, sexo, acuidade visual, presença de estrabismo, erros refrativos, exame de fundo de olho, pressão intraocular, espessura corneal central e ultrassonografia ocular. RESULTADOS: Foram avaliados três pacientes com MPS I (12%, 11 pacientes com MPS II (37,9%, um paciente com MPS III (3,4% e 14 pacientes com MPS VI (48,3%. A média de idade foi de 9,5 anos (DP 5,5. Observou-se hipermetropia em 88,5% (23 pacientes e astigmatismo em 51,7% (15 pacientes. A média da acuidade visual corrigida foi de 0,45 logMAR (DP 0,68. A média do equivalente esférico foi +3,57 D (DP 2,46 e da pressão intraocular foi 17 mmHg (DP 3,9. Os achados mais comuns foram: espessamento palpebral 24,1% (7 pacientes; opacidade da córnea, 55,2% dos casos (16 pacientes; atrofia do nervo óptico, 23,1% (6 pacientes; dobras radiais na retina 24% (7 pacientes. O fundo de olho não foi examinado em 3 pacientes devido à opacidade de córnea. A média da espessura do complexo esclera-retina-coroide (ERC medida por ultrassom foi de 1,78 mm (DP 0,51. CONCLUSÃO: Os achados oftalmológicos mais proeminentes foram espessamento palpebral, diminuição da acuidade visual, hipermetropia moderada, opacidade da córnea, dobras radiais na retina perimacular e atrofia do nervo óptico.

  3. Linfangiectasia renal: achado incidental em tomografia computadorizada multicorte e revisão da literatura

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    Rodrigo Abdalla de Vasconcelos

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Linfangiectasia renal é uma condição rara, caracterizada por coleções parapiélicas e perirrenais, que pode progredir de assintomática para insuficiência renal crônica. É apresentado um caso de achado incidental em tomografia computadorizada de linfangiectasia renal bilateral em paciente assintomático, com descrição dos principais achados à luz dos métodos de imagem e ampla revisão da literatura.

  4. Achados eletrencefalográficos em pacientes com toxoplasmose

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    Rubens Moura Ribeiro

    1964-06-01

    Full Text Available Foram estudados os exames eletrencefalográficos de 34 pacientes com toxoplasmose, comparando-os com os eletrencefalogramas obtidos em grupo contrôle constituido por 50 indivíduos sem coriorretinite, sem síndrome convulsiva e sem sintomatologia neurológica. Para diferençar traçados eletrencefalográficos normais de traçados alterados foram considerados: a a presença, ou não, de atividade paroxística focal; b a freqüência geral da atividade elétrica; c as assimetrias de ritmo; d o caráter e grau de resposta à ativação pela hiperpnéia. Alterações eletrencefalográficas foram observadas em 30 (88,2% pacientes do grupo com toxoplasmose e em 27 (54% indivíduos do grupo contrôle. Atividade paroxística focal representada por ondas "sharp" foi registrada em 18 (53% pacientes do grupo patológico: em 7 a alteração foi encontrada no traçado de repouso e confirmada no traçado ativado pela hiperpnéia; em 10 a alteração só foi registrada durante o traçado ativado; em 1, só foi observada durante o traçado de repouso, não tendo sido o paciente submetido à ativação pela hiperpnéia. No grupo contrôle, a atividade paroxística focal foi observada em 8 (16% indivíduos, sendo que em um a alteração foi registrada durante o traçado de repouso e durante o sono. Ritmos rápidos de mais de 13 c/seg. foram registrados em 5 (15% pacientes do grupo patológico; no grupo contrôle não foram encontrados ritmos rápidos. Assimetria da atividade elétrica cerebral apareceu em 7 (21,2% pacientes do grupo patológico e em 3 (6% do grupo contrôle. Desorganização do ritmo foi encontrada em 15 (46,9% pacientes do grupo patológico e em 11 (22% do grupo contrôle, sempre mediante ativação pela hiperpnéia. A desorganização do ritmo, quando encontrada, revelou-se, em média, mais duradoura no grupo patológico que no grupo contrôle. Irregularidade do ritmo foi observada em 12 (37,5% pacientes do grupo patológico, sendo que em dois

  5. Achados histopatológicos renais em idosos

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    Carmo,Priscylla Aparecida Vieira do; Kirsztajn,Gianna Mastroianni; Carmo,Wander Barros do; Franco,Marcello Fabiano; Bastos,Marcus Gomes

    2010-01-01

    INTRODUÇÃO: A população idosa mundial tem aumentado de forma expressiva e pesquisas apontam para um aumento da expectativa de vida dos brasileiros em cerca de 10 anos. Assim como outras comorbidades, as doenças glomerulares também são observadas em idosos e, neste contexto, a biopsia renal surge como ferramenta diagnóstica fundamental para auxiliar a tomada de conduta, evitando, muitas vezes, terapias desnecessárias. OBJETIVO: Estabelecer a frequência dos diagnósticos histológicos em idosos s...

  6. Adiaspiromicose pulmonar: achado casual em paciente falecido de febre amarela

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    Moraes Mário A.P.

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Durante um surto de febre amarela (forma rural da infecção instalado, em fins de 1999, no Estado de Goiás, Brasil, um enfermo, com sintomatologia suspeita, faleceu no Hospital Universitário de Brasília, DF, cinco dias após a admissão. À necropsia, microscopicamente, além das alterações hepáticas características da infecção, encontraram-se nos pulmões e linfonodos hilares, estruturas arredondadas, reconhecidas como adiaconídios de Emmonsia parva var. crescens.

  7. 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.

  8. Achados otoneurológicos em pacientes com doença de Parkinson Neurotological findings in patients with Parkinson's disease

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    Jackeline Martins Bassetto

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available O número de idosos vem aumentando consideravelmente em nossa população, com isso, as doenças crônico-degenerativas como a doença de Parkinson (DP, cuja sintomatologia relacionada ao equilíbrio é constante, torna-se cada vez mais freqüente na população idosa. OBJETIVO: Verificar os achados no exame labiríntico em pacientes com DP e correlacioná-los com a sintomatologia vestibular. Forma de Estudo: Corte contemporânea com corte transversal. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Avaliaram-se trinta pacientes, vinte do sexo feminino e dez do sexo masculino na faixa etária de 48 a 84 anos. Procedimentos: anamnese, inspeção otológica e avaliação vestibular por meio da vectoeletronistagmografia (VENG. RESULTADOS: a Com relação às queixas otoneurológicas referidas à anamnese, observou-se a prevalência do tremor (100,0%, da tontura (43,3%, do zumbido (40,0%, do desequilíbrio á marcha e queda (36,6% em cada; b Na avaliação da função vestibular, evidenciou-se diferença significativa na proporção de exames alterados (p=0,0000; c A prevalência de alteração ocorreu no sistema vestibular periférico (93,3% e na prova calórica com predomínio da hiporreflexia labiríntica bilateral (30,0%; d Correlacionou-se o resultado do exame com a sintomatologia vestibular e observou-se que não existe diferença significativa. CONCLUSÃO: Este estudo permitiu verificar um número significativo de exames alterados independente da ocorrência da sintomatologia.The number of elderly people is increasing considerably in our settings, and with that we have a matching increase in chronic-degenerative diseases - such as Parkinson's Disease (PD, which has balance-related symptoms associated and is increasingly more prevalent in the elderly population. AIM: Study labyrinth exams in PD patients and associate them with vestibular disorders. Study design: contemporary cross-sectional cohort. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty patients were assessed, twenty females and

  9. Síndrome vestibular em canídeos

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    Ferreira, Ricardo Filipe da Silva

    2009-01-01

    Dissertação de Mestrado Integrado em Medicina Veterinária A síndrome vestibular é uma apresentação neurológica relativamente comum em Medicina Veterinária. É definida como o conjunto de sinais clínicos associados a uma doença do sistema vestibular. A função do sistema vestibular é traduzir as forças de gravidade e movimento em sinais neurológicos utilizados pelo encéfalo para a determinação da posição da cabeça no espaço, e para a coordenação dos movimentos da cabeça com os ...

  10. Achados ultrassonográficos em toxocaríase ocular

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    Fábio Barreto Morais

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar achados ultrassonográficos nas três principais formas de apresentação da toxocaríase ocular (granulomas de periferia e polo posterior e endoftalmite crônica, em pacientes com diagnóstico confirmado de toxocaríase ocular. MÉTODOS: Foram analisados no estudo 11 pacientes (11 olhos, de forma prospectiva, com diagnóstico de toxocaríase forma ativa, com teste ELISA positivo. Os pacientes foram submetidos ao exame de ultrassonografia ocular (transdutor 10 MHz, técnica de contato. RESULTADOS: Na série de 11 pacientes, com idade média de 7,9 anos (variando de 2 a 17 anos, 73% homens, referiram contato prévio com cães (91%, e com solo (50%, sem referência à perversão do apetite. Na avaliação dos olhos comprometidos (11 olhos, o exame oftalmológico revelou a seguinte distribuição das três formas de toxocaríase ocular: 7 (63,6%, granuloma de polo posterior; 1 (9,1%, endoftalmite crônica; 2 (18,2%, granuloma periférico; e 1 (9,1%, quadro associado de granuloma de polo posterior e endoftalmite crônica. Acuidade visual comprometida: sem percepção luminosa (3 olhos, 27,3%; visão de vultos (4 olhos, 36,4%; contar dedos a 10 cm (1 olho, 9,1%; 20/200 (1 olho, 9,1%; 20/70 (1 olho, 9,1%; indeterminado (1 olho, 9,1%. Sorologia para Toxocara canis foi positiva (teste ELISA em 100% dos casos. Oftalmoscopia foi difícil ou impossível em 64% dos casos devido à opacidade de meios. Características ultrassonográficas observadas: membranas vítreas com retina aplicada (100%; lesões de parede (granulomas com refletividade alta (80% ou média (20%. CONCLUSÃO: O achado ultrassonográfico mais consistente no olho portador de toxocaríase foi a presença de massa retiniana de alta refletividade, localizada no polo posterior ou periferia, que pode ser calcificada, e que apresenta como principal característica a aderência de membranas vítreas. Em combinação com a história, exame clínico e sorologia, a ultrassonografia

  11. 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

    2013-01-01

    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...

  12. Doenças cerebrovasculares em pacientes entre 15 e 40 anos: achados neuropatológicos em 47 casos

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    Maggio Everton M.

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available As doenças cerebrovasculares em pacientes entre 15 e 40 anos são pouco estudadas na literatura latino americana, principalmente no que tange aos achados neuropatológicos. Analisamos 47 encéfalos provenientes de necrópsias completas realizadas no período de 1987 a 1997 selecionados com base na faixa etária e alteração neuropatológica básica envolvendo fenômenos vasculares. Destes 47 casos analisados, 26 eram (55,3% do sexo feminino. Quanto à distribuição etária, 12,8% (n=06 acometeram pacientes entre 15 e 20 anos, 51,1% (n=24 entre 21 e 30 anos, 36,2% (n=17 entre 31 e 40 anos. As doenças básicas que culminaram no óbito foram agrupadas, sendo mais frequentes as doenças cardíacas e hematológicas (19,2%, alterações decorrentes de complicações de gestação (12,8%, doenças infecciosas, doenças dos vasos sanguíneos e doenças neurológicas (10,7% entre outras. As alterações neuropatológicas incluíram hérnia cerebral e/ou cerebelar (16%, edema cerebral (13,8%, hemorragia subaracnóidea (10%, infarto cerebral recente (9%, hemorragia intraparequimatosa (8%, encefalopatia hipóxico-isquêmica (3% e eventos menos comuns como a síndrome de Sneddon e vasculite lúpica. Tais achados expressam que os fenômenos cerebrovasculares têm, nesta faixa etária, perfil próprio com estreita relação com a doença de base.

  13. Achados histopatológicos renais em idosos Histopathological findings in elderly patients

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    Priscylla Aparecida Vieira do Carmo

    2010-09-01

    foi a síndrome nefrótica. Predominaram as doenças glomerulares entre os diagnósticos histológicos renais, com destaque para NM e nefroesclerose hipertensiva, achados compatíveis com estudos prévios nesta área, mas raramente avaliados em nosso meio. Fica claro que a diversidade de diagnósticos e os tratamentos diferenciados justificam a biopsia renal para tomada de decisão neste grupo de pacientes.INTRODUCTION: The elderly population has significantly increased worldwide and recent studies have evidenced a 10-year increase in Brazilian life expectancy. Similarly to other comorbidities, glomerular diseases are also observed in the elderly, and, in that age group, kidney biopsy emerges as a fundamental diagnostic tool to help disease management, preventing unnecessary therapies. OBJECTIVE: To establish the frequency of histological diagnoses in the elderly undergoing kidney biopsy, with an emphasis on glomerulopathies (GPs, at two Brazilian universities. METHODS: Retrospective assessment of kidney biopsy reports of the Department of Pathology of UNIFESP (patients aged 60 years or above, from 01/01/1996 to 12/31/2003 and of the outpatient clinic of GPs of NIEPEN. The studies of transplanted kidneys and nephrectomies were excluded. The following data were analyzed: age; sex; clinical syndrome at presentation; and histological diagnosis (light microscopy and immunofluorescence. Nephropathies were classified as primary GPs, secondary kidney diseases, nonglomerular diseases, and others. RESULTS: One hundred and thirteen biopsies were assessed, the mean age of patients was 66.0 ± 6.0 years, and the male sex prevailed (54.8%. The most common clinical presentation was nephrotic syndrome (32.7%, followed by acute and chronic kidney failure (18.6%, each. Glomerular diseases were as follows: membranous nephropathy (MN, 15%; hypertensive nephrosclerosis, 11.5%; focal segmental glomerulosclerosis and vasculitis/crescentic GN, 9.7% each; amyloidosis, chronic

  14. Achados patológicos e imuno-histoquímicos em felinos domésticos com panleucopenia felina

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    Neusa B. Castro

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available A panleucopenia felina é uma importante doença infectocontagiosa de felinos domésticos, principalmente em animais com menos de um ano de idade. Este trabalho descreve os achados clinicopatológicos e o diagnóstico imuno-histoquímico de 33 casos de panleucopenia felina. Os principais sinais clínicos relatados foram vômito, diarreia e anorexia. As alterações mais frequentes na necropsia foram mucosa intestinal avermelhada (16/33, evidenciação das placas de Peyer (14/33 e conteúdo intestinal liquefeito (7/33. Os achados histológicos mais frequentes no intestino foram necrose (33/33 e infiltrado inflamatório linfo-histiocitário na mucosa (31/33, fusão (27/33 e atrofia de vilosidades (26/33. Em órgãos hematopoiéticos as alterações se caracterizavam principalmente por necrose e rarefação celular. Obteve-se resultado imuno-histoquímico positivo para parvovírus em 84,85% dos casos analisados. O intestino delgado foi o melhor órgão para detecção viral, com imunomarcação em 84,85%. Dentre os órgãos linfoides, o baço apresentou o melhor resultado, com 47,37% dos cortes analisados positivos. A pesquisa revelou importantes lesões no intestino delgado e em órgãos linfoides e a técnica da imuno-histoquímica demonstrou-se eficiente na detecção do parvovírus.

  15. Ocorrência de neoplasias em caninos na cidade de Salvador, Bahia (Achados de biopsias.

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    V. T. F. de Souza

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO: Estudaram-se microscopicamente 138 amostras obtidas de biopsias de diversos tecidos e órgãos de caninos da região metropolitana de Salvador, Bahia. Foram diagnosticadas 126 casos de neoplasias de vários tipos histológicos, sobressaindo os tumores de pele e os da glândula mamária . PALAVRAS CHAVE: Neoplasias, caninos, tumores, patologia , achados de biopsia , câncer, neoplasmas SUMMARY: Microscopic examinations were performed in the 138 biopsies of various tecides and organs of the canines from the metropolitan regions of Salvador, Bahia. Diagnostic showed 126 cases of the neoplasms of various histologic appearances, must of the teguments and mammary glands tumors. KEYWORDS: Neoplasies, canines, tumours, pathology, biopsies, findings, cancer, neoplasms.

  16. Achados tomográficos em 1000 pacientes consecutivos com antecedentes de crises epilépticas

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    Trentin Ana Paula

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Analizamos retrospectivamente as tomografias computadorizadas (TC de crânio de 1000 pacientes consecutivos, com história clínica de crises epilépticas classificadas do ponto de vista clínico em generalizadas (CG e parciais (CP. Nossos resultados mostraram a presença de CG em 70,7% dos pacientes, sendo 57,1% do sexo masculino e 42,9% do sexo feminino e, CP em 29,3%, sendo 60,0% do sexo maculino e 40,0% do sexo femninino. As faixas etárias de maior incidência foram entre 0 a 10 (31,0% e 11 a 20 (21,8% anos nos pacientes com CG e 0 a 10 (24,5%, 21 a 30 (16,7% e 31 a 40 anos (18,4% nos pacientes com CP. Os resultados tomográficos no grupo com CG foram: normais (48,8% e alterados em 51,2%, sendo esses achados definidos como calcificações/cisticercose (14,0%, neurocisticercose/cistos (9,6% hidrocefalia (4,4%, infarto (4,2%, indefinido (4,0%, tumor (2,5% entre outros (12,5,%. Nos pacientes com CP os exames tomográficos foram normais em 37,4%, alterados em 62,7%, tendo os diagnósticos de neurocisticercose/cistos (12,2%, calcificações/cisticercose (11,2%, tumor (10,5%, indefinido (8,1%, infarto (5,4%, hidrocefalia (3,7% e outros (11,6%. Salientamos a importância da TC em pacientes com epilepsia, particularmente para o diagnóstico de neurocisticercose.

  17. Posturografia em idosos com distúrbios vestibulares e quedas

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    Camila Macedo

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available 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 idosos com distúrbios vestibulares por meio de posturografia computadorizada estática e dinâmica. Métodos: Revisão nas bases de dados LILACS, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Scielo, Cochrane, ISI Web of Knowledge e bibliotecas virtuais de teses e dissertações, utilizando as palavras-chave “Idoso”, “Equilíbrio Postural”, “Avaliação”, “Controle Postural”, “Quedas”, “Posturografia”, “Vestibular” e/ou “Tontura” de publicações dos últimos vinte anos. Resultados: Há vários modelos de posturografias que mensuram as respostas posturais e o risco de quedas em indivíduos idosos, perante os diferentes estímulos sensoriais, incluindo a tecnologia de realidade virtual. Os idosos com desequilíbrio corporal, tontura, e/ou com histórico de quedas apresentam pior desempenho que idosos sem queixas, sem histórico de quedas e indivíduos mais jovens. Conclusão: A posturografia é uma valiosa ferramenta para análise quantitativa do controle postural, permitindo a identificação das condições sensoriais nas quais os idosos vestibulopatas apresentam maior instabilidade.

  18. Achado incidental de glândula sebácea em colo uterino: provavelmente um processo metaplásico

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    Ogata,Daniel Cury; Pereira Neto,Elisiário; Perin,Daiana Paola; May,Bruna Miers

    2012-01-01

    As glândulas sebáceas ectópicas são achados muito infrequentes no trato genital feminino. Descrevemos um caso que ocorreu em paciente de 42 anos de idade, submetida à histerectomia total, devido à leiomiomatose e ao prolapso uterino.

  19. Achados histopatológicos renais em idosos Histopathological findings in elderly patients

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    Priscylla Aparecida Vieira do Carmo; Gianna Mastroianni Kirsztajn; Wander Barros do Carmo; Marcello Fabiano Franco; Marcus Gomes Bastos

    2010-01-01

    INTRODUÇÃO: A população idosa mundial tem aumentado de forma expressiva e pesquisas apontam para um aumento da expectativa de vida dos brasileiros em cerca de 10 anos. Assim como outras comorbidades, as doenças glomerulares também são observadas em idosos e, neste contexto, a biopsia renal surge como ferramenta diagnóstica fundamental para auxiliar a tomada de conduta, evitando, muitas vezes, terapias desnecessárias. OBJETIVO: Estabelecer a frequência dos diagnósticos histológicos em idosos s...

  20. Achados oculares em pacientes com mielomeningocele: 72 casos Ocular findings in 72 patients with meningomyelocele

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    Mônica Fialho Cronemberger

    2000-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Estudar as alterações oculares em pacientes com mielomeningocele. Material e Método: Realizado estudo retrospectivo em 72 pacientes com mielomeningocele, descrevendo as alterações oculares presentes nessa população, além de correlacionar com a presença ou não de hidrocefalia. Resultados: Dos 72 pacientes com mielomeningocele, com idade variando de 5 meses a 18 anos, 64 (88,9% pacientes tinham hidrocefalia. Destes 64 pacientes, 36 (56,3% tinham estrabismo, sendo que 21 (58,3% eram endotrópicos, 13 (36,1% exotrópicos, 1 (2,8% exofórico e 1 (2,8% com estrabismo discinético. Do total dos 72 pacientes estudados 38 (52,8% eram estrábicos. A anisotropia foi encontrada em 16 (22,2% pacientes, sendo que em 14 (87,5% em A e em 2 (12,5% em V. Todos os 16 pacientes com anisotropia apresentavam hidrocefalia. O erro refrativo mais freqüente foi a hipermetropia encontrada em 64 (44,4% olhos. Atrofia óptica foi encontrada em 9 (12,5% pacientes. Conclusão: A mielomeningocele, associada a hidrocefalia, apresenta uma porcentagem de estrabismo maior do que o encontrado na população normal.Purpose: To study ocular findings in patients with meningomyelocele. Methods: A retrospective study of 72 patients with myelomeningocele was performed to evaluate ocular motility disorders, refractive errors and indirect ophthalmoscopy findings. Results: In a group of 72 patients with myelomeningocele, aged 5 month -- 18 years, 64 (88.9% had hydrocephalus. Of this group of 64 patients, 36 (56.3% had strabismus, 21 (58.3% of whom were esotropic, and 13 (36.1% exotropic, 1 (2.8% exophoric and 1 (2.8% presented sometimes esotropia and sometimes exotropia. Of the total of 72 studied patients, 38 (52.8% had strabismus. Anisotropia was found in 16 (22.2% patients, 14 (87.5% with an A pattern and 2 (12.5% with a V pattern. The most frequent refractive error was hyperopia, found in 64 (44.4% eyes. All the 16 patients with anisotropia had hydrocephalus

  1. Síndrome de Cogan: achados oculares em um caso da forma atípica Cogan's syndrome: ocular findings in an atypical case

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    Ana Karina Santiago de Medeiros Lima

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available A síndrome de Cogan é entidade multissistêmica rara caracterizada por ceratite intersticial associada à disfunção áudio-vestibular e possível surdez irreversível classificada em duas formas clínicas: típica e atípica. Há discordância na literatura quanto à presença de acometimento corneano na forma atípica. Uma paciente de 32 anos queixando-se de hiperemia e dor ocular, fotofobia e baixa da acuidade visual no olho direito, associada à perda súbita de audição à esquerda, vômitos, diarréia, oligúria, dor na orofaringe e febre. História prévia de semelhante acometimento do olho esquerdo e audição direita. Havia intensa hiperemia conjuntival, esclerite nodular, episclerite e infiltrados circulares no estroma corneano. A paciente recebeu pulsoterapia com metilprednisolona e ciclofosfamida. Evoluiu com grande melhora ocular, porém com resposta auditiva pobre. O caso reportado pode constituir forma típica da síndrome de Cogan (de acordo com autores que defendem o não-acometimento corneano na forma atípica com alguns achados característicos da forma atípica ou um caso da forma atípica da síndrome de Cogan (para aqueles que defendem o acometimento corneano na forma atípica. O diagnóstico diferencial também é discutido.Cogan's syndrome is an unusual multisystemic disease characterized by intersticial keratitis in association with vestibuloauditory dysfunction and possible irreversible deafness, classified into 2 clinical types: typical and atypical. There is disagreement in the literature about corneal disease in the atypical variety. A 32-year-old woman complaining of ocular hyperemia and ocular pain, photophobia and visual acuity loss in the right eye associated with sudden left hearing loss, vomiting, diarrhea, oliguria, oropharynx pain and fever. Previous history of similar disease in left eye and right hearing. There was intense conjunctival hyperemia, nodular scleritis, episcleritis, and circular infiltrates

  2. Achados oculares em crianças com toxoplasmose congênita

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    Janer Aparecida Silveira Soares

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Conhecer as lesões oculares mais frequentes encontradas em crianças expostas à toxoplasmose congênita. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de um estudo retrospectivo, a partir de uma coorte histórica, de abordagem quantitativa. Foram avaliadas crianças encaminhadas de um serviço de infectologia pediátrica e inseridas apenas aquelas com diagnóstico confirmado de toxoplasmose congênita. A avaliação oftalmológica incluiu o mapeamento de retina sequencial, sob dilatação pupilar. RESULTADOS: Das 58 crianças presumivelmente expostas ao risco de doença durante a gestação, 20 apresentaram lesões oftalmológicas ao longo do primeiro ano de vida (34 olhos. Destas, 12 estavam assintomáticas ao nascimento. Estrabismo foi registrado em 14 crianças (70%. Em uma criança observou-se ptose palpebral e em outra diminuição da fenda palpebral (microftalmia. Retinocoroidite foi a complicação mais frequente, presente em todas as 20 crianças. Sete crianças apresentaram alterações unilaterais (35% e 13 crianças apresentaram alterações bilaterais (65%, prevalecendo a localização no polo posterior e mácula. CONCLUSÃO: Retinocoroidite e estrabismo destacaram-se como importantes sequelas da toxoplasmose congênita.

  3. Achados endoscópicos em crianças com estridor Endoscopic findings in children with stridor

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    Regina H.G. Martins

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Doenças congênitas e adquiridas das vias aéreas podem causar dispnéia e estridor em crianças. Nas UTIs tem-se registrado maior sobrevida de prematuros, porém também elevada incidência de complicações relacionadas à intubação. OBJETIVO: Analisar retrospectivamente os achados endoscópicos em crianças com estridor. TIPO DE ESTUDO: Corte transversal. MATERIAL E MÉTODOS: Foram revisados 55 prontuários de crianças com estridor, submetidas aos exames endoscópicos de janeiro de 1997 a dezembro de 2003. Endoscopias foram: estridor pós-extubação (63,63% e avaliação de estridor neonatal (21,82%. Observou-se alto índice de doenças associadas, como pulmonares (60%, neurológicas (45,4% e DRGE (40%. Os principais achados endoscópicos e as indicações de traqueotomia foram: estenose subglótica (27,27% e processos inflamatórios das vias aéreas (21,82%, principalmente em crianças com menos de cinco anos. Lesões congênitas foram mais freqüentes em crianças com menos de um ano. CONCLUSÕES: O estridor na infância possui múltiplas etiologias, sendo as relacionadas à intubação traqueal as mais freqüentes em hospitais com atendimento de doenças complexas. Pediatras e otorrinolaringologistas devem conhecer as causas de estridor, realizando avaliação clínica detalhada para determinar a gravidade do caso. O exame endoscópico deverá ser minucioso e detalhado.Congenital and acquired airway diseases are responsible for upper respiratory distress and stridor in children. In neonatal intensive care units, we have seen increased survival in premature babies, but also a high incidence of airway complications related to intubation, which present as stridor. AIM: To review endoscopic findings in children with stridor. STUDY DESING: a cross-sectional cohort study. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was done of 55 cases of children with stridor who underwent endoscopic exams, between January 1997 and December 2003. RESULTS: 69% were

  4. Achados ecográficos em pacientes com catarata total Ultrasound findings in patients with dense cataracts

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    Zélia Maria da Silva Corrêa

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos: Avaliar a prevalência e a natureza das anomalias intra-oculares detectadas no exame de ultra-som em pacientes com catarata densa (total e comparar estes achados com aqueles obtidos após cirurgia de catarata. Métodos: Foram revisados 724 ultra-sonografias oculares realizadas entre janeiro de 1999 e julho de 2001. Destas, 289 exames foram solicitadas em casos de catarata densa (total pela impossibilidade de observar o segmento posterior. Os achados ultra-sonográficos foram documentados por fotografias e revisados para o estudo. Seguimento pós-operatório foi possível em 131 pacientes para avaliar sensibilidade e especificidade do ultra-som como método diagnóstico. A análise estatística foi feita com o teste t de "Student" usando o pacote estatístico SPSS "Statistical Package for the Social Science" 8.0 para Windows. Resultados: Foram estudados 289 pacientes com catarata densa, todos avaliados com ultra-som; 200 destes apresentavam alterações ecográficas em segmento posterior. Nos pacientes sem história de trauma ocular (n=268, 82 olhos (30,6% apresentaram segmento posterior normal e 26 olhos (9,7%, descolamento de retina. Nos pacientes com história de trauma ocular (n=21 foram encontrados 8 olhos com descolamento de retina (38,1% e 7 normais (33,3%. A concordância entre os achados ecográficos e pós-operatórios foi de 95,4% nos 131 pacientes com seguimento pós-operatório. O ultra-som apresentou sensibilidade de 91,3% e especificidade de 100%. Conclusão: Neste estudo, a avaliação pré-operatória de cataratas densas com ultra-som se mostrou eficiente em diagnosticar alterações do segmento posterior. A sensibilidade e a especificidade deste exame complementar na amostra estudada confirmam a importância do ultra-som na avaliação pré-operatória de pacientes com cataratas densas.Purpose: To evaluate the prevalence and nature of intra-ocular abnormalities detected by conventional B-scan ultrasound in patients

  5. Achados oftalmológicos em pacientes com múltiplas deficiências Ophthalmologic findings in multiple handicapped patients

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    Maria Cecília Remígio

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Relatar os achados oftalmológicos em portadores de múltiplas deficiências. MÉTODOS: Foram estudados 274 usuários do Sistema Único de Saúde atendidos no Departamento de Oftalmologia Pediátrica e Estrabismo da Fundação Altino Ventura (FAV, no período de junho a setembro de 2004. RESULTADOS: A freqüência dos pacientes quanto ao gênero foi de 58,5% para o masculino e 41,5% para o feminino. A variação das idades foi de 0,1 a 20 anos com mediana de 5. A maioria (61,3% dos pacientes apresentava boa acuidade visual, contudo 38,7% apresentava baixa de visão (PURPOSE: To report the visual findings in patients with multiple handicaps. METHODS: Two hundred and seventy-four patients cared for at the Pediatric and Strabismus Ophthalmology Department of the "Fundação Altino Ventura" - Brazilian National Health System, were examined from June to September 2004. Age varied from 0.1 to 20 years with a median of 5. RESULTS: The majority of the patients (61.3% presented good visual acuity; however low visual acuity (< 20/80 was observed in 38.7% of the patients. Heterotropias were observed in 66 patients (24.0%; astigmatism (53.2% and hyperopia (29.0% were more frequent. CONCLUSION: Children with multiple handicaps need an early ophthalmologic diagnosis and treatment for better global development. The integration of a multidisciplinary team with pediatricians, pediatric ophthalmologists and specialists in low vision, may assure a better visual rehabilitation.

  6. Achados audiológicos em jovens usuários de fones de ouvido

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    Carolina Lemos Gonçalves

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos analisar a relação entre o uso de fones de ouvidos e os comprometimentos auditivos e extra-auditivos provocados pelos tocadores portáteis de música. Métodos a proposta foi coletar dados, por meio de um questionário respondido pelos participantes. Realização dos exames audiométricos: audiometria tonal e vocal; imitânciometria e pesquisa dos reflexos acústicos; emissões otoacústicas transientes e emissões otoacústicas produto de distorção, posteriormente os dados foram comparados entre os indivíduos de um mesmo grupo e os grupos foram comparados entre si (grupo experimental e grupo controle. Para a análise estatística foi utilizado o teste Qui-Quadrado e exato de Fisher. Resultados algumas das variáveis investigadas, tais como o uso de fones de ouvido de 1 a 2 horas diárias, a presença de queixas auditivas e extra-auditivas, exposição a níveis de pressão sonora elevados extra-ocupacional uma vez por semana, ser não fumante, não usar medicamentos controlados e não apresentar zumbido possuíram frequência estatisticamente significante para o grupo experimental. Em relação às queixas auditivas houve diferença estatisticamente significante entre os grupos experimental e controle para sensação de ouvido abafado e sensação de rebaixamento auditivo. Conclusão os sintomas temporários indicam os potenciais efeitos nocivos de ouvir tocadores portáteis de música por uma hora ao dia. Pesquisas ainda são necessárias para avaliar os prejuízos de longo prazo ao sistema auditivo.

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

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    Leandro Luís Martins

    2009-10-01

    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

  8. Achados microbiológicos, moleculares e histopatológicos em pequenos ruminantes experimentalmente infectados com Actinobacillus seminis

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    Fabrine A. Santos

    Full Text Available RESUMO: O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a patogenicidade, em ovinos, de uma cepa de Actinobacillus seminis isolada de caprino no Brasil. Foram utilizadas amostras de sêmen, punção e fragmentos de epidídimo, ducto deferente, testículos e glândulas seminíferas de dois caprinos (animais 1 e 2 e dois ovinos (animais 3 e 4, e foram realizados exame histopatológico, cultivo microbiológico e diagnóstico molecular. O inóculo foi preparado com solução salina na diluição de 10-2 correspondendo ao padrão 1,0 da escala de McFarland, com colônias previamente cultivadas de A. seminis e administrado no volume de 2 mL pelas vias intra-prepucial (animais 1 e 3 e na cauda do epidídimo (animais 2 e 4. Na avaliação clínica observou-se aumento unilateral de consistência firme após 30 dias no epidídimo e testículo do animal 4 que continuou até o dia da eutanásia, bem como o animal 1 apresentou discreto aumento unilateral dos testículos. As lesões macroscópicas e microscópicas observadas nos animais 3 e 4 foram compatíveis com aquelas causadas pela infecção por A. seminis. A. seminis foi isolado de material de punção e sêmen de um ovino (animal 4. Conclui-se que o modelo de infecção experimental utilizando caprinos e ovinos comprovou a patogenicidade da amostra de A. seminis, isolada de um caprino no semiárido brasileiro e reproduzida em um ovino, comprovando a predileção do agente pelo epidídimo, com quadro clinico, achados histopatológicos, isolamento bacteriano e diagnóstico molecular positivo.

  9. Oral findings in patients with Apert Syndrome Achados bucais em pacientes com Síndrome de Apert

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    Gisele da Silva Dalben

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The Apert syndrome is a rare disorder of autosomal dominant inheritance caused by mutations in the FGFR2 gene at locus 10q26; patients with this syndrome present severe syndactyly, exophthalmia, ocular hypertelorism and hypoplastic midface with Class III malocclusion, besides systemic alterations. Most investigations available on the Apert syndrome address the genetic aspect or surgical management, with little emphasis on the oral aspects. OBJECTIVE: to investigate the oral findings, including dental anomalies, ectopic eruption of the maxillary permanent first molars and soft tissue alterations, in subjects with Apert syndrome. MATERIALS AND METHODS: clinical and radiographic examination of nine patients with Apert syndrome, aged 6 to 15 years, not previously submitted to orthodontic or orthognathic treatment. RESULTS: dental anomalies were present in all patients, with one to eight anomalies per individual. The most frequent anomalies were tooth agenesis, mainly affecting maxillary canines, and enamel opacities (44.4% for both. Ectopic eruption of maxillary first molars was found in 33.3% of patients; lateral palatal swellings were observed in 88.8% of patients. CONCLUSIONS: The occurrence of typical lateral palatal swellings agrees with the literature. The high prevalence of dental anomalies and ectopic eruption may suggest a possible etiologic relationship with the syndrome.INTRODUÇÃO: A síndrome de Apert é um distúrbio raro de herança autossômica dominante causado por mutações no lócus 10q26 do gene FGFR2; pacientes com esta síndrome apresentam sindactilia severa, exoftalmia, hiperteleorbitismo e hipoplasia da face média com má oclusão de Classe III, além de alterações sistêmicas. A maior parte dos estudos disponíveis sobre a síndrome de Apert aborda o aspecto genético ou manejo cirúrgico, com pouca ênfase nos aspectos bucais. OBJETIVO: investigar os achados bucais, incluindo anomalias dentárias, irrup

  10. Sinais e sintomas associados a alterações otoneurológicas diagnoticadas ao exame vestibular computadorizado em pacientes com esclerose múltipla Signs and symptoms associated to otoneurologic alterations diagnosed on computerized vestibular exam of patients with multiple sclerosis

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    Andreza Tomaz

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever os principais sintomas e sinais ao exame vestibular computadorizado em pacientes com diagnóstico de esclerose múltipla. MÉTODO:Foram examinados 30 pacientes com diagnóstico de esclerose múltipla. Analisaram-se os dados relativos à sintomatologia e achados ao exame vestibular computadorizado realizado no ambulatório de otoneurologia da Irmandade Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo, em 2003. RESULTADOS: Em relação aos sintomas relatados, observamos desequilíbrio (60%, formigamento de extremidades (43,3%, vertigem (40%, cefaléia e ansiedade (36,7%, zumbido (30%, depressão (26,7%. Ao exame vestibular encontramos alterações do nistagmo de posicionamento (6,7%, nistagmo espontâneo de olhos fechados (30%, nistagmo semi-espontâneo (13,3%, rastreio pendular (3,3% e prova calórica (63,3%. Na conclusão do exame tivemos prevalência de síndrome vestibular periférica irritativa (60% e síndrome central (13,4%. CONCLUÇÃO: Concluimos que a realização do exame otoneurológico torna-se imprescindível nos pacientes com esclerose múltipla devido a elevada prevalência de alterações à vectonistagmografia computadorizada e elevada prevalência de sintomas otoneurológicos.OBJETIVE: To identify main symptoms and signs on computerized vestibular testing in patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. METHOD: Thirty patients with the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis were studied. We analyzed data related to presented symptoms and the findings from a computerized vestibular testing realized in the otoneurological ambulatory in Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo in 2003. RESULTS: Reported symptoms consisted mainly of disequilibrium (60%, tingling of limbs (43.3%, vertigo (40%, headache and anxiety (36.7%, tinnitus (30%, depression (26.7%. In vestibular testing we found alterations in positional nystagmus (6.7%, spontaneous nystagmus with the eyes shut (30%, directional nystagmus (13.3% and caloric testing (63

  11. 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

  12. Achados de fibrobroncoscopia em pacientes com diagnóstico de neoplasia pulmonar Fiberoptic bronchoscopy findings in patients diagnosed with lung cancer

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    Marcelo Fouad Rabahi

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Catalogar alterações encontradas em imagens obtidas por fibrobroncoscopia em pacientes com diagnóstico de neoplasia pulmonar e correlacionar esses achados com achados histopatológicos. MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo envolvendo 212 pacientes com diagnóstico de câncer de pulmão confirmado por citologia obtida por lavado broncoalveolar e/ou histopatologia de biópsia endobrônquica ou transbrônquica. Os dados foram obtidos no Serviço de Endoscopia Respiratória do Hospital São Salvador (Goiânia-GO, entre 2005 e 2010. Os achados endoscópicos foram classificados como tumor endoscopicamente visível, tumor endoscopicamente não visível e lesão na mucosa, assim com quanto à pr sença/tipo de secreção. Os tumores visíveis também foram classificados de acordo com sua localização na árvore traqueobrônquica. RESULTADOS: O principal achado endoscópico foi a presença de massa endobrônquica (64%, seguido por infiltração da mucosa (35%. Quanto aos tipos histológicos (n = 199, os mais prevalentes foram carcinoma escamoso (39%, adenocarcinoma (21%, carcinoma de pequenas células (12% e carcinoma de grandes células (1%. Mais de 45% dos tumores visíveis estavam localizados nos brônquios superiores. O carcinoma escamoso (n = 78 apresentou-se mais frequentemente como massa tumoral endobrônquica (74%, infiltração da mucosa (36%, estreitamento do lúmen (10% e compressão extrínseca (6%. CONCLUSÕES: Nossos resultados indicam que a massa tumoral endobrônquica é o achado endoscópico que mais sugere malignidade. Proporcionalmente, infiltração da mucosa é mais comumente achada em carcinoma de pequenas células. Estreitamento do lúmen, compressão extrínseca, lesão na mucosa e secreção endobrônquica prevalecem no adenocarcinoma.OBJECTIVE: To compile fiberoptic bronchoscopy findings in patients diagnosed with lung cancer and to correlate those with histopathological findings. METHODS: This was a retrospective study

  13. Achados cirúrgicos em 260 casos de impressão basilar e/ou malformação de Arnold-Chiari

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    José Alberto Gonçalves da Silva

    1994-09-01

    Full Text Available A impressão basilar é malformação frequentemente observada no Nordeste do Brasil. No período de 1971 a 1992 foram operados, em nosso Serviço, 260 pacientes com malformações occipitocervicais, sendo 29 (11,1% casos de impressão basilar pura, 18 (6,9% com malformação de Arnold-Chiari e 213 (81,9% com impressão basilar associada à malformação de Arnold-Chiari. São relatados os achados cirúrgicos do plano ósseo, da dura-máter, do tecido nervoso e dos vasos da fossa posterior.

  14. Revisão sistemática sobre os efeitos da reabilitação vestibular em adultos de meia-idade e idosos A systematic review about the effects of the vestibular rehabilitation in middle-age and older adults

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    Natalia A. Ricci

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Sistematizar os resultados de ensaios clínicos sobre reabilitação vestibular (RV em indivíduos de meia-idade e idosos com distúrbios vestibulares. MÉTODOS: A busca de publicações sobre a RV em indivíduos com distúrbios vestibulares foi realizada nas bases de dados LILACS, EMBASE, MEDLINE, SciELO, Cochrane, ISI Web of Knowledge e bibliotecas virtuais de teses e dissertações. Foram selecionados ensaios clínicos aleatórios e controlados dos últimos 10 anos em língua inglesa, portuguesa e espanhola. A qualidade metodológica dos estudos foi avaliada pela escala PEDro. A análise dos resultados dos estudos foi feita por meio de revisão crítica dos conteúdos. RESULTADOS: Nove estudos foram revisados na íntegra, sendo a faixa etária dos participantes acima de 40 anos (n=4 e composta exclusivamente por idosos (n=5. Os achados de disfunção vestibular foram diversificados, sendo os mais comuns queixa de desequilíbrio corporal ou instabilidade postural (n=3 e queixa de vertigem ou tontura (n=3. A Escala Visual Analógica (EVA foi o instrumento mais utilizado para avaliar a percepção subjetiva da sintomatologia da disfunção vestibular (n=4. A escala PEDro revelou que quatro dos artigos apresentaram delineamento de boa qualidade para a condução do estudo experimental. A proposta de intervenção mais utilizada foi o protocolo de Cawthorne & Cooksey (n=4. Os estudos que compararam a RV com outro tipo de intervenção não apresentaram, na maioria dos desfechos analisados, diferença entre os grupos após a terapia. CONCLUSÃO: Estudos aleatorizados controlados disponibilizaram evidências de efeitos positivos da RV em idosos e adultos de meia-idade com distúrbios vestibulares.OBJECTIVE: To summarize the results of clinical trials on vestibular rehabilitation (VR in middle-aged and elderly people with vestibular disorders. METHODS: A search for relevant trials was performed in the databases LILACS, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Sci

  15. Achados clínicos e polissonográficos em pacientes com obesidade classe III Clinical and polysomnographic findings in class III obese patients

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    Rodrigo de Paiva Tangerina

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available A Síndrome da apnéia/hipopnéia obstrutiva do sono (SAHOS apresenta estreita correlação com a obesidade, porém não está estabelecida uma relação linear de gravidade principalmente em relação aos extremos como na obesidade mórbida. OBJETIVO: Avaliar os achados clínicos e polissonográficos em pacientes com obesidade classe III e correlacionar esses achados com a presença da SAHOS. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Foram selecionados consecutivamente 45 pacientes com índice de massa corpórea superior a 40Kg/m2. Todos foram submetidos a anamnese, exame físico antropométrico e polissonografia. Os achados foram comparados entre os pacientes com e sem SAHOS. RESULTADOS: 68,9% dos pacientes eram do sexo feminino e 31,1% do masculino. A idade média foi de 46,5 DP 10,8 anos, a média do IMC foi 49 DP 7Kg/m2 e a média da circunferência cervical foi 43,4 DP 5,1cm. Todos os pacientes eram roncadores habituais e 48,9% tinham queixa de hipersonolência diurna. Os achados polissonográficos mostraram que 77,8% apresentaram índice de apnéia/hipopnéia superior a cinco. Apresentaram correlação com a presença da SAHOS: idade mais jovem (p=0,02 e maior circunferência cervical (p=0,004. CONCLUSÃO: A prevalência de SAHOS foi elevada, ressaltando a importância da sua investigação em pacientes referenciados para cirurgia bariátrica. O principal marcador da SAHOS foi a circunferência cervical.The Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hipopnea Syndrome (OSAHS is closely related to obesity; a linear relation, however, has not been established, particularly in morbid obesity patients. AIM: To evaluate clinical and polysomnographic findings in a group of class III obese patients, and to relate these findings with the presence or absence of OSAHS. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Forty five patients with body mass indexex (BMI over 40Kg/m2 were selected consecutively. A clinical history, the anthropometric examination and polysomnography were undertaken in all patients. The

  16. Contribuição do potencial evocado auditivo em pacientes com vertigem Results of brainstem evoked response in patients with vestibular complaints

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    Gisiane Munaro

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available A avaliação otoneurológica consiste em exames para investigação de patologias auditivas e vestibulares, incluindo o potencial evocado de tronco encefálico e a vectoeletronistagmografia. OBJETIVO: Descrever os resultados da avaliação otoneurológica em pacientes com queixas vestibulococleares, normo-ouvintes e com perda auditiva, comparados a grupo-controle. MATERIAL E MÉTODOS: Estudo transversal, retrospectivo, observacional, realizado com 56 pacientes vertiginosos avaliados por audiometria, vectoeletronistagmografia e potencial evocado auditivo de tronco encefálico, divididos em grupo A, 31 pacientes normo-ouvintes, e grupo B, 25 pacientes com perda auditiva, comparados ao grupo-controle constituído por dez voluntários normo-ouvintes assintomáticos. RESULTADOS: Os pacientes dos grupos A e B apresentaram aumento em monobloco das latências absolutas das ondas I, III e V estatisticamente significante, quando comparados ao grupo-controle, embora com valores dentro da normalidade. A ausência da onda I a 80 dBNA foi um achado comum para ambos os grupos e ocorreu em quatro (12,9% sujeitos bilateralmente e em três (9,6% unilateralmente no grupo A e em oito (32% pacientes no grupo B bilateralmente. Nos dois casos em que a vectoeletronistagmografia acusou alteração vestibular central não ocorreram alterações nos parâmetros dos potenciais evocados. CONCLUSÃO: Os pacientes com vertigem, normo-ouvintes e com perda auditiva, apresentaram latências absolutas aumentadas quando comparados a grupo-controleOtoneurological evaluations are based on tests which investigate auditory and vestibular disorders, including brainstem evoked auditory potentials and vecto-electronystagmography. AIM: to describe the results from the otoneurological assessment of patients with vestibulocochlear complaints, normal hearing individuals and patients with hearing loss, and we will compare them to a control group. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cross

  17. 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

    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

  18. Achados eletrencefalográficos em crianças com crises convulsivas nos primeiros 12 meses de idade

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    Rubens Moura Ribeiro

    1966-09-01

    Full Text Available São analisados os EEG de 65 crianças com diversos tipos de crises convulsivas ocorrendo nos primeiros 12 meses de vida. Alterações eletrencefalográficas foram registradas em 55 (84,5%, sendo o EEG normal em 10 casos (15,5%. A disritmia paroxística por onda "sharp" focal foi assinalada em 27 pacientes (41,5%; a disritmia paroxística por onda espícula focal em 3 (4,6%; ondas delta em 27 (41,5%; desorganização do ritmo em 3 (4,6%; depressão da atividade elétrica cerebral em 7 (10,7% e alterações eletrencefalográficas de tipo hipsarritmia em 2 (3%. São feitas considerações a respeito dos prováveis mecanismos responsáveis pela propagação das descargas convulsiógenas no EEG dêsses pacientes, assim como a eventual correlação eletroclínica.

  19. 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

  20. Achados gastroscópicos em eqüinos adultos assintomáticos Gastroscopic findings in horses without clinical signs

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    W.R. Fernandes

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available Avaliaram-se pela gastroscopia 21 eqüinos adultos sem manifestações clínicas. A prevalência de úlceras gástricas foi alta, 47,6%, principalmente ao longo do margo plicatus, embora de baixa gravidade. Gastrite leve ou moderada da mucosa glandular constituiu um achado comum em eqüinos adultos assintomáticos submetidos a jejum para exame gastroscópico. A ocorrência de Habronema sp. foi alta, 28,6%, o que resultou em gastrite catarral crônica.Twenty one adult horses without clinical signs were used for gastroscopic study. High prevalence (47.6% of gastric ulceration was observed, especially adjacent to the margo plicatus, although with low severity. Mild or moderate gastritis of the glandular mucosa was an usual finding in these horses submited to fasting for gastroscopic examination. The occurrence of Habronema sp. was high (28.6%, and caused chronic catarrhal gastritis.

  1. Encefalopatia induzida por cefepime: achados clínicos e eletroencefalográficos em sete pacientes Cefepime-induced encephalopathy: clinical and electroencephalographic features in seven patients

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    José Augusto Bragatti

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Cefepime, uma cefalosporina de quarta geração, com amplo espectro de ação, é um antibiótico largamente utilizado no tratamento de infecções graves em ambientes hospitalares. O registro de segurança deste fármaco é considerado favorável. Vários casos de encefalopatia grave, associada ao uso de cefepime, reversível, foram descritos recentemente. No presente artigo, descrevemos sete casos de encefalopatia induzida por cefepime, com achados eletroencefalográficos (EEG característicos, que apresentaram reversão do quadro com a suspensão da droga. As relações do padrão EEG encontrado nestes pacientes com estado epiléptico não-convulsivo são consideradas, bem como a possibilidade de enquadrar os pacientes estudados na entidade "encefalopatia epileptiforme".Cefepime, a fourth-generation cephalosporin, with large antibacterial spectrum, is a commonly used antibiotic for the treatment of serious hospitalar infections. Its security report is considered favourable. Recently, many cases of a severe and reversible cefepime-induced encephalopathy were described. In this paper, we report seven patients with reversible cefepime-induced encephalopathy, with a peculiar EEG pattern, characterized by semiperiodic diffuse triphasic waves. We discuss the EEG abnormalities found and their association with nonconvulsive status epilepticus.

  2. Achado incidental de glândula sebácea em colo uterino: provavelmente um processo metaplásico An incidental finding of sebaceous glands in the uterine cervix: a probable metaplastic process

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    Daniel Cury Ogata

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available As glândulas sebáceas ectópicas são achados muito infrequentes no trato genital feminino. Descrevemos um caso que ocorreu em paciente de 42 anos de idade, submetida à histerectomia total, devido à leiomiomatose e ao prolapso uterino.The ectopic sebaceous glands have been extremely rare findings in female genital system. We describe the case of 42 years-old patient with total hysterectomy due to leiomyomatosis and uterine prolapsed.

  3. Achados oculares em pacientes com mais de 99 anos Ocular findings in patients older than 99 years

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    Marcela Colussi Cypel

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar as condições visuais e oculares em indivíduos com mais de 99 anos. MÉTODO: Estudo prospectivo e descritivo de série casos. Trinta idosos com mais de 99 anos se inscreveram no Instituto da Visão da Universidade Federal de São Paulo, de forma voluntária, respondendo à busca ativa. O exame oftalmológico constou de anamnese, ectoscopia, acuidade visual, exame refracional, citologia e cultura de cílios e conjuntiva com antibiograma, teste de Schirmer basal, tempo de ruptura do filme lacrimal, coloração com Rosa Bengala da conjuntiva e córnea, exame de biomicroscopia, tonometria de aplanação e fundoscopia direta e indireta. Foram realizados exames complementares, como retinografia e tomografia de coerência óptica, quando indicados. RESULTADOS: Trinta pacientes acima de 99 anos (média de 101,5±1,8 anos, dos quais, 25 mulheres e 5 homens, foram examinados; destes, 10 não tinham condições de exame completo, em razão de limitações de saúde e mobilidade. A doença sistêmica mais encontrada foi hipertensão arterial (8 pacientes = 40%. Cinco pacientes (25% negaram qualquer doença ou uso de medicação. A melhor acuidade visual corrigida para longe foi de 20/100 ou melhor em 11 pacientes (55% e para perto variou de J4 ou melhor também em 11 pacientes (55%, sendo que sete destes idosos (63% não haviam sido submetidos à cirurgia de catarata. A principal queixa foi dificuldade para leitura em 55% e 40% demonstrou estar satisfeito com a sua visão. A melhora da acuidade com prescrição de óculos novos ocorreu em 4 casos (20%. Catarata foi identificada como comprometendo a visão de forma significativa em 5 casos (25%; porém, apenas 2 concordaram com a cirurgia. A principal causa de baixa visão foi a degeneração macular relacionada à idade, presente em todos os casos; na maioria da vezes (95%, na forma seca. CONCLUSÃO: As necessidades da população nessa faixa etária devem ser entendidas para o

  4. Distribuição dos achados otoneurológicos em pacientes com disfunção vestíbulo-coclear Distribution of neurotological findings in patients with cochleovestibular dysfunction

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    Edmir Américo Lourenço

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available O equilíbrio corporal é fundamental no relacionamento espacial do organismo com o ambiente. Três sistemas são responsáveis pela manutenção do equilíbrio: a visão, o sistema proprioceptivo e o aparelho labiríntico ou vestibular. FORMA DE ESTUDO: retrospectivo clínico. Foi realizado um estudo retrospectivo de 3701 pacientes submetidos a exame clínico e exame cócleo-vestibular com registro vecto-eletronistagmográfico, em clínica particular de Otorrinolaringologia de Jundiaí, Estado de São Paulo, no período de 1979 a 2004. OBJETIVO: com a finalidade de se determinar a distribuição sindrômica dessa população e correlacioná-la com outros dados como sexo, faixa etária, sintomatologia, achados de exame clínico, audiológico, bem como quais são as especialidades médicas que solicitam essa avaliação com maior freqüência. RESULTADO: Na população estudada, foi encontrada uma maior prevalência do sexo feminino, numa proporção de 1,75:1. A faixa etária de indivíduos de 20 a 59 anos respondeu por 79% dos pacientes estudados, incluindo portanto pessoas em idade laborativa, que apresentaram maior prevalência de síndromes periféricas, contudo não houve predominância de sexo feminino ou idade entre as diferentes síndromes. O estudo também demonstrou a presença de sintomas otoneurológicos comuns aos diferentes tipos de síndromes otoneurológicas, por exemplo, sem o predomínio clássico apontado na literatura das tonturas rotatórias predominarem nos casos de acometimento periférico e as não-rotatórias nos centrais. Alterações da acuidade auditiva, presença de zumbidos e sintomas neurovegetativos ocorreram com maior prevalência nos casos periféricos. Os desvios harmônicos às provas segmentares foram mais prevalentes nos pacientes portadores de síndromes periféricas e os desarmônicos, nas centrais, em consonância com a literatura pesquisada. CONCLUSÃO: As conclusões desta análise retrospectiva apontam

  5. 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

  6. Achados audiológicos em crianças com fenilcetonúria Audiologic findings in children with phenylketonuria

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    Patrícia Cotta Mancini

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Investigar a existência de alterações na audição de crianças com fenilcetonúria diagnosticadas e tratadas precocemente e comparar os resultados com os encontrados nas avaliações auditivas de crianças normais de mesma idade. MÉTODOS: Foram realizadas imitanciometria e audiometria tonal e vocal em 63 crianças, sendo 30 no grupo controle, com média de idade de 8,1 anos, e 33 com fenilcetonúria no grupo de estudo, com média de idade de 7,7 anos. O grupo de estudo foi subdividido em 15 crianças com controle adequado da dieta e 18 crianças com controle inadequado da dieta, com médias de idade 8,1 e 7,2, respectivamente. A análise estatística utilizou o Teste t ou ANOVA. RESULTADOS: A audiometria revelou 83,3% de crianças com audição normal no grupo controle e 16,7% de perdas auditivas condutivas uni ou bilaterais. No grupo com fenilcetonúria, 66,7% das crianças apresentaram audição normal e 33,3% com perdas auditivas condutivas. Na imitanciometria, observou-se curvas normais em 91,7% das crianças do grupo controle e em 72,7% das crianças do grupo com fenilcetonúria. Houve diferença na comparação entre grupos para limiares aéreos, reflexos estapedianos, limiares de recepção da fala e índice de reconhecimento de fala. Não foi observada diferença entre os resultados das avaliações auditivas de crianças fenilcetonúricas com dieta adequada e inadequada. CONCLUSÃO: As crianças com fenilcetonúria diagnosticadas e tratadas precocemente apresentaram piores limiares de audibilidade por via aérea, limiares de recepção de fala e índice de reconhecimento de fala evidenciados à audiometria tonal e vocal, quando comparadas com crianças normais.PURPOSE: To investigate the existence of hearing impairments in infants with phenylketonuria with early diagnose and treatment, and to compare the audiological findings with those of their normal peers. METHODS: Vocal and pure-tone audiometry and acoustic immitance

  7. Achados colonoscópicos em pessoas sem quadro clínico de doença colorretal Colonoscopic findings in asymptomatic people

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    Andy Petroianu

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available CONTEXTO: O câncer colorretal é causa de morte frequente e sua prevenção deve fazer parte dos programas de rastreamento em indivíduos assintomáticos. OBJETIVO: Avaliar os achados colonoscópicos de pessoas assintomáticas submetidas a colonoscopia. MÉTODO: Foram estudados 153 pessoas assintomáticas submetidas a colonoscopia. Sexo, idade, história pregressa e familiar, tabagismo e etilismo foram avaliados. Indivíduos com hematoquesia macro ou microscópica e os com doença colorretal foram excluídos. Preparo intestinal, presença de pólipos, angioectasias, doença diverticular, processo inflamatório e neoplasia foram investigados. Os pólipos foram classificados de acordo com seu tamanho, número e localização. RESULTADOS: A idade média foi de 52,47 ± 11,64 anos. História familiar de câncer colorretal foi verificada em 20,2% dos indivíduos. Alterações colonoscópicas foram verificadas em 99 indivíduos: pólipos em 64,28%, doença diverticular em 27,92%, alterações inflamatórias em 9,74%, melanose colônica em 2,6% e angioectasias em 7,8%. Houve incidência maior de pólipos em indivíduos acima de 50 anos. A análise de regressão logística mostrou a idade e sexo como fatores preditores para a presença de pólipos (RR = 1,69; 1,23 CONTEXT: Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death. Prevention of colorectal cancer should be achievable by screening programs in asymptomatic patients. OBJECTIVE: To assess the colonoscopic findings in asymptomatic people submitted to screening. METHODS: A prospective study was undertaken on 153 consecutive asymptomatic people submitted to colonoscopy. Sex, age, previous diseases and familial cases of cancer, as well as tobacco and alcohol ingestion were assessed. Patients with rectal macro- or microscopic bleeding and colorectal diseases were excluded. Bowel preparation, polyps, angioectasias, diverticular disease, inflammation and neoplasm were also verified

  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. Potencial evocado miogenico vestibular (VEMP com estimulo galvanico em individuos normais

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    Luciana Cristina Matos Cunha

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introdução: O potencial evocado miogênico vestibular (VEMP gerado por estimulação galvânica (GVS reflete uma resposta vestíbulo-espinhal. A resposta obtida no músculo sóleo é bifásica, primeiro com componente de curta latência (CL, em torno de 60 ms, e depois com o de média latência (ML, em torno de 100 ms. O componente de CL associa-se à função otolítica (sáculo e utrículo, e o de ML, aos ductos semicirculares. Objetivo: Descrever os valores de referência do VEMP com estimulação galvânica em indivíduos normais. Casuística e método: Forma de estudo transversal; o VEMP foi gerado por GVS de 2mA/400 ms, aplicada bilateralmente, sob frequência de 5-6 ms. Testou-se resposta no músculo sóleo de 13 sujeitos saudáveis, com idade média de 56 anos. Os sujeitos permaneceram de pé, com cabeça girada contralateral ao GVS aplicado na mastoide. Na configuração catodo direito, anodo esquerda, 30 GVS foi aplicado, seguidos de mais 30 com configuração inversa. Os componentes de CL e de ML da resposta vestibular foram analisados. Resultado: Os componentes de CL e de ML foram semelhantes em ambas as pernas. O valor médio de CL foi 54 ms, e o de ML, 112 ms. Conclusão: Os componentes de CL e de ML do VEMP solear foram replicáveis, sendo medidas úteis de função do trato vestíbulo-espinhal.

  10. Asfixia por monóxido de carbono: achados necroscópicos em um caso de suicídio e considerações médico legais.

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    Leonardo Santos Bordoni

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available O monóxido de carbono (CO é um gás geralmente formado pela combustão incompleta de hidrocarbonetos. Sua reação com a hemoblogina (Hb forma carboxihemoglobina (COHb, dificultando o transporte e a utilização de O2 pelos tecidos. O suicídio com seu uso é raro no Brasil. O trabalho em tela é um relato de caso de suicídio por CO com foco nos achados necroscópicos. Tratava-se de indivíduo masculino, 21 anos, encontrado morto no banheiro de sua residência. No interior deste banheiro havia um vaso com carvão vegetal, contendo fuligens e chamuscamento em seu interior e havia indícios de que a janela e a porta haviam sido lacradas por dentro com fita adesiva. O cadáver apresentava rigor cadavérico intenso, bem como áreas extensas de hipóstases de coloração vermelho cereja. Também foram observadas coloração intensamente avermelhada nos pulmões, no fígado e no sangue, bem como petéquias subpleurais. O resultado da pesquisa de COHb foi de 80%. Considerando os achados necroscópicos compatíveis e a alta concentração sérica de COHb, a causa médica da morte foi estabelecida como asfixia por CO. Embasando-se em todos os elementos disponíveis, com destaque para os achados da perícia de local, a causa jurídica da morte foi estabelecida como suicídio. A morte envolvendo CO é essencialmente um diagnóstico necroscópico, baseado na concentração sérica de COHb associada a achados cadavéricos compatíveis. Não há achados macroscópicos específicos desta intoxicação, sendo essencial sua suspeição para o correto diagnóstico, evidenciando a importância da integração dos achados da perícia de local com a investigação necroscópica.

  11. Revisão sistemática sobre os efeitos da reabilitação vestibular em adultos de meia-idade e idosos

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    Ricci,Natalia A.; Aratani,Mayra C.; Doná,Flávia; Macedo,Camila; Caovilla,Heloísa H.; Ganança,Fernando F.

    2010-01-01

    OBJETIVO: Sistematizar os resultados de ensaios clínicos sobre reabilitação vestibular (RV) em indivíduos de meia-idade e idosos com distúrbios vestibulares. MÉTODOS: A busca de publicações sobre a RV em indivíduos com distúrbios vestibulares foi realizada nas bases de dados LILACS, EMBASE, MEDLINE, SciELO, Cochrane, ISI Web of Knowledge e bibliotecas virtuais de teses e dissertações. Foram selecionados ensaios clínicos aleatórios e controlados dos últimos 10 anos em língua inglesa, portugues...

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Achados das endoscopias digestivas altas em crianças e adolescentes de Sergipe Findings of gastroduodenal endoscopy in children and adolescents of Sergipe, Brazil

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    Danielle Santos Souza

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Traçar o perfil dos exames de endoscopia digestiva alta diagnóstica, realizados eletivamente em crianças do Hospital Universitário da Universidade Federal de Sergipe. MÉTODOS: Realizou-se um estudo transversal descritivo com pacientes pediátricos encaminhados ao serviço de endoscopia digestiva alta do Hospital Universitário. Os dados clínicos foram obtidos por meio de entrevista com os responsáveis pelos pacientes e consulta aos prontuários. As variáveis resultantes do exame endoscópio foram os achados anatômicos, histopatológicos e o teste da urease. RESULTADOS: Foram incluídos 21 pacientes no estudo. A idade média foi 8,9±3,6 anos. Dos pacientes, 52% eram do gênero feminino e 57% provenientes da zona rural. O teste da urease foi realizado em 17 (81% pacientes, isolando-se o Helicobacter pylori em oito (47% . Dos 21 pacientes avaliados, 14 (67% apresentaram alteração endoscópica. Foi feita biópsia de mucosa de 17 crianças e, em 15 delas (88%, o resultado mostrou-se anormal. Das 15 crianças submetidas à pesquisa histológica para Helicobacter pylori, 60% tiveram resultado positivo, ressaltando-se que o isolamento do agente foi feito nas cinco crianças com diagnóstico endoscópico de gastrite nodular antral. Nenhuma complicação decorrente do procedimento foi observada na amostra estudada. CONCLUSÕES: Em uma série de casos pediátricos triados clinicamente, a endoscopia, juntamente com resultados anatômicos, histológicos e do teste da urease, evidenciou alterações na maioria dos pacientes e foi realizada com segurança.OBJECTIVE: To describe the profile of the pediatric esophagogastroduodenoscopy examinations performed electively in children at the University Hospital of the Federal University of Sergipe, in Northeast Brazil. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted in pediatric patients admitted to the endoscopy service of the University Hospital. Clinical data were collected by interviews

  15. Correlação entre a escala de coma de Glasgow e os achados de imagem de tomografia computadorizada em pacientes vítimas de traumatismo cranioencefálico

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    Fabiana Lenharo Morgado

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar a correlação da escala de coma de Glasgow, fatores causais e de risco, idade, sexo e intubação orotraqueal com os achados tomográficos em pacientes com traumatismo cranioencefálico. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Foi realizado estudo transversal prospectivo de 102 pacientes, atendidos nas primeiras 12 horas, os quais receberam pontuação segundo a escala de coma de Glasgow e foram submetidos a exame tomográfico. RESULTADOS: A idade média dos pacientes foi de 37,77 ± 18,69 anos, com predomínio do sexo masculino (80,4%. As causas foram: acidente automobilístico (52,9%, queda de outro nível (20,6%, atropelamento (10,8%, queda ao solo ou do mesmo nível (7,8% e agressão (6,9%. No presente estudo, 82,4% dos pacientes apresentaram traumatismo cranioencefálico de classificação leve, 2,0% moderado e 15,6% grave. Foram observadas alterações tomográficas (hematoma subgaleal, fraturas ósseas da calota craniana, hemorragia subaracnoidea, contusão cerebral, coleção sanguínea extra-axial, edema cerebral difuso em 79,42% dos pacientes. Os achados tomográficos de trauma craniano grave ocorreram em maior número em pacientes acima de 50 anos (93,7%, e neste grupo todos necessitaram de intubação orotraqueal. CONCLUSÃO: Houve significância estatística entre a escala de coma de Glasgow, idade acima de 50 anos (p < 0,0001, necessidade de intubação orotraqueal (p < 0,0001 e os achados tomográficos.

  16. Síndrome vestibular em animais de companhia : estudo retrospetivo de 29 casos clínicos

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    Gonçalves, Carolina das Neves Campos Barata

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    Dissertação de Mestrado Integrado em Medicina Veterinária O sistema vestibular é o sistema sensorial responsável por manter o equilíbrio do animal em relação ao campo gravitacional da Terra, e ainda por ajustar o posicionamento dos olhos, pescoço, tronco e membros durante os movimentos da cabeça. Este sistema está dividido em duas componentes funcionais: a componente periférica, composta pelo nervo craniano vestibulococlear (VIII) e os seus recetores sensoriais localizados no ouvido intern...

  17. Tumores neuroendócrinos do pulmão: principais achados radiológicos em uma série de 22 casos com confirmação anatomopatológica

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    Marcel Koenigkam Santos

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever os principais achados de imagem em uma série de casos de tumores neuroendócrinos primários do pulmão (TNPs, destacando as alterações na tomografia computadorizada. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Exames de 22 pacientes (12 homens, idade média de 60 anos avaliados nos últimos cinco anos em nosso serviço, com confirmação histopatológica, foram retrospectivamente revistos por dois médicos radiologistas e os achados foram descritos em consenso, focando as alterações tomográficas. RESULTADOS: Descrevemos 5 carcinoides típicos, 3 carcinoides atípicos, 3 carcinomas neuroendócrinos de grandes células (CNGCs e 11 cânceres pulmonares de pequenas células (CPPCs. Apenas um carcinoide típico apresentou aspecto característico de nódulo endobrônquico central com atelectasia pulmonar distal, enquanto os demais foram nódulos ou massas pulmonares. Os carcinoides atípicos eram massas pulmonares periféricas e heterogêneas. Um CNGC era massa periférica delimitada e homogênea, enquanto os demais eram mal delimitados e heterogêneos. Os 11 CPPCs eram massas centrais, infiltrativas e heterogêneas, com alterações pleuropulmonares secundárias. Calcificações estavam ausentes nos CNGCs e CPPCs. Metástases foram vistas inicialmente ou no seguimento de todos os CNGCs e CPPCs. CONCLUSÃO: Apesar de alguns aspectos semelhantes nos exames de imagem, os achados radiológicos, quando integrados às informações clínicas, podem constituir critérios importantes na diferenciação dos tipos histológicos de TNPs.

  18. Correlação entre a escala de coma de Glasgow e os achados de imagem de tomografia computadorizada em pacientes vítimas de traumatismo cranioencefálico

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    Fabiana Lenharo Morgado; Luiz Antônio Rossi

    2011-01-01

    OBJETIVO: Determinar a correlação da escala de coma de Glasgow, fatores causais e de risco, idade, sexo e intubação orotraqueal com os achados tomográficos em pacientes com traumatismo cranioencefálico. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Foi realizado estudo transversal prospectivo de 102 pacientes, atendidos nas primeiras 12 horas, os quais receberam pontuação segundo a escala de coma de Glasgow e foram submetidos a exame tomográfico. RESULTADOS: A idade média dos pacientes foi de 37,77 ± 18,69 anos, com ...

  19. Achados bucais e laboratoriais em pacientes com lúpus eritematoso sistêmico Oral and laboratorial findings in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus

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    Antonio Augusto Umbelino Júnior

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: O lúpus eritematoso sistêmico (LES é uma doença inflamatória crônica caracterizada por manifestações clínicas variadas. Os poucos trabalhos existentes na literatura relatam uma prevalência entre 6,5% e 21% de acometimento bucal. OBJETIVO: Investigar os achados bucais e laboratoriais em pacientes com LES. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Foram analisados 155 pacientes com diagnóstico de LES, segundo critérios do American College of Rheumatology (ACR. O índice de dentes cariados, perdidos e obturados (CPO-D foi registrado e avaliou-se a necessidade de tratamento periodontal por meio do índice periodontal comunitário (IPC. Foram realizados esfregaços e biópsias das lesões e bordas laterais de língua para exames citopatológicos. Exames laboratoriais foram correlacionados com os achados bucais destes pacientes. RESULTADOS: Dos 155 pacientes, 94,1% eram mulheres. Altos níveis de anticorpos circulantes (FAN-Hep2 foram observados em todos os pacientes, sendo 41,9% positivos para a pesquisa de anticorpos anti-DNA de fita dupla. O índice CPO-D médio correspondeu a 18,5 e de acordo com o IPC, 18% apresentaram bolsas periodontais de 4-5 mm e 5,9% de 6 mm ou mais. Foram biopsiadas oito lesões bucais, mas somente três casos foram considerados compatíveis com a indicação clínica de LES. Os principais sítios acometidos foram dorso de língua, mucosa jugal e lábios. A prevalência de candidíase correspondeu a 20,1% e a de leucoplasia pilosa oral a 3,7%. CONCLUSÃO: Pacientes com LES apresentam condição periodontal precária e baixa prevalência de lesões bucais e, além disso, a citopatologia mostrou-se importante no diagnóstico de infecções relacionadas com imunossupressão, como candidíase e leucoplasia pilosa oral.INTRODUCTION: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE is a chronic inflammatory disease, which is characterized by several clinical manifestations. A few studies in the literature state estimated prevalence of 6

  20. Alinhamento de cabeça e ombros em pacientes com hipofunção vestibular unilateral Head and shoulder alignment among patients with unilateral vestibular hypofunction

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    Adamar N. Coelho Júnior

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Avaliar o alinhamento de cabeça e ombros de pacientes com hipofunção vestibular unilateral (HVU por meio da biofotogrametria computadorizada e associar esses dados com gênero, idade, tempo de evolução clínica, autopercepção da intensidade de tontura e ocorrência de quedas. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de estudo transversal em que 30 indivíduos com HVU e 30 indivíduos com função vestibular normal e sem queixa de tontura foram submetidos à biofotogrametria computadorizada. Foram registradas imagens em vistas anterior, posterior, laterais direita e esquerda em ortostatismo. O programa Alcimage® 2.0 foi usado para avaliar três ângulos que permitem verificar anteriorização e inclinação da cabeça e alinhamento dos ombros. Os grupos foram pareados por idade, gênero e estatura. Para a análise estatística, realizaram-se os testes de Mann-Whitney, Kruskal-Wallis, seguidos do teste de Dunn e Coeficiente de Correlação de Spearman. RESULTADOS: Pacientes com HVU apresentam maiores valores para os ângulos de anteriorização (55,44±16,33 e de inclinação lateral da cabeça (2,03±1,37 quando comparados aos indivíduos normais (34,3±44,60 e 1,34±1,05, respectivamente, com diferença estatisticamente significante (pOBJECTIVES: To investigate head and shoulder alignment among patients with unilateral vestibular hypofunction (UVH, using computerized biophotogrammetry (CB and to correlate these measurements with gender, age, duration of clinical evolution, self-perception of intensity of dizziness and occurrences of falls. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study. Thirty individuals with UVH and 30 with normal vestibular function and without complaints of dizziness underwent CB in the anterior, right and left and posterior views, in an upright standing position. AlcimageTM 2.0 was used to evaluate three angles in order to verify the anterior deviation and inclination of the head, and the alignment of the shoulders. The groups were

  1. Achados na triagem imitanciométrica e de processamento auditivo em escolares Acoustic immitance and auditory processing screening findings in school children

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    Camila Lucia Etges

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: verificar os achados da triagem imitanciométrica e dos testes da avaliação simplificada de processamento auditivo em escolares. MÉTODO: participaram da pesquisa alunos de 1ª a 4ª séries, de sete a dez anos de idade, de uma escola de ensino público de Porto Alegre. Foram avaliados 130 escolares na triagem imitanciométrica, que foi constituída por timpanometria e pesquisa do reflexo acústico ipsilateral e avaliação simplificada do processamento auditivo, incluindo testes de localização sonora, memória sequencial para sons verbais e memória sequencial para sons não verbais. RESULTADOS: na triagem imitanciométrica 43,08% dos escolares passaram, tendo a curva tipo A como mais frequente. O reflexo acústico em 4000 Hz teve percentual de presença inferior comparado com os demais. Passaram nos testes da avaliação simplificada do processamento auditivo 76,15% das crianças. Além disso, foi observado que o teste no qual os escolares obtiveram pior desempenho foi o de memória sequencial para sons verbais. Falharam na triagem imitanciométrica e na avaliação simplificada de processamento auditivo 12,3% dos escolares. CONCLUSÃO: a curva timpanométrica tipo A foi a mais frequente na população estudada. Na avaliação simplificada do processamento auditivo a maioria dos sujeitos passou, tendo maior frequência de acertos no teste de localização sonora. Não houve associação estatística entre o resultado da triagem imitanciométrica e o resultado da avaliação simplificada de processamento auditivo.PURPOSE: to check acoustic immittance screening findings and results of the simplified evaluation of auditory processing in school children. METHOD: the subjects under this study were students from the 1st to the 4th grade, with ages ranging from seven to ten year-old, from a public school in Porto Alegre. 130 students were evaluated in the immitance screening, which consisted of a tympanometry and an ipsilateral

  2. Silicose em jateadores de areia de estaleiro versus silicose em escultores de pedra no Brasil: uma comparação dos achados de imagem, função pulmonar e teste de exercício cardiopulmonar

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    A.J. Lopes

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Resumo: Objetivos: Comparação dos achados de imagem, função pulmonar e teste de exercício cardiopulmonar (TECP entre jateadores de areia de estaleiro e escultores de pedra com silicose no Brasil. Métodos: Dos 41 pacientes, 25 eram jateadores de areia e 16 eram escultores de pedra, com medianas da idade de 52 e 46,4 anos, respetivamente. Todos os pacientes se submeteram aos testes de função pulmonar e ao TECP. As radiografias de tórax foram classificadas de acordo com as recomendações da Organização Internacional do Trabalho. Os seguintes parâmetros foram avaliados na tomografia computadorizada de alta resolução (TCAR: nódulos, fibrose maciça progressiva (FMP, enfisema e aumento dos linfonodos intratorácicos. Resultados: Grandes opacidades na radiografia de tórax foram observadas em 76% dos jateadores e em somente 18,7% dos escultores. Por utilizar a TCAR, FMP foi identificada em 92% dos jateadores e em somente 43,7% dos escultores. Embora os resultados da capacidade de difusão do monóxido de carbono tenham sido significativamente diferentes entre os 2 grupos, essas diferenças foram mais acentuadas nos resultados do TECP. Enquanto 92% dos jateadores não conseguiu atingir pelo menos 80% de seu pico de consumo de oxigénio (VO2 predito, isto foi observado em somente 43,7% dos escultores. Foi observada uma reserva ventilatória de menos de 25% em 40,5% dos jateadores e em nenhum dos escultores. Conclusão: Na silicose, os achados de imagem, função pulmonar e TECP são fortemente influenciados pelo tipo de exposição à poeira de sílica. Adicionalmente, as anormalidades do TECP são mais acentuadas quando comparadas com aquelas medidas tomadas em repouso. Abstract: Objectives: To compare imaging findings, lung function variables and cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET results between Brazilian sandblasters of shipyard and stone carvers with silicosis. Methods: Of the 41 patients, 25 subjects were sandblasters and 16

  3. Sintomas vestibulares em crianças com queixa de dificuldades escolares Vestibular symptoms in children with complaints of school difficulties

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    Eloisa Sartori Franco

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudar os sintomas vestibulares em crianças com queixas de dificuldades escolares. MÉTODOS: Foram estudadas 88 crianças entre sete e 12 anos, que freqüentavam escolas públicas da cidade de Piracicaba no período de 2004 a 2006. Os procedimentos utilizados foram: a anamnese; exame otorrinolaringológico; exame audiológico e questionário dirigido utilizado como instrumento de coleta de dados. RESULTADOS: Das crianças avaliadas 51% não relataram dificuldades escolares e 49% referiram ter dificuldades escolares. A queixa referida mais comum foi a de vertigem (22,7%, e os sintomas referidos mais comuns no ambiente escolar foram de ansiedade (95,5% e cefaléia (53,4%, as dificuldades escolares mais citadas foram a de ler (56,8% e a de copiar (43,2%. CONCLUSÕES: A queixa de tontura e as dificuldades em ler e copiar apresentaram relação estatisticamente significante nas crianças com queixas de dificuldades escolares.PURPOSE: To study vestibular symptoms in children with complaints of school difficulties. METHODS: Eighty-eight children between seven and 12 years old were studied. The subjects attended public schools from Piracicaba - SP (Brazil during the period from 2004 to 2006. The procedures included: anamnesis, otorhinolaryngological examination, audiological examination, and a directed questionnaire used as an instrument for data gathering. RESULTS: From the evaluated children, 51% had no complaints of school difficulties, and 49% reported school difficulties. The most common complaint reported was vertigo (22.7%, and the most common symptoms reported in school environment were anxiety (95.5% and chronic headache (53.4%. The most cited school difficulties were reading (56.8% and copying (43.2%. CONCLUSIONS: Vertigo complaints and reading and copying difficulties presented a statistically significant relation in children with complaints of school difficulties.

  4. Resposta clínica e metabólica de potros neonatos em relação aos achados histopatológicos da placenta na égua

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    L.A. Lins

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Avaliaram-se as respostas clínica e metabólica de potros neonatos em relação aos achados histopatológicos da placenta na égua. Foram avaliados dois grupos de éguas da raça Puro Sangue Inglês - um grupo-problema (n=25 e um grupo-controle (n=25, de acordo com os achados da placenta. O exame dos potros constou de avaliação clínica geral, hematologia e bioquímica sérica. O exame histopatológico da placenta apresentou resultado compatível com a apresentação clínica do potro, sendo que a presença de lesões inflamatórias resultou na produção de potros debilitados. A presença de lesões degenerativas não comprometeu o estado clínico do neonato, mas pode ser responsável pela manifestação de distúrbios subclínicos, evidenciados pelo aumento das taxas de AST e GGT. A ureia pareceu ser um indicador de dano renal decorrente de insuficiência placentária em potros neonatos.

  5. Achados epidemiológicos e alterações oftalmológicas em diabéticos atendidos em hospital geral secundário

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    Mariluce Silveira Vergara

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Avaliar a associação entre alterações no exame oftalmológico, características epidemiológicas e controle metabólico em pacientes diabéticos. Métodos: Estudo transversal. Foram selecionados consecutivamante os diabéticos atendidos durante 2011 em um hospital secundário. Todos os pacientes responderam questionário e foram submetidos a exame oftalmológico. Resultados: Foram estudados 103 pacientes, dos quais 72 (69,9% eram do sexo feminino e 66 (64% da cor branca. A média de idade foi de 59 (+/- 9,21 anos. Sessenta e quatro por cento dos participantes referiram renda aproximada de até 1 salário mínimo, 58,2% tinham ensino fundamental incompleto, 75,7% com história de diabetes familiar, 45,6% informaram realizar controle metabólico regular, 54,3% não observavam cuidados nutricionais, 28% usavam insulina, 99% eram diabéticos do tipo-2. Ao exame, 72,8% apresentaram acuidade visual corrigida de 20/40. Foram estatisticamente significativas as relações entre complicações retinianas e o uso de insulina (OR=8,3; p=0,003 e da baixa acuidade visual com o uso de insulina (OR=5,48, p=0,021 e a idade (OR=11,8; p=0,003. Também foi observada relação entre a baixa de visão com escolaridade, idade e baixa renda Conclusão: Na população analisada, predominantemente de baixa renda e escolaridade, a condução inadequada da doença foi expressiva, o que se associou com a presença de complicações retinianas, reforçando a necessidade de adoção de medidas mais amplas para melhorar as estratégias de controle e prevenção do diabete mellitus.

  6. Ocular findings in Brazilian identical twins with Cohen syndrome: case report Achados oftalmológicos em gêmeos idênticos brasileiros com síndrome de Cohen: relato de caso

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    Priscila Hae Hyun Rim

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available A case of identical male twins with Cohen syndrome who present multiple ophthalmic findings is reported. The patients were identical 16 year-old twin boys who showed down slanting eyelids, mild ptosis, high-grade myopia, small cortical lens opacities, posterior subcapsular cataracts, myotic and corectopic pupils with poor dilation due to focal iris atrophy and retinochoroidal dystrophy. Ophthalmologists must be aware of the ocular and systemic findings of Cohen syndrome in the evaluation of young patients with mental retardation and visual impairment.Relata-se caso de gêmeos idênticos com síndrome de Cohen que apresentam múltiplos achados oftalmológicos. Os pacientes eram gêmeos idênticos, do sexo masculino, que apresentavam pálpebras em forma de onda, ptose moderada, alta miopia, opacidades cristalinianas corticais discretas, catarata subcapsular posterior, pupilas mióticas e corectópicas com pobre dilatação devido à atrofia focal de íris, além de distrofia retinocoroidiana. Os oftalmologistas devem estar atentos quanto aos achados oftalmológicos e sistêmicos da síndrome de Cohen na avaliação de pacientes jovens com retardo mental e baixa visão.

  7. Patogênese e achados clínicos, hematológicos e anatomopatológicos da infecção por Rangelia vitalii em 35 cães (1985-2009

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    Rafael A Fighera

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available A patogênese e os achados clínicos, hematológicos e anatomopatológicos da infecção natural pelo protozoário Rangelia vitalii (rangeliose canina foram estudados em 35 cães que morreram em consequência dessa condição. Os resultados obtidos permitem o seguinte conjunto de conclusões: (1 causa doença hemolítica exclusivamente extravascular e de origem imunomediada; (2 cursa invariavelmente com algum grau de hemorragia à necropsia, mas nem sempre clinicamente perceptível; (3 os principais sinais que devem chamar a atenção para a suspeita clínica são anemia, icterícia e esplenomegalia; (4 o principal achado hematológico e que deve chamar a atenção para a suspeita clínica é a ocorrência de anemia com sinais de intensa regeneração eritroide; (5 os três principais diagnósticos diferenciais são leptospirose, babesiose e erliquiose monocitotrópica aguda; (6 a principal lesão observada é uma associação de hiperplasia linfoide com inflamação mononuclear, predominantemente plasmocitária, mas por vezes granulomatosa; (7 outras lesões frequentes são secundárias à marcada anemia regenerativa; (8 o agente etiológico pode ser facilmente encontrado, pois ocorre em grande quantidade na maioria dos tecidos, principalmente nos linfonodos, no baço, na medula óssea, no coração e nas tonsilas.

  8. Relação entre achados em neuroimagem, habilidades auditivas e metafonológicas em escolares com dislexia do desenvolvimento Relationship between neuroimaging findings and auditory and metaphonological abilities in students with developmental dyslexia

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    Giseli Donadon Germano

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Relacionar as habilidades auditivas, metafonológicas e de neuroimagem em escolares com dislexia do desenvolvimento e comparar os achados dessas habilidades em escolares com bom desempenho acadêmico. MÉTODOS: Participaram deste estudo 20 escolares, sendo dez com diagnóstico interdisciplinar de dislexia do desenvolvimento e dez com bom desempenho acadêmico, submetidos a avaliações audiológica, do processamento auditivo e de consciência fonológica. Os escolares com dislexia do desenvolvimento foram submetidos a exame de imagem (SPECT. RESULTADOS: Os resultados indicaram diferença estatisticamente significante entre as habilidades auditivas de sequência para sons verbais, mensagem competitiva ipsi e contralateral, dicótico de dígitos e dissílabos alternados e habilidades de síntese, segmentação, manipulação e transposição fonêmica. Entre os escolares com dislexia do desenvolvimento, evidenciou-se hipoperfusão da porção mesial do lobo temporal. CONCLUSÃO: Os achados deste estudo evidenciaram correlação entre provas de memória auditiva e manipulação silábica e fonêmica e associação entre habilidades auditivas e fonológicas, sugerindo que os processos auditivos interferem diretamente na percepção de aspectos acústicos, temporais e sequenciais dos sons para formação de uma representação fonológica estável, e que isto pode ser decorrente da presença de alterações de fluxo sanguíneo no lobo temporal.PURPOSE: To correlate auditory and metaphonological abilities and neuroimaging in students with developmental dyslexia, and to compare these findings to those obtained with students with good academic performance. METHODS: Twenty children participated in this study: ten with an interdisciplinary diagnostic of developmental dyslexia, and ten students with good academic performance. All subjects carried out audiologic, auditory processing and phonological awareness evaluations. The students with

  9. Achados otoneurológicos em um caso de miopatia inflamatória Otoneurological findings in an inflammatory myopathy case

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    Bianca Simone Zeigelboim

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available TEMA: a polimiosite é uma enfermidade sistêmica idiopática caracterizada por um processo inflamatório não supurativo que acomete a musculatura esquelética e manifesta-se clinicamente por fraqueza muscular proximal e simétrica. Possui incidência variável, cerca de um caso para cada 100 mil habitantes, havendo predominância no sexo feminino. PROCEDIMENTOS: avaliou-se no Setor de Otoneurologia de uma Instituição, um paciente com diagnóstico de polimiosite, com 60 anos, do sexo feminino, que referiu dificuldade para escutar no ouvido direito, zumbido, ansiedade, insônia, dificuldade nos movimentos do pescoço e dor irradiada para ombros e braços. Foram realizados os seguintes procedimentos: anamnese, inspeção otológica, avaliação audiológica e vestibular. RESULTADOS: a na avaliação audiológica apresentou, perda auditiva neurossensorial de grau moderado na orelha direita e limiares auditivos dentro dos padrões de normalidade na orelha esquerda; b na imitanciometria apresentou, curva timpanométrica do tipo "A" e presença dos reflexos estapedianos bilateralmente; c no exame vestibular observou-se, nistagmo semi-espontâneo do tipo múltiplo e ausência do efeito inibidor da fixação ocular. CONCLUSÃO: observou-se alteração nos exames realizados, principalmente, no exame labiríntico que demonstrou a importância de sua realização e a sensibilidade na captação de alteração que sugeriu envolvimento do sistema nervoso central contribuindo dessa forma, para uma intervenção e acompanhamento terapêutico mais rápido e eficaz.BACKGROUND: polymyositis is an idiopathic systematic disease characterized by a non-suppurative inflammatory process which attacks the skeletal musculature and manifests itself clinically by proximal and symmetrical muscular debility. It shows a variable incidence, approximately one in every hundred thousand inhabitants, predominately in females. PROCEDURES: a patient, 60 years, female and

  10. 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

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available 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 carried 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.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 otorrinolaringológica, 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

  11. Implante coclear e síndrome do aqueduto vestibular alargado em crianças Cochlear implant and large vestibular aqueduct syndrome in children

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    Trissia Maria Farah Vassoler

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Crianças com SAVA podem ter deficiências auditivas moderadas a severas durante fases precoces da infância, porém sua audição residual permite que elas desenvolvam linguagem oral com aparelhos auditivos convencionais e possam estar completamente integradas a condições escolares regulares. Contudo, estas crianças apresentam uma deterioração de sua habilidade auditiva com o decorrer do tempo e o implante coclear está sendo utilizado como uma opção para manter a habilidade auditiva. OBJETIVO: Avaliação da habilidade auditiva de 3 crianças com SAVA submetidas a implante coclear. MATERIAIS: Estudo retrospectivo baseado em revisão de prontuários. RESULTADOS: Em reconhecimento de palavras em campo aberto paciente 1, 80%, paciente 2, 87,5%, paciente 3, 4%. CONCLUSÃO: Os pacientes com aqueduto vestibular alargado são considerados bons candidatos para implante coclear pelos principais centros de implante coclear do mundo, por desenvolverem, em sua maioria, bons resultados de percepção de fala, o que leva estes pacientes a uma boa inserção social.Children with LVAS can develop a severe sensorineural hearing loss early in childhood, but they can be rehabilitated with hearing aids to continue their regular studies and to have a normal life. The problem is that they can deteriorate their hearing capacity, and at this point a cochlear implant can be used to preserve their hearing skills and vocalization. AIM: to evaluate the hearing skills of 3 children with LVAS referred to cochlear implants. MATERIAL: retrospective study based on medical charts' review. RESULTS: Speech recognition in open field: patient 1, 80%; patient 2, 87.5%; patient 3, 4 %. CONCLUSION: Children with LVAS are considered good candidates for Cochlear implant surgery by the most important centers of the world because most of them can develop good speech recognition, providing them a good social life.

  12. 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

    2012-01-01

    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 confirmação 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 pPURPOSE: 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 undergoing 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

  13. Análise de achados de imagem e alterações clínicas em pacientes com linfoma

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    Caldas Flávio Augusto Ataliba

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available A tomografia computadorizada é atualmente o estudo de imagem de escolha para a detecção e estadiamento de linfomas. A tomografia computadorizada é capaz de mensurar com acurácia significativa a extensão e o volume do tumor e prover informações que possam ser usadas para planejar uma estratégia terapêutica apropriada. O presente trabalho teve como objetivo descrever e analisar os achados de imagem obtidos por meio de tomografia computadorizada de tórax e abdome, acompanhada de ultra-sonografia de abdome total de pacientes com diagnóstico de linfoma e com sorologia negativa para o vírus HIV, alterações clínicas, como a queixa que levou o paciente a procurar o serviço de saúde, já revelando sinais de acometimento da doença linfocitária, neste momento ainda não diagnosticada, e alterações ao exame físico nesta primeira consulta. A amostra estudada foi composta por 30 pacientes, sendo que, destes, 40% teriam o diagnóstico de linfoma não-Hodgkin, 46,6% de linfoma Hodgkin, 10% de linfoma de Burkitt e 3,3% com o diagnóstico de linfoma linfoblástico.

  14. Achados histeroscópicos em mulheres na pós-menopausa com diagnóstico de espessamento endometrial por ultra-sonografia transvaginal Hysteroscopic findings in postmenopausal women with endometrial thickening diagnosed by transvaginal ultrasound

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    Adriana Bittencourt Campaner

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: correlacionar espessamento endometrial diagnosticado por ultra-sonografia com os achados histeroscópicos, em mulheres na pós-menopausa. MÉTODOS: foi realizado estudo transversal com avaliação histeroscópica em 121 mulheres na pós-menopausa, com diagnóstico de espessamento do endométrio por ultra-sonografia transvaginal. Das pacientes incluídas, 23 (19% recebiam diferentes esquemas de hormonioterapia e 98 não referiam uso de reposição hormnonal.; 55 pacientes queixavam-se de sangramento por via vaginal e as restantes apresentavam-se sem esta condição. Os exames endoscópicos foram realizados ambulatorialmente, utilizando-se histeroscópio rígido de 4 mm. Para a distensão da cavidade uterina empregou-se gás carbônico (CO2. Biópsia foi praticada em todas as pacientes, com auxílio de cureta tipo Novak, de 3 mm, e o material obtido submetido a estudo histopatológico. RESULTADOS: a espessura do endométrio variou entre 6 e 38 mm, com média de 10,7 ± 5,3 mm. Os achados histeroscópicos foram: lesão polipóide, em 51 pacientes (42,1%; endométrio atrófico, em 15 (12,4%; sinéquia senil, em 15 (12,4%; espessamento focal, em 13 (10,7%; lesão cerebróide, em 6 (5,0%; endométrio proliferativo, em 5 (4,1%; muco, em 5 (4,1%; mioma, em 4 (3,3%; endométrio secretor, em 3 (2,5%; hiperplasia endometrial, em 3 (2,5% e atrofia cística, em 1 (0,8%. Observou-se correlação entre os achados histeroscópicos e os resultados da histopatologia em 30 dos 51 casos de pólipo, em 12 dos 15 de endométrio atrófico e na totalidade dos casos sugestivos de hiperplasia endometrial e de adenocarcinoma. CONCLUSÃO: na maioria das pacientes, o exame histeroscópico revelou que não se tratava de real espessamento endometrial, mas sim de outras variedades de lesão da cavidade uterina.PURPOSE: to correlate endometrial thickening diagnosed by ultrasonography with hysteroscopic findings in postmenopausal women. METHODS: a transversal study

  15. Variação da ecogenicidade difusa em parênquima hepático homogêneo relacionada aos achados bioquímicos e hematológicos em cães

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    Fernanda P. Medeiros

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available No presente estudo foi analisado o parênquima hepático com características homogêneas e ecogenicidade difusa reduzida (G1, aumentada (G2 e normal (G3, em relação ao perfil dos animais, dimensão do fígado e achado bioquímico e hematológico. Amostras de sangue obtidas por punção venosa da jugular ou da cefálica do antebraço foram encaminhadas para realização de hemograma e dosagem sérica de ALT, FA, proteínas totais, albumina, globulina, uréia e creatinina. Dos 30 cães que compuseram o G1, 30 (100% apresentaram evidenciação das paredes portais e da parede da vesícula biliar, 23 (76,67% fígado com dimensão preservada e bordos em ângulos agudos, 15 (50% faixa etária entre 1 e 6 anos de idade e 8 (26,67% eram da raça Lhasa apso. Não houve predisposição quanto ao sexo, assim como não foram identificadas alterações significativas nos exames bioquímicos e hematológicos dos cães do G1. Quanto aos diagnósticos clínicos atribuídos para estes cães, houve maior prevalência de gastroenterite (43,33%. Dos 30 cães do G2, 27 animais (90% apresentaram hepatomegalia e arredondamento dos bordos hepáticos, 18 (60% tinham idade superior a 9 anos, 16 (53,33% eram fêmeas e 9 (30% eram da raça poodle. Houve elevação da atividade sérica de FA e elevação de ALT, redução nos níveis de proteínas séricas totais, albumina, globulinas, eritrócitos e volume globular, além de leucocitose por neutrofilia, com desvio à esquerda, eosinopenia, linfopenia e monocitose nos cães do G2. Neste grupo houve prevalência de doenças metabólicas (54%, como diabetes mellitus e hiperadrenocorticismo, além das hepatopatias crônicas (17%, atribuídas ao uso contínuo e prolongado de corticóide e drogas anticonvulsivantes. Dos 30 cães do grupo controle (G3, 22 (73,33% apresentaram dimensões hepáticas inalteradas e bordos em ângulos agudos. Neste grupo de animais, não houve alterações significativas nos exames laboratoriais.

  16. Vestibular neuritis.

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    Jeong, Seong-Hae; Kim, Hyo-Jung; Kim, Ji-Soo

    2013-07-01

    Vestibular neuritis is the most common cause of acute spontaneous vertigo. Vestibular neuritis is ascribed to acute unilateral loss of vestibular function, probably due to reactivation of herpes simplex virus in the vestibular ganglia. The diagnostic hallmarks of vestibular neuritis are spontaneous horizontal-torsional nystagmus beating away from the lesion side, abnormal head impulse test for the involved semicircular canals, ipsilesional caloric paresis, decreased responses of vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials during stimulation of the affected ear, and unsteadiness with a falling tendency toward the lesion side. Vestibular neuritis preferentially involves the superior vestibular labyrinth and its afferents. Accordingly, the function of the posterior semicircular canal and saccule, which constitute the inferior vestibular labyrinth, is mostly spared in vestibular neuritis. However, because the rare subtype of inferior vestibular neuritis lacks the typical features of vestibular neuritis, it may be misdiagnosed as a central vestibular disorder. Even in the patient with the typical pattern of spontaneous nystagmus observed in vestibular neuritis, brain imaging is indicated when the patient has unprecedented headache, negative head impulse test, severe unsteadiness, or no recovery within 1 to 2 days. Symptomatic medication is indicated only during the acute phase to relieve the vertigo and nausea/vomiting. Vestibular rehabilitation hastens the recovery. The efficacy of topical and systemic steroids requires further validation. Thieme Medical Publishers 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.

  17. Avaliação dos achados ao exame dos potenciais evocados do tronco cerebral em indivíduos com síndrome de West Evaluation of the brainstem evoked potentials in West syndrome

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    Alfredo Lopes Pereira Filho

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available A síndrome de West é um tipo de espasmo infantil caracterizado por encefalopatia epiléptica associado a espasmos em flexão e deficiência mental de instalação no primeiro ano de vida e de etiologia incerta. Acredita-se ser determinada por diferentes fatores etiológicos como infeção intrauterina, esclerose tuberosa, asfixia perinatal ou afecções pós-natais. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Observacional coorte com corte transversal. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: No presente estudo dez pacientes com Síndrome de West foram submetidos ao exame de Potencial Evocado de Tronco Cerebral (BERA para avaliar o envolvimento do tronco cerebral e das vias auditivas a este nível. RESULTADO: Os achados anormais ao BERA incluem alteração na morfologia das curvas com reprodutibilidade apenas de onda I e II, (caso 7, aumento do intervalo interpico da onda I-V (casos 1, 2 e 9, aumento da proporção de amplitude da onda I/V (caso 8 e alteração do limiar eletrofisiológico (caso 7. Tais achados ao BERA sugerem que a disfunção do sistema nervoso resulte principalmente da hipogênese ou degeneração das células nervosas, em parte como resultado da dismielinização. CONCLUSÃO: Os autores recomendam o uso de estudos eletrofisiológicos para avaliar a disfunção do sistema nervoso central no paciente com suspeita de espasmo infantil.The West syndrome is a pediatric disease that involves muscular spasm, mental deficiency and epileptic encephalopathy. This disease tends to be noticed in the first year of life and has no etiology known. It is believed to be caused by different etiology factors as uterine infection, tuberous sclerosis, perinatal asphyxia, or post-born diseases. STUDY DESIGN: Observacional cohort with transversal cut. MATERIAL AND METHOD: In this study, ten West Syndrome patients were submitted to Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR to evaluate the involvement of the hearing system. RESULTS: The abnormal results consisted in morphological alterations (case 7

  18. Achados tomográficos das alterações abdominais pós-operatórias dos pacientes submetidos ao derivação gastrojejunal em Y-de-Roux sem anel

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    Fernanda Marcondes Ribas

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar por exame de tomografia computadorizada de pacientes submetidos à derivação gastrojejunal em Y-de-Roux, sem anel, para tratamento de obesidade mórbida. MÉTODOS: Estudaram-se 40 pacientes, encaminhados ao serviço de tomografia do Hospital Universitário Evangélico de Curitiba para avaliação diagnóstica. Encontravam-se em pós-operatório de cirurgia bariátrica tendo sido operados no mesmo hospital. Foram incluídos pacientes submetidos à operação laparoscópica com sintomas que necessitavam de avaliação tomográfica diagnóstica. Excluíram-se pacientes que tinham sido submetidos à cirurgia bariátrica por outras técnicas cirúrgicas; que tinham sido operados por outra equipe; que não concordassem com a administração de contraste iodado por via oral ou endovenosa; e que excediam o limite de peso da mesa de exame. Para análise estatística utilizou-se a média das variáveis. RESULTADOS: Os pacientes apresentaram-se com idade entre 23 a 70 anos e eram 11 homens e 29 mulheres. Não houve alterações extra-abdominais detectáveis pela tomografia de abdômen total; dos 40 pacientes avaliados, 30 apresentavam achados tomográficos dentro do limite da normalidade. A presença de estenose na anastomose gastrojejunal foi encontrada em um paciente; hérnia interna ocorreu em cinco; fístula anastomótica em um e abcesso em três dos pacientes estudados. CONCLUSÃO: A tomografia de abdome total não conseguiu informar a causa dos sintomas dos pacientes operados em 87,5% dos pacientes que procuraram re-avaliação médica por sintomas pós-operatórios da cirurgia bariátrica.

  19. Achados em ressonância magnética artrográfica de indivíduos com lesão do labrum acetabular Magnetic resonance arthrographic findings in subjects with acetabular labral tears

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    André Luiz Almeida Pizzolatti

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever os achados em artro RM de sujeitos com suspeita de lesão do labrum acetabular. MÉTODO: Foram analisadas 108 artro RM de quadris em 2007/2008. Dois radiologistas independentemente analisaram as imagens e foi considerada a resposta comum entre eles. Com base em seus pareceres observou-se o local e estadiamento das lesões labrais e condrais, as alterações anatômicas, e a presença de tendinite e bursite trocantérica. RESULTADO: As lesões labrais grau I ocorreram em 41% dos casos, grau II em 31%, e grau III em 29%. O IFA tipo cam foi frequente em 36% dos casos, tipo pincer em 11%, e IFA misto em 13%, nestes casos 57% apresentaram lesão labral grau III, A lesão condral grau I foi observada em 51% acetábulos, as de grau II em 13%, e grau III em 18%. CONCLUSÃO: As alterações morfológicas que provocam IFA do tipo cam foram as mais prevalentes. Em relação ao grau de lesão labral e condral foram predominantes as lesões grau I independente da presença ou do tipo de IFA, exceto em IFAs mistos onde houve predomínio de lesão labral grau III. Não foi observada uma relação entre o grau de lesão labral e condral.OBJECTIVE: To describe the MR arthrographic findings in subjects with suspected acetabular labral tears of the hip. METHOD: 108 hip MRa results were analyzed in 2007-2008. Two radiologists independently interpreted the images, and the consensual answers between them were considered for analysis. Based on their opinions, information was obtained on the location, staging of the chondral and labral lesions, anatomic alterations, and the presence of trochanteric bursitis and tendonitis. RESULTS: 1st degree labral lesions occurred in 41% of cases, 2nd degree in 31%, and 3rd degree in 29%. The cam type FAI was common in 36% of cases, pincer FAI in 11%, and mixed cam-pincer FAI in 13%; in these cases 57% had grade III labral lesions. 1st degree chondral lesions were observed in 51% of acetabulum, 2nd degree in 13

  20. Associação da carga parasitária renal com achados laboratoriais em cães com leishmaniose visceral Renal parasite load association with laboratory findings in dogs with visceral Leishmaniasis

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    Mariana de Medeiros Torres

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available A leishmaniose visceral canina é uma doença grave e a morte ocorre por falência renal, considerando que os métodos diagnósticos convencionais não possibilitam a classificação clínica do animal. O objetivo deste estudo foi associar a carga parasitária renal aos achados clínicos e histopatológicos em cães com leishmaniose visceral. A análise microscópica revelou predomínio de nefrite intersticial mononuclear de graus variados em 59,3% dos cães avaliados. Entretanto, não houve diferença entre a carga parasitária renal de sintomáticos e oligossintomáticos (P= 0,35. As lesões renais foram de ordem inflamatória e a quantidade de parasitos não influenciaram na característica dessas lesões e nem nas alterações bioquímicas, mesmo em cães com diferentes classificações clínicas.Canine visceral leishmaniasis is a severe disease and the death occurs from renal failure, whereas conventional diagnostic methods do not allow the animal clinical staging. The aim of this study was to associate the renal parasite load to clinical and histopathological findings in dogs with visceral Leishmaniasis. Microscopic analysis revealed a predominance of mononuclear interstitial nephritis of varying degrees in 59, 3% of dogs evaluated. However, no difference was found between the renal parasite load of symptomatics and oligosymptomatics (P= 0,35. Renal lesions were inflammatory order and amount of parasites not influenced the characteristics of theses lesions nor biochemical changes, even in dogs with different clinical classifications.

  1. Intoxicação experimental por amônia em bovinos que receberam uréia extrusada ou granulada: achados clínicos

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    Alexandre Coutinho Antonelli

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available Doze garrotes Girolando, nunca alimentados com uréia, foram distribuídos em dois grupos de seis animais cada. Ambos os grupos receberam intraruminalmente dose única (0,5 g/kg PV de uréia extrusada (G1 ou granulada (G2, para induzir quadro de intoxicação por amônia. O quadro clínico exibido pelos garrotes foi acompanhado durante 240 minutos. Além da constatação dos sinais clínicos clássicos ligados a essa intoxicação, o presente trabalho descreve a presença de três novos sinais: desidratação, hipotermia e vasos episclerais ingurgitados. Convulsão, considerada sinal definitivo, ocorreu em cinco de seis animais de cada grupo. Um garrote (G1 exibiu apenas fasciculações, enquanto outro (G2 desenvolveu quadro clínico típico, porém sem convulsão, e recuperou-se espontaneamente sem tratamento. Os surgimentos de tremores musculares, decúbito esternal e episódios convulsivos ocorreram em momentos similares em ambos os grupos, mas quando analisados conjuntamente verificou-se que foram mais tardios no G1 (p < 0,04. O 1º sinal clínico observado foi a fasciculação, seguida por apatia, hiperestesia, apoio em obstáculos, tremores musculares, atonia ruminal, incoordenação motora, decúbito esternal e lateral, desidratação leve ou severa, e convulsão. Maiores freqüências cardíacas foram detectadas na convulsão. Após a convulsão, quatro garrotes de cada grupo apresentaram hipotermia leve. Um garrote do G2 entrou em estado comatoso e sucumbiu subitamente antes que fosse iniciado o tratamento. Apesar da uréia extrusada adiar o surgimento do quadro clínico, os sinais evidenciados foram tão severos quanto os causados por uréia granulada. Ambas formas de uréia, oferecidas em altas doses são perigosas a bovinos que nunca foram alimentados com uréia.

  2. Perda auditiva e hipertensão: achados em um grupo de idosos Hearing loss and hypertension: findings in an older by group

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    Giovana S. Baraldi

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available Com o avanço da idade cresce o número de doenças crônicas sendo a hipertensão arterial sistêmica (HAS e a perda auditiva de grande prevalência na população idosa. OBJETIVO: Comparar e analisar os resultados de anamnese e audiometria tonal limiar de pacientes idosos hipertensos e não-hipertensos. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Estudo de coorte contemporânea transversal. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Este estudo foi realizado na UNIFESP no período de março a novembro de 2003. Foram avaliados através de anamnese e audiometria tonal limiar 70 idosos, com idade entre 60 e 92 anos, sendo 15 do sexo masculino e 54 do sexo feminino. RESULTADOS: Quanto aos achados audiológicos dos grupos estudados pode-se observar diferença com relação à configuração audiométrica do tipo rampa e a queixa de "zumbido", ambas mais freqüentes no grupo dos idosos não-hipertensos. CONCLUSÃO: Os idosos hipertensos não apresentaram maior déficit auditivo, sendo o grau de perda de audição semelhante nos dois grupos. A configuração audiométrica predominante no grupo de idosos hipertensos foi do tipo plana, enquanto que nos não-hipertensos foi do tipo rampa. Com relação às queixas audiológicas, o grupo de não-hipertensos apresentou maior ocorrência da queixa "zumbido".As the age advances, the number of chronic diseases also grows, the systemic arterial hypertension (SAH and hearing loss having a significant prevalence in aged people. OBJECTIVE: To compare and analyze anamnesis and threshold tonal audiometry results in both hypertensive and non-hypertensive patients. STUDY DESIGN: Transversal contemporany cohort study. MATERIAL AND METHOD: This study has been conducted at UNIFESP in the period from March to November 2003. Seventy people in the age group from 60 to 92 - 15 male and 54 female - were evaluated through anamnesis and threshold tonal audiometry. RESULTS: As to audiology findings of groups studied, a difference can be noted regarding "ramp

  3. Vestibular migraine

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    Lempert, Thomas; Olesen, Jes; Furman, Joseph

    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...

  4. Follicular red dots: a normal trichoscopy feature in patients with pigmentary disorders? Pontos vermelhos foliculares: um achado tricoscópico normal em pacientes com distúrbios da pigmentação?

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    Rodrigo Pirmez

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Follicular red dots have been described as a trichoscopic feature of active discoid lupus erythematosus of the scalp and its presence associated with a better prognosis. We report five patients with pigmentary disorders in whom follicular red dots were detected during scalp examination. We suggest that this pattern is probably related to the rich vasculature that naturally envelops the normal hair follicle. The possible implications of such proposition in cases of discoid lupus erythematosus and other scalp disorders are also discussed.Pontos vermelhos foliculares foram descritos como achado tricoscópico de lupus eritematoso discóide do couro cabeludo em atividade e a presença destes associado a melhor prognóstico. Relatamos cinco pacientes com distúrbios da pigmentação nos quais pontos vermelhos foliculares foram detectados ao exame do couro cabeludo. Sugerimos que este padrão está provavelmente relacionado à rica vascularização que naturalmente envolve o folículo piloso normal. As possíveis implicações desta suposição nos casos de lupus eritematoso discóide e outras doenças do couro cabeludo também são discutidas.

  5. Achados da neuroimagem em transtorno de estresse pós-traumático e suas implicações clínicas Posttraumatic stress disorder neuroimaging findings and their clinical implications

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    Julio Fernando Prieto Peres

    2005-07-01

    Full Text Available Estudos com neuroimagem vêm replicando alguns achados relevantes ao entendimento de anormalidades neuroanatômicas, estruturais e funcionais associadas ao transtorno de estresse pós-traumático (TEPT. A dificuldade em sintetizar, categorizar e integrar a memória traumática em uma narrativa pode estar relacionada à relativa diminuição do volume e ativação do hipocampo, à diminuição na atividade do córtex pré-frontal, do cíngulo anterior e da área de Broca. O mecanismo deficiente de extinção da resposta ao medo e à desregulação emocional estão possivelmente relacionados à menor atividade cortical pré-frontal, implicado na atenuação do feedback negativo da atividade da amígdala. Tais memórias traumáticas não-hipocampo/pré-frontal dependentes são involuntariamente acessadas, apresentam-se fragmentadas sensorialmente, sem estrutura narrativa desenvolvida e tendem a permanecer com expressão emocional intensa e sensações vívidas. Processos psicoterapêuticos, baseados em exposição e reconstrução cognitiva, podem estimular as faculdades cognitivas e integrativas do encéfalo correspondentes às estruturas encontradas como deficitárias em indivíduos com TEPT. Nessa perspectiva, a memória poderá perder intensidade emocional, ser cognitivamente mais organizada e ainda, esvaecer-se com o tempo. Outras implicações dos achados da neuroimagem são discutidas no âmbito psicoterapêutico, assim como, as perspectivas de futuros estudos com neuroimagem no Brasil.Neuroimaging findings have been replicating some findings important to understanding structural and functional abnormalities associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD. The impairment in synthesizing, categorizing, and integrating a traumatic memory into a narrative may be related to a relative decrease in hippocampus volume and activation, and a decrease in activity of the prefrontal cortex, anterior cingulate, and Broca's area. The deficient

  6. Intoxicação experimental pelas favas de Stryphnodendron obovatum (Leg. Mimosoideae em bovinos. 2. Achados anátomo e histopatológicos

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    Brito Marilene F.

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de caracterizar as alterações anátomo e histopatológicas da intoxicação experimental por Stryph-nodendron obovatum Benth. (fam. Leg. Mimosoideae, as favas desta árvore foram administradas, por via oral, a 17 bovinos jovens. Destes, cinco morreram, sendo que apenas um deles recebeu 60g/kg das favas, em dose única, e quatro as receberam em doses repetidas (10g/kg durante 8 dias, 20g/kg durante 3 dias, 30g/kg durante 2 dias e 40g/kg durante 2 dias. Macroscopicamente, as lesões se caracterizaram por avermelhamento e aderência das papilas, desprendimento do epitélio e congestão da própria, sobretudo no rúmen e com menor intensidade no retículo e no omaso. No abomaso havia congestão difusa ou focal e grandes áreas com erosões/ulcerações. No intestino delgado observaram-se congestão da mucosa e placas de Peyer muito vermelhas e bem delimitadas e no intestino grosso leve a moderada congestão. Os linfonodos mesentéricos apresentavam-se avermelhados, ao corte. Histologicamente verificaram-se, desde a cavidade oral até o omaso, áreas de acantose, espongiose, paraqueratose, hiperqueratose, necrose e degeneração hidrópico-vacuolar, com formação de vesículas ou pústulas intra-epiteliais, por vezes contendo queratinócitos acantolíticos, e desprendimento epitelial nestas áreas. Congestão e hemorragias focais foram observadas em todo trato digestivo, porém eram mais acentuadas no abomaso e no intestino delgado.

  7. Electroneuromyography and neuromuscular findings in 16 primary hypothyroidism patients Achados eletroneuromiográficos e neuromusculares em 16 pacientes com hipotireoidismo primário

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    Márcia W. Cruz

    1996-03-01

    Full Text Available There has been few reports on electroneuromyography (ENMG changes in hypothyroidism. The objectives of the present study were to investigate the frequency of ENMG abnormalities in hypothyroidism and correlate them with neurological signs and symptoms and muscle enzyme levels; and to compare latency, amplitude and nerve conduction velocity from selected nerves with controls. Sixteen patients suffering from primary hypothyroidism were submitted to ENMG before treatment. ENMG abnormalities were found in 87.5% of the patients; 46.6% had myopathy and 43.7% had carpal tunnel syndrome. There was no case of polyneuropathy. A clear-cut clinical, laboratorial and ENMG correlation was observed in patients with myopathy and carpal tunnel syndrome. The patients showed a significant tendency of nerve conduction slowness as compared with controls. The findings are in accordance with the well-known nerve and muscle damage in hypothyroidism.Foram avaliados através de eletroneuromiografia (ENMG 16 pacientes com hipotireoidismo primário de diversas etiologias, virgens de tratamento, com o objetivo de: estabelecer a incidência de alterações; correlacioná-las com parâmetros clínicos referentes ao acometimento do sistema nervoso periférico e níveis de enzimas musculares; estabelecer a comparação entre valores médios da latência, amplitude e velocidade de condução nervosa de alguns nervos selecionados no grupo de pacientes e de grupo controle. Alterações da ENMG foram encontradas em 87,5% dos casos, sendo estabelecido diagnóstico eletrofisiológico de miopatia em 46,6% e de síndrome do túnel do carpo em 43,7%. Nenhum dos casos foi identificado como polineuropatia. A concordância entre sintomatologia (100%, exame neurológico (28,57%, níveis de enzimas musculares (42,85% e ENMG foi elevada para casos de miopatia. Nos casos de síndrome do canal carpiano foi respectivamente de 71,42% para sintomatologia e 71,42% para exame neurológico. A compara

  8. Astrocitoma subependimário de células gigantes em pacientes com esclerose tuberosa: achados em ressonância magnética de dez casos Subependymal giant cell astrocytoma in patients with tuberous sclerosis: magnetic resonance imaging findings in ten cases

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    Karina Takata

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Relatar os achados de ressonância magnética (RM em 10 casos de astrocitoma subependimário de células gigantes (ASCG em pacientes com esclerose tuberosa (ET. MÉTODO: Foram estudados de forma retrospectiva 10 pacientes com ET e diagnóstico histológico comprovado de ASCG. Quatro pacientes eram do sexo masculino e seis do feminino, com idade média de 15,7 anos. Todos os pacientes foram investigados com RM, sendo os exames revisados por dois radiologistas, havendo decisão por consenso sobre os achados de imagem. Foram analisados os seguintes achados: localização, dimensões, intensidade de sinal em T1/T2, realce pós-contraste e outros achados associados. RESULTADOS: Todos os pacientes apresentaram lesão única sugestiva de ASCG, medindo entre 1,5 cm e 8 cm em seu maior diâmetro. Oito lesões foram encontradas junto ao forame de Monro (80% e duas adjacentes ao corpo do ventrículo lateral (20%. Os tumores apresentavam nas imagens pesadas em T1 médio sinal (70% e em T2 alto sinal (100%, com realce intenso após a administração do gadolínio (100%. CONCLUSÃO: Os astrocitomas subependimários de células gigantes em pacientes com ET em geral apresentam-se como lesão única próxima ao forame de Monro, com médio sinal nas imagens ponderadas em T1, alto sinal em T2 e realce intenso após a administração de contraste.OBJECTIVE: To report the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI findings in 10 patients with subependimal giant cell astrocytoma (SGCA and tuberous sclerosis (TS. METHOD: Ten patients were retrospectively studied, presenting TS and histologically proven SGCA. Four patients were male and six female, with mean age 15.7 years. All patients underwent MRI, which was analyzed by two radiologists, final diagnosis was reached by consensus. The following findings were studied: topography, size, signal intensity on T1/T2-weighted images, contrast enhancement and associated findings. RESULTS: All patients presented a single lesion

  9. Prevalência de achados cutâneos em portadores de esclerose sistêmica: experiência de um hospital universitário Prevalence of cutaneous findings in systemic sclerosis patients: experience of a teaching hospital

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    Fernanda Guidolin

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTOS: A esclerose sistêmica é colagenose pouco comum e muito rica em manifestações cutâneas. OBJETIVO: Estudar a prevalência das manifestações cutâneas na esclerose sistêmica em geral e nos seus diferentes subtipos (formas limitada, generalizada e mista. MÉTODOS: Analisaram-se 32 pacientes de esclerose sistêmica (20 com forma limitada, oito com generalizada e quatro com forma mista quanto à esclerose de pele, fenômeno de Raynaud, cicatrizes estelares, telangiectasias, leucomelanodermia, microstomia, calcinose e prurido. RESULTADOS: Encontraram-se esclerose de pele e fenômeno de Raynaud em 100% dos pacientes; cicatrizes estelares em 65,6%; telangiectasias em 43,7%; leucomelanodermia em 43,7%; microstomia em 31,25%; prurido em 28,1% e calcinose em 12,5%. Não se observaram diferenças entre as formas localizada e difusa da doença, sendo p = 1 para cicatrizes estelares; p = 0,69 para telangiectasias; p = 0,22 para microstomia, p = 1 para calcinose e prurido. A forma mista de doença não diferiu das formas isoladas (limitada e difusa quanto aos mesmos achados. CONCLUSÕES: As manifestações mais comuns na esclerose sistêmica são a esclerose de pele e o fenômeno de Raynaud, e a mais rara é a calcinose. As três formas apresentam freqüências semelhantes de Raynaud, cicatrizes estelares, microstomia, telangiectasia, calcinose e prurido.BACKGROUND: Systemic sclerosis or scleroderma is a rare collagen disease presenting several cutaneous manifestations. OBJECTIVE: To study the prevalence of cutaneous manifestations in systemic sclerosis and its subtypes (limited form, diffuse form and overlap syndrome. METHODS: We studied 32 patients with scleroderma (20 with the limited form; 8 with the diffuse form and 4 with overlap syndrome considering skin sclerosis, Raynaud's phenomenon, digital scars, telangiectasia, leucomelanoderma (pigmentary changes, microstomy, calcinosis and pruritus. RESULTS: We found skin sclerosis and

  10. Síndrome de Waardenburg: achados audiológicos em 2 irmãos Waardenburg's syndrome: audiological findings in 2 brothers

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    Carlos Henrique F. Martins

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available A síndrome de Waardenburg foi inicialmente descrita em 1951 por P.J. Waardenburg, como uma condição autossômica dominante que apresenta penetrância e expressividade variáveis de seus caracteres. Os sinais clínicos mais frequentes são: deslocamento lateral dos cantos internos dos olhos (telecanto, hiperplasia da porção medial dos supercílios (sinofris, base nasal proeminente e alargada, alterações na pigmentação da íris e da pele, surdez congênita, mecha branca frontal ou encanecimento precoce. Este estudo foi realizado em dois irmãos de uma família, que apresentavam características clínicas da síndrome de Waardenburg, entre elas a deficiência auditiva. Os pacientes foram submetidos à uma avaliação otorrinolaringológica, audiológica e genética.Waardenburg's Syndrome, first described in 1951 by P.J. Waardenburg, is an autossomal dominant condition with variable penetrance and expressivity of its features. The clinical signs are lateral displacement of the inner canthi of the eyes, confluent eyebrows, broad and prominent nasal root, pigmentation changes of the irises and skin, sensorineural deafness, white forelock or early graying of the hair. This study was based on two brothers who presented a typical clinical picture of Waardenburg's Syndrome, including hearing loss. Otolaryngological, audiological and genetical evaluations were conducted.

  11. Principais achados de colonoscopias realizadas em caráter de urgência e eletivas Main finding on emergency and electie colonoscopies

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    Carlos Henrique Marques dos Santos

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Desde 1960 houve grande avanço tecnológico na observação do aparelho digestivo com o advento dos endoscópios flexíveis, usados inicialmente para o trato digestivo superior e posteriormente também para o inferior, permitindo diagnósticos mais precisos e realização do tratamento em alguns casos. Mesmo em situações de urgência a colonoscopia pode ser utilizada como primeira escolha podendo ser diagnóstica e terapêutica. OBJETIVO: O presente estudo teve por objetivo avaliar quais foram os resultados principais das colonoscopias realizadas no Setor de Endoscopia Digestiva do Hospital Regional de Mato Grosso do Sul. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Foram estudados 290 pacientes submetidos à colonoscopia no Serviço de Endoscopia Digestiva do Hospital Regional do Mato Grosso do Sul, no período de novembro de 2006 a agosto de 2007. Foram analisadas as seguintes variáveis: sexo, idade, caráter de indicação do exame (urgência e eletiva e diagnóstico. RESULTADOS: A idade média foi de 52 anos, variando de 15 a 92 anos. A maioria dos pacientes era do sexo feminino (56,5%. Dos 290 exames realizados no período foram constatados 48,5% (n=141 de colonoscopias com diagnóstico normal. Dentre os anormais houve uma prevalência de doença diverticular dos colos (n=56, seguido de pólipos (n=37, doenças inflamatórias (n=31, neoplasias (n=18 e angiodisplasia (n=7. Os pólipos apresentaram uma maior concentração em colo sigmóide (n=18 seguido pelo colo descendente e reto. As doenças inflamatórias apresentaram como diagnóstico colonoscópio, colite actínica (n=11 seguida por retite actínica (n=7 e retite inespecífica (n=7. Houve um maior número de procedimentos oriundos do ambulatório (73% em contraste com internados (20% e provenientes do Pronto Socorro (7%. CONCLUSÃO: A doença diverticular e os pólipos foram os diagnósticos preponderantes, pois a maior indicação foi a hemorragia digestiva. Uma alta incidência de pólipos em sigm

  12. Interrelationship between radiologic findings and prognosis of epilepsy in children with neurocysticercosis Interrelação entre achados radiológicos e o prognóstico da epilepsia em crianças com neurocisticercose

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    Lisiane Seguti Ferreira

    2002-03-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Epileptic manifestations of Neurocysticercosis (NC appear to depend on number and localization of the cysts. The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between CT findings, number of parasites and the evolutive stage of the cysts, and the prognosis of epilepsy in children with NC. METHOD: We studied 28 patients with the parenchymal form of NC, considering: epilepsy duration; seizure frequency before and after AED treatment; seizure control; number of AED and recurrence after AED withdrawal. Clinical information was crossed with the number of lesions and disease activity in univariate comparison. RESULTS: The analysis of the clinical data in relation to the number of lesions and disease activity showed no statistical difference among the variables (p>0.05. CONCLUSION: We conclude that the course of epilepsy due to NC in childhood cannot be based exclusively on the number or stage of the parasites.INTRODUÇÃO: As manifestações epilépticas da neurocisticercose (NC parecem depender do número e localização das lesões. O objetivo desse estudo foi investigar a relação entre os achados de CT, número de parasitas e estágio evolutivo dos cistos, com o prognóstico da epilepsia em crianças. MÉTODO: Nós estudamos 28 pacientes com a forma parenquimatosa da NC, considerando: duração da epilepsia; freqüência de crises antes e após o tratamento com DAE; aquisição de controle; número de drogas e recorrência. Esses aspectos foram correlacionados com o número de lesões e atividade da doença em análise estatística univariada. RESULTADOS: A análise dos dados clínicos em relação ao número de lesões e atividade da doença não revelou diferenças estatisticamente significativas (p>0,05. CONCLUSÃO: Concluímos que o curso da epilepsia por NC na infância não pode se basear exclusivamente no número ou estágio dos parasitas.

  13. Achados patológicos e imuno-histoquímicos em cães infectados naturalmente pelo vírus da cinomose canina Pathologic and immunohistochemistry findings in dogs naturally infected by canine distemper virus

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    Luciana Sonne

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available A cinomose canina é uma doença viral e afeta principalmente os sistemas respiratório, gastrintestinal e nervoso. Neste trabalho foram analisados os achados patológicos e imuno-histoquímicos de 54 cães com cinomose de um total de 760 cães necropsiados no período de julho de 2006 a outubro de 2007. As lesões macroscópicas observadas foram caracterizadas por corrimento ocular e nasal mucopurulentas, hiperqueratose dos coxins digitais, pulmões avermelhados e não colapsados, atrofia do timo, conteúdo intestinal diarréico e placas de Peyer proeminentes. Os achados histológicos caracterizavam-se principalmente por pneumonia intersticial, rarefação linfóide, desmielinização da substância branca, manguitos perivasculares e corpúsculos de inclusão intranucleares e intracitoplasmáticos, que se localizam principalmente na mucosa do estômago, epitélios da bexiga, brônquios e bronquíolos, pelve renal, coxins digitais, pálpebra, orelha e tonsila no sistema nervoso central e em células mononucleares dos linfonodos, baço e tonsilas. Os tecidos foram marcados pela técnica imuno-histoquímica utilizando anticorpo monoclonal anti-cinomose canina. O coxim digital foi o tecido com maior número de casos marcados positivamente (67,4% dos casos, seguido pelo estômago com 62,7%. A imuno-histoquímica mostrou ser uma ferramenta importante para o estudo da distribuição do antígeno em cães infectados pela cinomose bem como indicou o melhor tecido para a confirmação do diagnóstico de casos suspeitos.Canine distemper is a viral disease that affects mainly respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous system. The present study analyzes pathologic and immunohistochemical findings in 54 dogs with canine distemper of a total of 760 canine necropsies performed from July 2006 to October 2007. The gross lesions were characterized by mucopurulent oculonasal discharge, hyperkeratosis of footpads, red and not collapsed lungs, thymic atrophy, watery

  14. Clinical and laboratory findings in patients with dengue associated with hepatopathy Achados clínicos e laboratoriais em pacientes com dengue associada à hepatopatia

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    Delso do Nascimento

    2011-12-01

    tumoral (TNF, células natural killer (NK, B linfócitos e macrófagos. MÉTODOS: Este estudo foi realizado em um hospital público da Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso do Sul. As alterações hepáticas pelo dengue podem evoluir com quadros graves e potencialmente letais. Foram avaliados exames de 68 pacientes atendidos e confirmados com dengue, onde 56 foram classificados como dengue clássico, seis, como dengue hemorrágico grau I e seis como dengue hemorrágico grau II. RESULTADOS: Do dengue clássico, 83,3% tiveram alterações de aspartato aminotransferase (AST e 69,6% alterações para alanino aminotransferase (ALT. No dengue hemorrágico grau I, AST elevou-se 100% e para ALT 83,3%. No dengue hemorrágico grau II observou-se 100% de alterações tanto para AST, quanto para ALT. A variação de AST ficou entre 22,0 e 907,0 com média de 164,6. A alanino aminotransferase variou entre 25,0 e 867,0 com média de 166,07. Houve significância entre formas clínicas do dengue e marcadores de função hepática. CONCLUSÕES: Conclui-se que a infecção predominou em adultos do sexo feminino, de baixa renda e escolaridade. As enzimas hepáticas elevam-se mais no dengue hemorrágico, fraca evidência estatística entre as manifestações clínicas e as transaminases. Os mais prevalentes sinais/sintomas clínicos foram febre, cefaléia, mialgia, artralgia, fraqueza, dor retrorbitária e exantema.

  15. Potencial evocado auditivo para diagnóstico de surdez em gato com síndrome vestibular periférica

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    M.I.P. Palumbo

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Potencial evocado auditivo é um método eletrodiagnóstico que permite avaliação funcional das vias auditivas desde a orelha média até o tronco encefálico. O uso desse teste em medicina veterinária é pouco difundido no Brasil. O presente artigo relata o uso do potencial evocado auditivo para detecção de deficiência auditiva unilateral em um gato com síndrome vestibular periférica secundária a otite média.

  16. Correlação entre os achados estroboscópicos, perceptivo-auditivos e acústicos em adultos sem queixa vocal Correlation among stroboscopic, perceptual and acoustic analysis findings in adult subjects without vocal complaint

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    Vera Regina Corazza

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Os grandes avanços na compreensão da fisiologia vocal e o desenvolvimento científico e tecnológico na área de voz permitiram transpor o limite terapêutico através dos meios para a detecção precoce de alterações vocais. OBJETIVO: Avaliar indivíduos sem queixa vocal e correlacionar possíveis achados telelaringo-estroboscópicos, perceptivo-auditivos e acústicos. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Observacional coorte com corte transversal. CASUÍSTICA E MÉTODO: Foram avaliados 21 indivíduos do sexo masculino, com idade variando de 20 a 50 e mediana de 33 anos, sem queixas vocais, que não faziam uso de tabaco nem de destilados. Os sujeitos foram submetidos às avaliações telelaringo-estroboscópica, perceptivo-auditiva e acústica da voz. RESULTADOS: Do total de sujeitos avaliados, 57,15% apresentaram alteração em uma ou mais das avaliações realizadas. À telelaringo-estroboscopia, observou-se fenda vocal triangular posterior em 4 sujeitos. Dez apresentaram alteração na análise perceptivo-auditiva, observando-se os seguintes parâmetros: instabilidade, rouquidão e soprosidade, todos em grau discreto. Na avaliação da ressonância, três apresentaram cada foco hipernasal, cul de sac e laringo-faríngea. A avaliação acústica apresentou as seguintes médias: f0 - 125,69 Hz; jitter - 0,22%; shimmer - 3,06%; NNE -12,29 dB; HNR - 20,75 dB; freqüência do tremor - 2,09 Hz; amplitude do tremor - 1,16 Hz. Alguns sujeitos apresentaram valores de shimmer% e freqüência do tremor maiores do que a média. CONCLUSÃO: Foram detectadas alterações em 57,15% das avaliações realizadas em indivíduos sem queixas vocais. Esses achados podem ser indicativos de uma variação da normalidade ou representar uma predisposição a alterações glóticas e vocais que, com o passar do tempo, podem desenvolver-se. Em todas as avaliações alteradas houve alteração de parâmetro acústico.The great progress in understanding the vocal physiology and the

  17. A natureza da performance instrumental e sua avaliação no vestibular em música

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    Cecília Cavalieri França

    2000-10-01

    Full Text Available A natureza abstrata da música pode tornar a avaliação do fazer musical por demais subjetiva – se não arbitrária. Desenvolvimentos acadêmicos mais recentes nas áreas de filosofia e psicologia da educação musical podem iluminar essa tarefa, oferecendo parâmetros de avaliação mais consistentes. O Modelo Espiral de Desenvolvimento Musical (SWANWICK e TILLMAN, 1986 constitui um parâmetro de avaliação musicalmente, psicologicamente e cientificamente válido. Um estudo piloto realizado durante o Vestibular 2000 na Escola de Música da UFMG revela que os critérios derivados do Modelo Espiral contribuem para explicitar as bases de avaliação dos candidatos e aponta para um possível consenso a respeito do nível de realização musical esperado dos candidatos ao Curso de Graduação em Piano.

  18. Processamento cognitivo e equilíbrio corporal em idosos com disfunção vestibular Cognitive processing and body balance in elderly subjects with vestibular dysfunction

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    Giovanna Cristina dos Santos Caixeta

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Idosos com disfunção vestibular crônica podem apresentar alteração do equilíbrio corporal e disfunção cognitiva. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a relação entre o processamento cognitivo e o equilíbrio corporal de idosos com vestibulopatia periférica crônica. Forma de Estudo: Transversal. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: O estudo incluiu 76 pacientes (> 60 anos, com disfunção vestibular periférica crônica, com queixa de tontura há mais de três meses. Os testes utilizados para investigar o equilíbrio corporal foram: Berg Balance Scale (BBS, Dynamic Gait Index (DGI, Timed Up and Go Test (TUGT e Timed Up Go Test modificado (TUGTm e para a avaliação cognitiva utilizou-se Mini Exame do Estado Mental (MEEM, Teste do Relógio (TR e Teste de Fluência Verbal (FV. RESULTADOS: A média etária dos pacientes foi de 69,03 anos (DP=6,21 anos, sendo a maioria feminina (82,9%. Observou-se correlação negativa significante entre o MEEM e TUGT (ρ=-0,312; p=0,01, MEEM e TUGTm (ρ=-0,306; p=0,01, FV e TUGT (ρ=-0,346; p=0,01 e FV e TUGTm (ρ=-0,536; p=0,01; e correlação positiva significante entre TR e BBS (ρ=0,343; p=0,01, TR e DGI (ρ=0,298; p=0,01, FV e BBS (ρ=0,299; p=0,01, e FV e DGI (ρ=0,306; p=0,01. CONCLUSÃO: Idosos com vestibulopatia periférica crônica com pior desempenho no equilíbrio corporal funcional apresentam prejuízo nas habilidades cognitivas.Abnormal body balance and cognitive dysfunction may develop in elderly patients with chronic vestibular dysfunction. AIM: To evaluate the relationship between cognitive processing and body balance in elderly patients with chronic peripheral vestibular disease. Type of Study: Cross-sectional. METHODS: Seventy-six patients (> 60 years with chronic peripheral vestibular dysfunction and dizziness for more than three months were enrolled. The tests for investigating body balance were: the Berg Balance Scale (BBS, Dynamic Gait Index (DGI, Timed Up and Go Test (TUGT Timed Up and Go Test modified (TUGTm; the

  19. Achados clínico patológicos durante um surto de disenteria de inverno em bovinos no Rio Grande do Sul Clinic pathological features during a winter dysentery outbreak in cattle in Rio Grande do Sul

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    Saulo Petinatti Pavarini

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Descreve-se um surto de disenteria de inverno que afetou 10 vacas leiteiras de uma propriedade localizada em Viamão, Rio Grande do Sul. O quadro clínico caracterizou-se por uma diarréia inicialmente líquida esverdeada com estrias de sangue e muco, evoluindo, em alguns animais, para uma diarréia de coloração marrom escura à sanguinolenta, que persistiu, em média, cinco dias. Drástica diminuição na produção de leite e no consumo de alimentos, além de graus variados de depressão também foram observados. Apenas um dos 10 animais afetados morreu. Durante a necropsia, observaram-se mucosas pálidas, conteúdo sanguinolento com presença de grande quantidade de coágulos, principalmente no cólon espiral e petéquias na mucosa do cólon. Os principais achados histológicos foram encontradas no cólon espiral, onde havia criptas dilatadas, sem epitélio de revestimento ou revestidas por epitélio pavimentoso e/ou cuboidal, por vezes com núcleos grandes e nucléolos proeminentes. Algumas criptas eram preenchidas por debris necróticos e polimorfonucleares. Na imuno-histoquímica com anticorpo monoclonal para coronavírus bovino (8F2 em cortes do cólon espiral, havia marcações positivas no citoplasma de enterócitos das criptas, nos debris necróticos destas e em macrófagos na lâmina própria.The report describes a winter dysentery outbreak that affected 10 dairy cows from a ranch located in the county of Viamão, Rio Grande do Sul. The most significant clinical sign was profuse and watery diarrhea, which ranged from a greenish to a brownish coloration and from occasional blood streaks with mucus to a bloody diarrhea. Most cases persisted for 5 days and also included depression, drastic decrease in milk production and in food consumption. Only one of the affected animals died. The necropsy revealed pale mucosa and sanguineous content with high quantity of blood clots, particularly within the spiral colon, and petechiae on the

  20. Dificuldades de compreensão de textos em situação de vestibular = Difficulties relates to text understanding in vestibular examination

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    Adair Vieira Gonçalves

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho é pautado na concepção de leitura como forma de interação sujeitos/texto/contexto e destina-se a discutir algumas perspectivas de leitura textual, bem como apresentar uma visão de alguns documentos oficiais e órgãos de pesquisa da educação. Na parte analítica, objetiva-se investigar uma questão da prova de Língua Portuguesa do vestibular de 2008 da Unicamp, articulando o comando da pergunta, a sugestão de resposta elaborada pela banca examinadora e seis respostas emitidas por candidatos. A fim de mapear as dificuldades de compreensão de alunos apresentadas nas respostas de uma questão envolvendo a leitura de um exemplar do gênero tirinha, a pesquisa pauta-se na no conceito de sistemas de conhecimentos da Linguística Textual: conhecimentos linguísticos, enciclopédicos e interacionais. A análise do corpus demonstra a relevância de uma leitura baseada na funcionalidade do gênero tirinha e no acionamento dos conhecimentos linguísticos, enciclopédicos e interacionais pressupostos não somente no texto da tira, mas também na textualidade do comando da questão do vestibular.This study is based on the concept of reading as a way of interaction among subjects/text/context. It aims at discussing some perspectives of textual reading as well as to present a view of some official documents and educational research institutions. In the analytical part, it aims at investigating one question from the Portuguese Test of 'Vestibular' from 2008 at Unicamp University, articulating the command of the question to the suggestion of answer elaborated by the examiners and six answers given by the candidates. In order to map the students difficulties of comprehension presented in the answersinvolving reading of an excerpt of Comic Strip genre, the research is based on the concept of knowledge systems of Textual Linguistics: linguistics knowledge, encyclopedic and interactional. Thus, the analysis demonstrates the relevance of

  1. Proposta de um protocolo para reabilitação vestibular em vestibulopatias periféricas

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    Adriana Roberta Degressi Rogatto

    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.

  2. Fibrose maciça progressiva em trabalhadores expostos à sílica: achados na tomografia computadorizada de alta resolução Progressive massive fibrosis in silica-exposed workers: high-resolution computed tomography findings

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    Ângela Santos Ferreira

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar as características radiológicas das massas conglomeradas pela tomografia computadorizada de alta resolução de tórax. MÉTODOS: Foram selecionados 75 pacientes silicóticos, a maioria jateadores de areia, portadores de fibrose maciça progressiva, atendidos no Hospital Universitário Antônio Pedro entre 1986 e 2004. Os pacientes foram submetidos a avaliação clínica, radiografia simples de tórax e tomografia computadorizada de alta resolução. RESULTADOS: Mais da metade dos pacientes com silicose complicada mostrou na radiografia de tórax grandes opacidades dos tipos B e C, denotando a gravidade da doença nesses pacientes. Dos 75 casos, apenas um apresentou massa unilateral simulando câncer de pulmão. Quarenta e quatro pacientes realizaram tomografia computadorizada de alta resolução do tórax. As massas predominaram nos terços superiores e posteriores (88,6%. Broncograma aéreo e calcificações no interior das massas foram observados em 70,4% e 63,8% dos casos, respectivamente. História de tuberculose foi relatada em 52% dos pacientes estudados. CONCLUSÃO: Na grande maioria dos casos as massas eram bilaterais, predominando nas regiões póstero-superiores dos pulmões, com broncogramas aéreos e calcificações de permeio. Associação com calcificações linfonodais foi um achado freqüente. A exposição a elevadas concentrações de poeira e a tuberculose foram consideradas fatores de risco para o desenvolvimento da fibrose maciça progressiva.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the radiological characteristics of conglomerate masses using high-resolution computed tomography of the chest. METHODS: From among the patients treated between 1986 and 2004 at the Antonio Pedro University Hospital, 75 patients with silicosis and massive fibrosis, most working in the field of sandblasting, were selected for study. These patients were submitted to a clinical evaluation, chest X-ray and high-resolution computed tomography of

  3. Análise crítica dos resultados da reabilitação vestibular em relação à etiologia da tontura Critical analysis of vestibular rehabilitation outcome according to dizziness etiology

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    Roseli Saraiva Moreira Bittar

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available A reabilitação vestibular (RV é uma ótima opção terapêutica para tratamento dos pacientes vestibulopatas. Contudo, mesmo quando bem conduzida, algumas vezes não surte os efeitos propostos. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a resposta de pacientes submetidos à RV em relação às etiologias apresentadas. Forma de Estudo: Retrospectivo descritivo. PACIENTES E MÉTODO: Analisamos pacientes que concluíram a RV e tinham diagnóstico entre janeiro de 2002 e dezembro de 2004. Dividimos os pacientes em três grupos, de acordo com a resposta à RV e os comparamos em relação às etiologias. RESULTADOS: Observamos 13 casos sem melhora com a RV, 24 com melhora parcial e 22 com remissão dos sintomas. As etiologias encontradas foram cervical, trauma, metabólica, central, transtornos da ansiedade e do humor, doença auto-imune, intolerância ortostática. A etiologia metabólica apresentou evolução significativamente melhor do que as demais. CONCLUSÃO: Quando associada à adequada correção etiológica, a RV é uma ótima opção no tratamento das vestibulopatias.Vestibular rehabilitation (VR is an excellent therapy for dizziness patients. However, despite well managed, sometimes results are not suitable. AIM: evaluate VR outcome between patients according to dizziness etiology. Study design: Retrospective review of medical records. METHOD: Patients’ records were analyzed between January 2002 and December 2004. As for inclusion criteria, patients should have had finished VR therapy and an established diagnosis. Patients were included in three VR outcome groups and compared according to etiology. RESULTS: according to VR outcome 13 patients had no improvement, 24 had partial improvement and 22 complete improvement. The main etiologies were cervical syndrome, trauma, metabolic disorders, central nervous system disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, autoimmune disease and orthostatic intolerance. Patients with metabolic disorders showed better VR outcome than

  4. Alterações renais clínico-laboratoriais em pacientes com a síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida em relação aos achados anatomopatológicos

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    Laguna-Torres Victor Alberto

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Foram estudadas as alterações renais, tanto clínicas como anatomopatológicas, em 119 indivíduos com a síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida no Hospital Escola da Faculdade de Medicina do Triângulo Mineiro, Uberaba, MG. A média das idades foi de 33 ± 10,4 anos (variando de 18 a 67 anos. Predominaram a cor branca (59% e o sexo masculino (80%. Procedência: 90% de Uberaba e região. Havia 59 (50% heterossexuais, 25 (21% homossexuais, 17 (14% bissexuais e 18 (15% sem dados conhecidos. Havia 43% usuários de drogas intravenosas. Catorze (12,2% casos apresentavam creatininemia acima de 3mg/dl nos 10 dias antes do óbito, destes encontrou-se necrose tubular aguda em 64%. Em 71 (61% pacientes encontrou-se hiponatremia e 8 (7% exibiram hipernatremia. Houve 28 (24% com hipocalemia e 8 (7% com hipercalemia. Doze pacientes tinham proteinúria de 24 horas elevada, sendo 7 acima de 1g/24h. Dois pacientes apresentaram glomeruloesclerose segmentar focal, sendo que um deles apresentou proteinúria de 5,5g/24h e creatinemia de 1,5mg/dl, sem edema. Na maioria (56% dos casos, encontrou-se nefrite túbulo-intersticial. As alterações glomerulares foram relativamente raras em tanto que as lesões túbulo-intersticiais foram muito freqüentes, principalmente a nefrite túbulo intersticial e a necrose tubular aguda. Nem sempre se pode observar uma correlação anatomoclínica pois, muitas vezes, a alteração foi predominantemente funcional, especialmente nas hidroeletrolíticas.

  5. Clinical, neuroimaging and cytogenetic findings in 20 patients with corpus callosum dysgenesis Achados clínicos, citogenéticos e de neuroimagem em 20 pacientes com disgenesia do corpo caloso

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    Anna Cláudia Evangelista dos Santos

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available Twenty children with corpus callosum agenesis or hypoplasia were evaluated under a standardized investigation protocol. Psychomotor retardation, seizures, and craniofacial anomalies were the most prominent findings. There were three cases of chromosomal anomalies, all of them representing trisomy of chromosome 8.Vinte pacientes com disgenesia do corpo caloso foram avaliados através de um protocolo padronizado. Retardo neuropsicomotor, convulsões e dismorfias faciais foram os achados mais proeminentes. Três casos de anomalia cromossômica foram observados, todos representados por trissomia do cromossomo 8.

  6. Tuberculose pulmonar: achados na tomografia computadorizada de alta resolução do tórax em pacientes com doença em atividade comprovada bacteriologicamente Pulmonary tuberculosis: findings on high resolution computerized tomography of active disease on patients with bacteriological confirmation

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    CRISTIANE ALÓ CAMPOS

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Descrever os achados em pacientes com tuberculose pulmonar em atividade na tomografia computadorizada de alta resolução e o padrão de distribuição das lesões pelo parênquima pulmonar. Casuística e método: Foram analisadas retrospectivamente as tomografias de alta resolução de 42 pacientes com diagnóstico bacteriológico de tuberculose pulmonar ou forte suspeita clínica, com posterior confirmação bacteriológica. Resultados: Os principais sinais sugestivos de atividade encontrados foram nódulos do espaço aéreo (83%, nódulos centrolobulares (74%, aspecto de árvore em brotamento (67%, cavitações (67%, espessamento das paredes brônquicas (55%, consolidações (48%, opacidade em vidro fosco (21%, e espessamento do interstício pulmonar (9%. Conclusão: A tomografia computadorizada de alta resolução do tórax pode sugerir fortemente atividade da doença, sendo particularmente útil nos pacientes com baciloscopias negativas e/ou radiografias indeterminadas, permitindo a instituição de tratamento adequado, antes mesmo do crescimento da micobactéria em meio de cultura.Background: The aim of this study was to describe the signs of active tuberculosis in patients submitted to high resolution computerized tomography and the distribution of lesions along the pulmonary parenchyma. Material and methods: The high resolution CTs performed on 42 patients with tuberculosis either bacteriologically diagnosed or clinical suspected and later confirmed by bacteriological tests were studied. Results: The signs of disease activity observed were airspace nodule (83%, centrilobular nodule (74%, tree-in-bud pattern (67%, cavitations (67%, bronchial thickening (55%, parenchymal consolidations (48%, ground glass opacity (21% and thickening of the inter and intralobular septa (9%. Conclusion: High resolution computed tomography can be strongly suggestive of disease activity, is particularly helpful in patients with negative smear and

  7. Remodelação da tábua óssea vestibular em implantes imediatos e em alvéolos pós-extração, utilizando cirurgias sem retalho, com ou sem biomaterial. Estudo comparativo em cães

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    Flavia Adelino Suaid

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    Recentes estudos em animais tem demonstrado pronunciada reabsorção da tábua óssea vestibular, após a colocação de implantes imediatos. A realização de cirurgias sem retalho para a colocação de implantes imediatos, e a utilização de enxertos ósseos nos gaps, representam alternativas viáveis para minimizar a reabsorção da tábua óssea vestibular e, dessa forma, otimizar a osseointegração. O presente trabalho se propôs a investigar a remodelação da tábua óssea vestibular, associada ou não ao enxe...

  8. Prevalência das alterações metabólicas em pacientes portadores de queixas vestibulares Prevalency of metabolic disorders in dizzy patients

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    Roseli Saraiva Moreira Bittar

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available FORMA DE ESTUDO: Clínico prospectivo. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Os autores avaliam a prevalência de alterações metabólicas em 325 pacientes que procuraram o Setor de Otoneurologia do Hospital das Clínicas da FMUSP com queixas vestibulares. Os pacientes foram consecutivamente atendidos entre janeiro de 1997 e janeiro de 2002. Foram avaliados os primeiros exames referentes ao protocolo clássico de investigação das tonturas, que compreende a dosagem de LDL colesterol, TSH, T3 e T4 e glicemia de jejum. As alterações encontradas foram então comparadas às observadas na população geral. As alterações mais significativas encontradas foram a elevação dos níveis de LDL colesterol, a presença de níveis alterados de hormônios tireoideanos e a maior freqüência do diabetes mellitus na população estudada. CONCLUSÃO: Conclui-se que é válida a investigação destes dados, visto que são mais freqüentes na população de risco e que a correta abordagem dessas alterações melhora o prognóstico e o controle da tontura.STUDY DESIGN: Clinical prospective. MATERIAL AND METHOD:The authors evaluated the prevalence of metabolic disorders among 325 patients with vestibular symptoms investigated by the Otoneurology Section, Otolaryngology Department of Hospital das Clínicas, Medical School, University of São Paulo. The patients were evaluated from January 1997 to January 2002, by a standard protocol which included, among other items, fast glucose levels, cholesterol, triglycerides and thyroid hormones, performed in the same laboratory. The results were compared to a standard population. Results showed higher levels of fast glucose, alteration in the thyroid hormones and also higher prevalence of diabetes in the studied population. CONCLUSION: The otolaryngologist should include the investigation of such medical problems in the routine evaluation in order to reverse them and to obtain better results in management of vestibular disorders.

  9. Peripheral Vestibular System Disease in Vestibular Schwannomas

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    Møller, Martin Nue; Hansen, Søren; Caye-Thomasen, Per

    2015-01-01

    with VS. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of vestibular system histopathology in temporal bones from 17 patients with unilateral VS. The material was obtained from The Copenhagen Temporal Bone Collection. RESULTS: Vestibular schwannomas were associated with atrophy of the vestibular ganglion, loss of fiber...... density of the peripheral vestibular nerve branches, and atrophy of the neuroepithelium of the vestibular end organs. In cases with small tumors, peripheral disease occurred only in the tissue structures innervated by the specific nerve from which the tumor originated. CONCLUSION: Vestibular schwannomas...... are associated with distinctive disease of the peripheral vestibular tissue structures, suggesting anterograde degeneration and that dizziness in these patients may be caused by deficient peripheral vestibular nerve fibers, neurons, and end organs. In smaller tumors, a highly localized disease occurs, which...

  10. Hamartoma fibrolipomatoso e macrodistrofia lipomatosa: análise dos achados clínicos e de imagem em quatro casos, com revisão da literatura Fibrolipomatous hamartoma and macrodystrophia lipomatosa: imaging and clinical data analysis of four cases and review of the literature

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    Rafael Darahem de Souza Coelho

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available O hamartoma fibrolipomatoso neural e a macrodistrofia lipomatosa são doenças raras, com achados de imagem característicos. Radiografias simples, estudos de ressonância magnética e prontuários médicos de quatro pacientes foram revisados. Em um paciente, foi realizada cirurgia com confirmação histopatológica. Em três pacientes, os achados clínicos e de imagem foram considerados suficientes para o diagnóstico. Descrevemos dois casos de macrodistrofia lipomatosa isolada, um caso de hamartoma fibrolipomatoso do nervo mediano e um caso de coexistência das duas condições. As radiografias simples, nos casos de macrodistrofia lipomatosa, mostraram aumento difuso de partes moles e estruturas ósseas, com estrias radiotransparentes entremeadas às fibras musculares. Os dois casos de hamartoma fibrolipomatoso ocorreram no nervo mediano, com achados, à ressonância magnética, de fascículos nervosos espessados com baixo sinal nas imagens ponderadas em T1 e T2, com infiltração homogênea de gordura entre estes, aparecendo com alto sinal em T1 e baixo sinal em T2 com saturação de gordura. O aspecto do nervo aos cortes axiais é de "cabo coaxial". Nota-se extensão para a ramificação dos nervos, aspecto típico desta lesão. As características de imagem da macrodistrofia lipomatosa e do hamartoma fibrolipomatoso neural, principalmente pela ressonância magnética, permitiram o diagnóstico preciso destas condições freqüentemente coexistentes.Fibrolipomatous hamartoma of nerve and macrodystrophia lipomatosa are rare conditions that present characteristic imaging findings. The plain films, magnetic resonance imaging studies and medical records of four patients were reviewed. The lesion was resected in one patient allowing histological confirmation of the diagnosis. Diagnosis was based on imaging and clinical findings in three patients who had unavailable biopsy data. We describe two cases of isolated macrodystrophia lipomatosa, one

  11. Vestibular function after acute vestibular neuritis

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    Halmagyi, G M; Weber, K P; Curthoys, I S

    2010-01-01

    PURPOSE: To review the extent and mechanism of the recovery of vestibular function after sudden, isolated, spontaneous, unilateral loss of most or all peripheral vestibular function - usually called acute vestibular neuritis. METHODS: Critical review of published literature and personal experience. RESULTS: The symptoms and signs of acute vestibular neuritis are vertigo, vomiting, nystagmus with ipsiversive slow-phases, ipsiversive lateropulsion and ocular tilt reaction (the static symptoms) ...

  12. Vestibular function after vestibular neuritis.

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    Manzari, L; Burgess, A M; MacDougall, H G; Curthoys, I S

    2013-10-01

    To measure horizontal semicircular canal function over days, weeks, and months after an acute attack of vestibular neuritis. The video head impulse test (vHIT) was used to measure the eye movement response to small unpredictable passive head turns at intervals after the attack. Two patients diagnosed with acute right unilateral vestibular neuritis. There was full restoration of horizontal canal function in one patient (A) as shown by the return of the slow phase eye velocity response to unpredictable head turns, while in the other patient (B) there was little or no recovery of horizontal canal function. Instead this second patient generated covert saccades during head turns. Despite the objective evidence of their very different recovery patterns, both patients reported, at the final test, being happy and feeling well recovered, even though in one of the patients there was clear absence of horizontal canal function. The results indicate covert saccades seem a successful way of compensating for loss of horizontal canal function after unilateral vestibular neuritis. Factors other than recovery of the slow phase eye velocity are significant for patient recovery.

  13. Vestibular function after acute vestibular neuritis.

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    Halmagyi, G M; Weber, K P; Curthoys, I S

    2010-01-01

    To review the extent and mechanism of the recovery of vestibular function after sudden, isolated, spontaneous, unilateral loss of most or all peripheral vestibular function - usually called acute vestibular neuritis. Critical review of published literature and personal experience. The symptoms and signs of acute vestibular neuritis are vertigo, vomiting, nystagmus with ipsiversive slow-phases, ipsiversive lateropulsion and ocular tilt reaction (the static symptoms) and impairment of vestibulo-ocular reflexes from the ipsilesional semicircular canals on impulsive testing (the dynamic symptoms). Peripheral vestibular function might not improve and while static symptoms invariably resolve, albeit often not totally, dynamic symptoms only improve slightly if at all. The persistent loss of balance that some patients experience after acute vestibular neuritis can be due to inadequate central compensation or to incomplete peripheral recovery and vestibular rehabilitation has a role in the treatment of both.

  14. [Inferior vestibular neuritis].

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    Alzuphar, Stephen Jacques; Maire, Raphaël

    2017-10-04

    Inferior vestibular neuritis is a rare form of acute peripheral vestibular loss that only implies the lesion of the inferior vestibular nerve. The diagnosis is based on the observation of a spontaneous downbeating nystagmus, pathological head impulse test for the posterior semicircular canal and abnormal cervical vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials. Bithermal caloric testing and head impulse test for horizontal and anterior canals are normal, as well as the ocular vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials. The differential diagnosis of inferior vestibular neuritis includes the various central lesions that produce vertical down beating nystagmus (posterior fossa) and a cerebral magnetic resonance imaging is mandatory.

  15. Vestibular seriado: análise de uma experiência em Santa Catarina College entrance exams in series: analysis of an experiment in Santa Catarina

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    Ana Maria Silveira Schlichting

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available O Sistema de Avaliação do Ensino Médio (SAEM, instaurado pela Associação Catarinense das Fundações Educacionais (ACAFE, tem como um de seus objetivos disponibilizar uma proposta alternativa para selecionar candidatos à universidade. Por meio deste artigo, que sintetiza e analisa parte de uma pesquisa da qual resultou uma dissertação de mestrado, procuraremos contribuir para que esta experiência desencadeada em Santa Catarina seja incorporada à agenda de discussões que atualmente cercam o acesso ao ensino superior no Brasil, fazendo uma interface com o debate no contexto da Psicologia Social e da Orientação Profissional (OP. Para tanto, partimos de uma contextualização do SAEM, abordando brevemente sua gênese e seus congêneres para, em seguida, visualizá-lo como: fonte de informação; pré-vestibular; ritual de passagem e/ou barreira ritualizada; meio ou não de escolha profissional; estratégia de seletividade social e escolar e meio de democratização do ensino. À guisa de conclusão, levantamos alguns questionamentos e apontamos algumas saídas no contexto do tema intervenções na educação, onde o vestibular seriado pode ser visto como uma estratégia de que dispõe o ensino público, para melhor instrumentalizar os alunos com vistas à sua inserção em diversas instâncias da vida social.One of the objectives of the High School Evaluation System (SAEM established by the Santa Catarina Association of Educational Foundations (ACAFE is to present an alternative proposal to select college students. This article, which synthesizes and analyzes part of a study that resulted in a Masters dissertation, seeks to make this experiment undertaken in Santa Catarina State a contribution to current discussions about access to higher education in Brazil. The paper analyzes the debate in the context of Social Psychology and Professional Guidance. To do so, it places SAEM in context, briefly considering its genesis and its congeners

  16. Aelurostrongylus abstrusus induced pneumonia in cats: pathological and epidemiological findings of 38 cases (1987-1996/ Pneumonia induzida por Aelurostrongylus abstrusus em gatos: achados patológicos e epidemiológicos de 38 casos (1987-1996

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    Selwyn Arlington Headley

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available A retrospective study was designed to obtain epidemiological information and describe the main histological alterations of Aelurostrongylus abstrusus induced pneumonia in cats submitted for routine necropsy during 1987-1996 at the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM, Santa Maria, Brazil. Prevalence varied from 5.9 to 25%, sexual predominance was not observed, infestation was more predominant in younger than in older cats, and only domestic short hair cats were diagnosed positive for A. abstrusus. Granulomatous pneumonia and hyperplasia and hypertrophy of the smooth muscles of pulmonary arteries and parenchyma were the predominant histological lesions observed, and occurred more frequently in cats that were less than 4 years old. The pathogenesis of the histological alterations is also described.Um estudo retrospectivo foi realizado para obter-se dados epidemiológicos e descrever as principais alterações histológicas na pneumonia induzida por Aelurostrongylus abstrusus em gatos submetidos para necropsia de rotina durante 1987-1996 na Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM, Santa Maria, Brasil. A prevalência variou entre 5,9 a 25%, predominância sexual não foi observada, a infestação foi predominante em gatos jovens em relação aos velhos e somente gatos sem raça definida foram diagnosticados como positivos para a infestação por A. abstrusus. A pneumonia granulomatosa e a hiperplasia e hipertrofia da musculatura lisa das artérias pulmonares e no parenquima pulmonar foram as alterações histológicas predominantes e ocorreram mais frequentemente em gatos com menos de quatro anos de idade. A patogenia das alterações histológicas também é discutida.

  17. Experimental lamellar keratoplasty in rabbits using microfibrilar cellulose membrane: clinical, morphological and immunohistochemical findings Ceratoplastia lamelar experimental em coelhos usando membrana microfibrilar de celulose: achados clínicos, morfológicos e imunoistoquímicos

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    Luciana Riacciardi Macedo

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available The clinical, histopathological and immunohistochemical features of the cornea were investigated in adult male New Zealand rabbits submitted to lamellar keratoplasty with microfibrillar cellulose membrane. Thirty animals were divided into five groups (n=6 and evaluated up to 60 days after surgery. Clinical examination revealed moderate manifestations of edema, blepharospasm and photophobia on the second day, which became mild or disappeared after the seventh day. This period was characterized clinically by repair of the corneal defect. Histopathological analysis showed the presence of a thin layer of squamous cells covering the damaged area as early as 7th day, accompanied by a mild infiltrate of polymorphonuclear cells. Blood vessels were observed in the epithelium after the 15th day, which had regressed by day 48. Ki67 antibody labeling showed an increase of proliferating cells in the epithelium by the 15th day and in the stroma by day 30. Remodeling and epithelial adhesion were observed during this period. Microfibrillar cellulose membrane (Bionext® used for lamellar keratoplasty was found to yield good results considering the good integration of the implant.Avaliaram-se aspectos clínicos, histopatógicos e imunoistoquímicos da córnes de coelhos da raça Nova Zelândia adultos e machos em ceratoplastias lamelares com membrana de celulose microfibrilar. Trinta animais distribuídos em cinco grupos (n=6 foram estudados por até 60 dias de pós-operatório. A avaliação clínica revelou manifestações moderadas de edema, blefaroespasmo e fotofobia ao segundo dia, evoluindo para formas discretas ou ausentes a partir do sétimo dia, período em que se observou, clinicamente, reparo do defeito corneal. A histopatologia revelou uma fina camada de células escamosas, recobrindo a área lesada já aos sete dias, com discreto infiltrado de células polimorfonucleares. Observaram-se vasos no epitélio a partir do 15o dia, com regressão ao 48o dia

  18. Neurophysiology of vestibular rehabilitation.

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    Hain, Timothy C

    2011-01-01

    The vestibular system is a sophisticated human control system. Accurate processing of sensory input about rapid head and postural motion is critical. Not surprisingly, the body uses multiple, partially redundant sensory inputs and motor outputs, combined with a very competent central repair capability. The system as a whole can adapt to substantial peripheral vestibular dysfunction. The Achilles' heel of the vestibular system is a relative inability to repair central vestibular dysfunction.

  19. Neurophysiology of vestibular rehabilitation

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    Hain Timothy, C.

    2011-01-01

    The vestibular system is a sophisticated human control system. Accurate processing of sensory input about rapid head and postural motion is critical. Not surprisingly, the body uses multiple, partially redundant sensory inputs and motor outputs, combined with a very competent central repair capability. The system as a whole can adapt to substantial peripheral vestibular dysfunction. The Achilles' heel of the vestibular system is a relative inability to repair central vestibular dysfunction.

  20. Renal involvement in human rabies: clinical manifestations and autopsy findings of nine cases from northeast of Brazil Envolvimento renal na raiva em humanos: manifestações clínicas e achados de autópsia de nove casos do nordeste do Brasil

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    Elizabeth De Francesco Daher

    2005-12-01

    (50% foi encontrada evidência de insuficiência renal aguda, definida como creatinina > 1.4 mg/dL. Os achados de autópsia do tecido renal foram congestão glomerular leve a moderada e congestão capilar peritubular leve a intensa. Necrose tubular aguda foi encontrada em dois casos. Estes achados são inespecíficos, de modo que a instabilidade hemodinâmica, causada por disfunção autonômica, hidrofobia e desidratação podem ser considerados como responsáveis pela insuficiência renal aguda na raiva.

  1. Correlação dos achados tomográficos com parâmetros de função pulmonar na fibrose pulmonar idiopática em não fumantes Correlation of tomographic findings with pulmonary function parameters in nonsmoking patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Agnaldo José Lopes

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Correlacionar os achados tomográficos com os parâmetros de função pulmonar em portadores de fibrose pulmonar idiopática (FPI. MÉTODOS: Foi realizado um estudo de corte transversal, em que foram avaliados 30 pacientes não tabagistas, portadores de FPI. Utilizando um sistema de escore semiquantitativo, os seguintes achados na tomografia computadorizada de alta resolução (TCAR foram quantificados: extensão total da doença intersticial (Tot, infiltrado reticular e faveolamento (Ret+Fav, e opacidade em vidro fosco (Vif. As variáveis funcionais foram mensuradas através de espirometria, técnica de oscilações forçadas (TOF, método da diluição com hélio e método da respiração única para medir a capacidade de difusão do monóxido de carbono (DLCO. RESULTADOS: Dos 30 pacientes estudados, 18 eram mulheres e 12 eram homens, com média de idade de 70,9 anos. Foram encontradas correlações significativas de Tot e Ret+Fav com as medidas de capacidade vital forçada (CVF, capacidade pulmonar total (CPT, DLCO e complacência dinâmica do sistema respiratório (correlações negativas, e de Vif com volume residual/CPT (correlação positiva. A relação fluxo expiratório forçado entre 25 e 75% da CVF/CVF (FEF25-75%/CVF correlacionou-se positivamente com Tot, Ret+Fav e Vif. CONCLUSÕES: Em portadores de FPI, as medidas de volume, difusão e complacência dinâmica são as variáveis fisiológicas que melhor refletem a extensão da doença intersticial na TCAR.OBJECTIVE: To correlate tomographic findings with pulmonary function parameters in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out, in which 30 nonsmoking patients with IPF were evaluated. Using a semiquantitative scoring system, the following high-resolution computerized tomography (HRCT findings were quantified: total interstitial disease (TID, reticular abnormality/honeycombing, and ground-glass opacity (GGO. The

  2. Glioma de nervo óptico: achados neuro-oftalmológicos em paciente com neurofibromatose tipo I Optic nerve glioma: neuro-ophthalmologic findings in a patient with neurofibromatosis type I

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    Marco Túlio Chater Viegas

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo relata o caso de uma criança do sexo feminino, de nove anos de idade, com história de proptose e baixa acuidade visual progressiva. Ao exame oftalmológico apresentava: acuidade visual com a melhor correção 20/20 em olho direito e percepção de luz à esquerda; biomicroscopia sem alterações nos dois olhos; com hipofunção dos músculos reto superior esquerdo e oblíquo inferior esquerdo; exotropia e hipotropia esquerda; fundoscopia à direita normal e edema de papila à esquerda. Á Tomografia Computadorizada, apresentou tumor hiperdenso, fusiforme, em trajeto do nervo óptico, sugestivo de gliose do nervo óptico.Ao exame físico constataram-se manchas " café-com-leite" em região torácica e axilar e sardas axilares, preenchendo critérios para Neurofibromatose do tipo I (doença de Von Recklinghausen.This article reports a case of a female child, nine-years old, with a history of proptosis and progressive decrease of visual acuity. At ophthalmologic exam presented: best corrected visual acuity 20/20 on the right eye and light perception on the left eye; biomicroscopic exam was normal, weakness of left superior rectus and left inferior oblique muscle, exotropia and hypotropia to the left. At indirect ophthalmoscopy exam, fundus was normal on the right eye and had left optic disc with edema. computerized tomography showed a hiperdense tumor, fusiform shape in the optic pathway, suggesting optic nerve glioma. At physical exam, it was verified " café-au-lait" spots in the thorax and armpits and axillary freckles in the region, filling criteria to neurofibromatosis type I ( Von Recklinghausen´s disease.

  3. Estudo clínico de síncope em pacientes com perdas de consciência e de tônus postural, convulsões e eletroencefalografia normal ou com achados inespecíficos para epilepsia

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    Thiago da Rocha Rodrigues

    2006-01-01

    Eletroencefalografias normais não excluem a possibilidade de epilepsias em pacientes com convulsões. Anticonvulsivantes são freqüentemente prescritos. Síncopes também podem acompanhar-se de convulsões e serem confundidas com epilepsia. Ambas as síndromes estão associadas a aumento de mortalidade. Objetivos Avaliar a proporção de pacientes encaminhados ao neurologista com convulsões, perdas de consciência, quedas e eletroencefalografias normais, que apresentem causas para síncopes. Avaliar qu...

  4. 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.

  5. The involvement of the orbitofrontal cortex in psychiatric disorders: an update of neuroimaging findings O envolvimento do cortex orbitofrontal em transtornos psiquiátricos: uma atualização dos achados de neuroimagens

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    Andrea Parolin Jackowski

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To report structural and functional neuroimaging studies exploring the potential role of the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC in the pathophysiology of the most prevalent psychiatric disorders (PD. METHOD: A non-systematic literature review was conducted by means of MEDLINE using the following terms as parameters: "orbitofrontal cortex", "schizophrenia", "bipolar disorder", "major depression", "anxiety disorders", "personality disorders" and "drug addiction". The electronic search was done up to July 2011. DISCUSSION: Structural and functional OFC abnormalities have been reported in many PD, namely schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders and drug addiction. Structural magnetic resonance imaging studies have reported reduced OFC volume in patients with schizophrenia, mood disorders, PTSD, panic disorder, cluster B personality disorders and drug addiction. Furthermore, functional magnetic resonance imaging studies using cognitive paradigms have shown impaired OFC activity in all PD listed above. CONCLUSION: Neuroimaging studies have observed an important OFC involvement in a number of PD. However, future studies are clearly needed to characterize the specific role of OFC on each PD as well as understanding its role in both normal and pathological behavior, mood regulation and cognitive functioning.OBJETIVO: Relatar estudos de neuroimagens estruturais e funcionais explorando o papel potencial do córtex orbitofrontal (COF na fisiopatologia dos transtornos psiquiátricos (TP mais prevalentes. MÉTODO: Foi realizada uma revisão não sistemática da literatura no MEDLINE, usando como parâmetros os seguintes termos: "córtex orbitofrontal", "esquizofrenia", "transtorno bipolar", "depressão maior", "transtornos ansiosos", "transtornos de personalidade" e "dependência a drogas". A pesquisa eletrônica foi feita até julho de 2011. DISCUSSÃO: Foram relatadas anormalidades estruturais e funcionais do COF em muitos

  6. Achados de laparoscopias ginecológicas realizadas em mulheres com dificuldade reprodutiva atendidas em um hospital-escola: série de casos Findings of gynecological laparoscopies in women with reproductive problems in a teaching hospital: a case series

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    Maria da Conceição Farias Souto Maior

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: descrever as características das videolaparoscopias ginecológicas realizadas em pacientes com dificuldade reprodutiva atendidas em um hospital-escola no Recife, Pernambuco. MÉTODOS: foi realizado um estudo descritivo, de base hospitalar, do tipo série de casos. As informações foram obtidas a partir dos relatórios cirúrgicos das videolaparoscopias realizadas no Instituto Materno Infantil Professor Fernando Figueira, em Recife, entre janeiro de 2000 e dezembro de 2004. O critério de inclusão foi infertilidade ou estudo pré-recanalização como indicação cirúrgica. Para análise, utilizou-se o programa estatístico Epi-Info 3.3.2. Criaram-se tabelas de medidas de tendência central e de dispersão para as variáveis quantitativas e distribuição de freqüência para as variáveis categóricas. RESULTADOS: foram analisados 462 laudos de laparoscopias, dos quais 295 (63,8% tiveram como indicação a infertilidade ou o estudo para recanalização tubária. A média de idade de ambos os grupos foi de 30 a 34 anos. Nos casos de infertilidade, os achados mais freqüentes foram aderências (60,6%, obstrução tubária (40,9% e endometriose (36,1%. Nos casos de estudo da condição tubária pré-recanalização, das 87 pacientes analisadas, 55,2% apresentavam uma ou ambas as trompas inadequadas. Dentre estas, em 52,1% foi diagnosticada amputação tubária. Os procedimentos mais realizados foram adesiólise (34,2%, biópsias (21%, tratamento da endometriose (10,8% e salpingostomia (8,1%. CONCLUSÃO: a videolaparoscopia apresenta-se como importante instrumento na pesquisa e tratamento dos casos de dificuldade reprodutiva principalmente em serviços que não dispõem de técnicas avançadas de reprodução humana.PURPOSE: to identify the main characteristics of the diagnostic and surgical gynecological laparoscopies carried out in patients with reproductive difficulties at a teaching hospital in Recife, from 2000 and 2004. METHODS: a

  7. Investigação epidemiológica de Estomatite vesicular por achados clínicos em bovinos e equinos no Estado do Maranhão

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    Roberto C.N. de Arruda

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    Full Text Available Resumo:A Estomatite Vesicular (EV é uma doença infecciosa que acomete equinos, bovinos, suínos, mamíferos silvestres e humanos. Por apresentar sinais clínicos semelhantes a outras doenças vesiculares, principalmente, febre aftosa, sua presença em determinadas regiões pode interferir no intercâmbio comercial internacional dos animais, seus produtos e subprodutos. Apesar de sua importância, a epidemiologia e a manutenção do vírus no ambiente não estão totalmente esclarecidas dificultando a aplicação de medidas de controle efetivas. A doença já foi diagnosticada em todas as regiões brasileiras. Bovinos com sialorréia, perda do epitélio lingual, lesões abertas com bordas amareladas nas gengivas, lábios, língua e mucosa oral e equinos com sialorréia e lesões abertas na mucosa oral e lábios foram observados e notificados ao Serviço Veterinário Oficial do Estado do Maranhão, Agência Estadual de Defesa Agropecuária do Maranhão (AGRD/MA. Amostras de soro de equinos e bovinos com sintomas de EV foram coletadas para investigação por ELISA e por neutralização viral, além do diagnóstico diferencial para Febre Aftosa (FA. Fragmentos epiteliais de bovinos com lesões na língua foram coletados para identificação molecular do agente. Todos os animais foram negativos para FA. Todos os bovinos e equinos foram reativos para EV nos testes sorológicos. A partir dos fragmentos epiteliais de bovinos enviados ao Instituto Biológico de São Paulo para PCR, foi possível caracterizar o agente como VesiculovirusIndiana III (Alagoas/VSAV.

  8. Achado incidental de agenesia do lobo hepático esquerdo em paciente com colecistite aguda Incidental finding of agenesis of the left hepatic lobe in a patient with acute cholecystitis

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    Bruno da Costa Martins

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Anomalias da morfologia hepática são entidades raras causadas por desenvolvimento embriológico anormal do fígado. Podem ser classificadas como anomalias devido a desenvolvimento defeituoso do fígado (agenesia, aplasia e hipoplasia ou devido ao desenvolvimento excessivo (lobos acessórios. RELATO DO CASO: Paciente de 48 anos, do sexo feminino, obesa (IMC=40, que procurou o serviço de emergência com quadro de colecistite aguda. A paciente foi submetida a colecistectomia videolaparoscópica e durante o procedimento cirúrgico foi verificada a agenesia do lobo hepático esquerdo. A vesícula biliar estava em sua topografia habitual e não havia parênquima hepático à esquerda do ligamento falciforme. A colecistectomia foi realizada sem intercorrências e uma banda gástrica foi colocada para o tratamento da obesidade mórbida. Ela recebeu alta após 60 horasINTRODUCTION: Anomalies of hepatic morphology are rare entities caused by abnormal embryological development of the liver. They can be classified as anomalies due to defective development (agenesis, aplasia or hypoplasia or anomalies due to excessive development of the liver (accessory lobes. CASE REPORT: A 48 years old obese female looked for emergency assistance with acute cholecystitis. An incidental finding of left hepatic lobe agenesis was observed when the patient was submitted to laparoscopic cholecystectomy. There was no hepatic parenchyma to the left of falciform ligament and gallbladder was settled on its normal position. Cholecystectomy was performed uneventfully and an adjustable gastric band was placed for the treatment of the morbid obesity. The patient was discharged after 60 hours.

  9. Avaliação linfocintilográfica dos linfedemas dos membros inferiores: correlação com achados clínicos em 34 pacientes Lymphoscintigraphic evaluation of lower limb lymphedema: correlation with clinical findings in 34 patients

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Correlacionar a localização das alterações clínicas de portadores de linfedema com as dos achados linfocintilográficos. MÉTODO: Foram avaliados 34 pacientes com linfedema dos membros inferiores atendidos no Setor de Linfologia da Disciplina de Cirurgia Vascular da Faculdade de Medicina do ABC. As linfocintilografias com imagens adquiridas em dois tempos - 20 minutos e 3 horas - foram analisadas quanto aos seguintes parâmetros: vasos linfáticos, refluxo dérmico, circulação colateral, linfonodos poplíteos e inguinais. Correlacionaram-se os resultados com a localização do edema no membro: grupo A (sem edema, grupo B (pé, grupo C (tornozelo, grupo D (perna e grupo E (coxa. RESULTADO: A maioria das imagens linfocintilográficas apresentou anormalidades nos vasos linfáticos e linfonodos inguinais e pouca alteração em relação aos outros parâmetros. Dos 34 pacientes, 12 apresentaram linfedema unilateral clinicamente. Destes, 11 apresentaram alteração linfocintilográfica bilateral. CONCLUSÃO: A localização do linfedema ao exame físico não correspondeu, na maioria dos casos, às alterações linfocintilográficas. Em todos os grupos, as alterações linfocintilográficas ocorreram na perna e na coxa. O exame físico do membro pode estar normal e ainda assim apresentar anormalidades na linfocintilografia.OBJECTIVE: To correlate the location of clinical alterations of patients with lymphedema with lymphoscintigraphic findings. METHOD: Thirty-four patients with lower limb lymphedema were assessed at the Service of Lymphology at the Faculdade de Medicina do ABC. The lymphoscintigraphic images were acquired at 20 minutes and 3 hours and analyzed according to the following parameters: lymphatic vessels, dermal backflow, collateral circulation, popliteal and inguinal lymph nodes. Results were correlated with the location of the edema in the limb: group A (without edema, group B (foot, group C (ankle, group D (leg, and

  10. Achado de bactérias selecionadas em crianças de Trinidad com doença amigdaliana crônica Selected bacterial recovery in Trinidadian children with chronic tonsillar disease

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    Lexley Maureen Pinto Pereira

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Faringoamigdalite na população pediátrica é largamente tratada com antibióticos. OBJETIVO: Estudar a microflora presente na superfície e no núcleo de amígdalas após adenoamigdalectomia eletiva em crianças. MÉTODO: Amígdalas de 102 crianças de Trinidad foram prospectivamente estudadas por meio de culturas e identificações bacteriológicas feitas a partir de amostras das superfícies e núcleos de suas amígdalas entre 2005-2006. RESULTADOS: A partir de 360 amígdalas, foram isolados Streptococcus spp. (51,3%, Staphylococcus spp. (42,3% e Gram-Negativos (6,4%. A identificação de estafilococos e estreptococos tanto na superfície quanto no núcleo foi semelhante (p>0,05. Encontramos mais (pPharyngotonsillitis in children is widely treated with antibiotics. AIM: To examine tonsil surface and core microflora following elective adenotonsillectomy in children. METHODS: Tonsils of 102 Trinidadian children were prospectively examined for surface and core bacteriological culture and identification between 2005-2006. RESULTS: Tonsils (360 yielded 800 isolates of Streptococcus spp. (51.3%, Staphylococcus spp. (42.3% and Gram-negative genera (6.4%. Surface and core recovery of staphylococci and streptococci were similar (p>0.05. More (p<0.001 surfaces (82.2% than cores (63.3% grew Streptococcus spp.; α-haemolytic Streptococcus prevalence was higher (p<0.001 than ß-haemolytic Streptococcus on surfaces (74.4% vs. 18.6% than cores (58.9% vs. 13.7%. Surfaces and cores were not concordant for streptococci (p<0.0004 and α-haemolytic Streptococcus (p<0.007. Surface and core ß-haemolytic Streptococcus yield was higher (p<0.05 in 6-16 than 1-5 year olds (31% and 23.8% vs 12.5% and 8%. S. pyogenes surface and core prevalence was (84.6% vs 70% and (50.0% vs 25.0% in older and younger children respectively. Klebsiella spp. (6.6 %, 2.2%, Proteus (4.4%, 4.4% and Pseudomonas (4.4 %, 1.1% grew on surfaces and cores respectively. CONCLUSION: Tonsil

  11. Specific vestibular exercises in the treatment of vestibular neuritis

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    Komazec Zoran; Lemajić Slobodanka N.

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    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...

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

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    2011-04-01

    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

  13. Prevalência de achados sugestivos de papilomavírus humano (HPV em biópsias de carcinoma espinocelular de cavidade oral e orofaringe: estudo preliminar Prevalence of histological findings of human papillomavirus (HPV in oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma biopsies: preliminary study

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    Sandra Doria Xavier

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available O papilomavírus humano (HPV é universalmente aceito como agente causal do câncer de colo uterino e, recentemente, vem se especulando sobre sua possível relação com câncer oral e de orofaringe. O carcinoma espinocelular (CEC oral representa 90% de todos os tumores malignos que afetam a cavidade bucal. Estudos sobre a prevalência de HPV em pacientes com CEC variam de 0 a 100%. O efeito citopático viral mais conhecido é a coilocitose, considerado "critério maior" na infecção pelo HPV do ponto de vista histopatológico. OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste estudo foi verificar a prevalência de achados sugestivos de HPV - coilocitose - em CEC oral e de orofaringe. FORMA DE ESTUDO: coorte transversal. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Foram examinadas no microscópio 20 lâminas com o diagnóstico de CEC de cavidade oral ou orofaringe sendo que em 15 delas foi encontrada coilocitose, correspondendo a 75%. RESULTADO: Apesar de termos conhecimento que o método com maior sensibilidade atual para pesquisa de HPV ser a reação de polimerase em cadeia (PCR, iniciamos esta pesquisa com a investigação de coilocitose, o que é muito sugestivo de infecção por HPV. CONCLUSÃO: O estudo em questão trata-se de um projeto-piloto pois será dada continuidade a esta pesquisa através da realização de PCR a fim de confirmar a alta prevalência de infecção por HPV em CEC oral e de orofaringe.Human papillomavirus (HPV is considered to be an etiologic agent of cervical cancer and, recently its relation to oral and oropharyngeal cancer has also been investigated. Oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC represents 90% of all malignant tumors that affect the oral cavity. The prevalence of HPV in patients with SCC ranges from 0 to 100%. The most known viral cytopathic effect is koilocytosis, considered to be a major characteristic of HPV infection. AIM: The aim of this study was to verify the prevalence of some peculiar characteristics of HPV - koilocytosis - in oral and

  14. Vestibular humanoid postural control.

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    Mergner, Thomas; Schweigart, Georg; Fennell, Luminous

    2009-01-01

    Many of our motor activities require stabilization against external disturbances. This especially applies to biped stance since it is inherently unstable. Disturbance compensation is mainly reactive, depending on sensory inputs and real-time sensor fusion. In humans, the vestibular system plays a major role. When there is no visual space reference, vestibular-loss clearly impairs stance stability. Most humanoid robots do not use a vestibular system, but stabilize upright body posture by means of center of pressure (COP) control. We here suggest using in addition a vestibular sensor and present a biologically inspired vestibular sensor along with a human-inspired stance control mechanism. We proceed in two steps. First, in an introductory review part, we report on relevant human sensors and their role in stance control, focusing on own models of transmitter fusion in the vestibular sensor and sensor fusion in stance control. In a second, experimental part, the models are used to construct an artificial vestibular system and to embed it into the stance control of a humanoid. The robot's performance is investigated using tilts of the support surface. The results are compared to those of humans. Functional significance of the vestibular sensor is highlighted by comparing vestibular-able with vestibular-loss states in robot and humans. We show that a kinematic body-space sensory feedback (vestibular) is advantageous over a kinetic one (force cues) for dynamic body-space balancing. Our embodiment of human sensorimotor control principles into a robot is more than just bionics. It inspired our biological work (neurorobotics: 'learning by building', proof of principle, and more). We envisage a future clinical use in the form of hardware-in-the-loop simulations of neurological symptoms for improving diagnosis and therapy and designing medical assistive devices.

  15. Isolated central vestibular syndrome.

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    Kim, Sung-Hee; Park, Seong-Ho; Kim, Hyo-Jung; Kim, Ji-Soo

    2015-04-01

    Isolated vestibular syndrome may occur all along the vestibular pathways from the peripheral labyrinth to the brain. By virtue of recent developments in clinical neurotology and neuroimaging, however, diagnosis of isolated central vestibulopathy is increasing. Here, we review five distinct syndromes of isolated central vestibular syndrome from lesions restricted to the vestibular nuclei, the nucleus prepositus hypoglossi, the flocculus, the tonsil, and the nodulus, and introduce a new vestibular syndrome from isolated involvement of the inferior cerebellar peduncle. Decreased responses to head impulses do not exclude a central lesion as a cause of isolated vestibular syndrome. Brain imaging, including diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), may be falsely negative during the acute phase in patients with isolated vestibular syndrome because of a stroke. Central signs should be sought carefully in patients with isolated vertigo, even when the patients show the features of peripheral vestibulopathy and negative MRIs. Recognition of these isolated central vestibular syndromes would aid in defining the lesions responsible for various vestibular manifestations in central vestibulopathy. © 2015 New York Academy of Sciences.

  16. Vestibular Perception following Acute Unilateral Vestibular Lesions

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    Cousins, Sian; Kaski, Diego; Cutfield, Nicholas; Seemungal, Barry; Golding, John F.; Gresty, Michael; Glasauer, Stefan; Bronstein, Adolfo M.

    2013-01-01

    Little is known about the vestibulo-perceptual (VP) system, particularly after a unilateral vestibular lesion. We investigated vestibulo-ocular (VO) and VP function in 25 patients with vestibular neuritis (VN) acutely (2 days after onset) and after compensation (recovery phase, 10 weeks). Since the effect of VN on reflex and perceptual function may differ at threshold and supra-threshold acceleration levels, we used two stimulus intensities, acceleration steps of 0.5°/s2 and velocity steps of 90°/s (acceleration 180°/s2). We hypothesised that the vestibular lesion or the compensatory processes could dissociate VO and VP function, particularly if the acute vertiginous sensation interferes with the perceptual tasks. Both in acute and recovery phases, VO and VP thresholds increased, particularly during ipsilesional rotations. In signal detection theory this indicates that signals from the healthy and affected side are still fused, but result in asymmetric thresholds due to a lesion-induced bias. The normal pattern whereby VP thresholds are higher than VO thresholds was preserved, indicating that any ‘perceptual noise’ added by the vertigo does not disrupt the cognitive decision-making processes inherent to the perceptual task. Overall, the parallel findings in VO and VP thresholds imply little or no additional cortical processing and suggest that vestibular thresholds essentially reflect the sensitivity of the fused peripheral receptors. In contrast, a significant VO-VP dissociation for supra-threshold stimuli was found. Acutely, time constants and duration of the VO and VP responses were reduced – asymmetrically for VO, as expected, but surprisingly symmetrical for perception. At recovery, VP responses normalised but VO responses remained shortened and asymmetric. Thus, unlike threshold data, supra-threshold responses show considerable VO-VP dissociation indicative of additional, higher-order processing of vestibular signals. We provide evidence of

  17. Vestibular perception following acute unilateral vestibular lesions.

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    Sian Cousins

    Full Text Available Little is known about the vestibulo-perceptual (VP system, particularly after a unilateral vestibular lesion. We investigated vestibulo-ocular (VO and VP function in 25 patients with vestibular neuritis (VN acutely (2 days after onset and after compensation (recovery phase, 10 weeks. Since the effect of VN on reflex and perceptual function may differ at threshold and supra-threshold acceleration levels, we used two stimulus intensities, acceleration steps of 0.5°/s(2 and velocity steps of 90°/s (acceleration 180°/s(2. We hypothesised that the vestibular lesion or the compensatory processes could dissociate VO and VP function, particularly if the acute vertiginous sensation interferes with the perceptual tasks. Both in acute and recovery phases, VO and VP thresholds increased, particularly during ipsilesional rotations. In signal detection theory this indicates that signals from the healthy and affected side are still fused, but result in asymmetric thresholds due to a lesion-induced bias. The normal pattern whereby VP thresholds are higher than VO thresholds was preserved, indicating that any 'perceptual noise' added by the vertigo does not disrupt the cognitive decision-making processes inherent to the perceptual task. Overall, the parallel findings in VO and VP thresholds imply little or no additional cortical processing and suggest that vestibular thresholds essentially reflect the sensitivity of the fused peripheral receptors. In contrast, a significant VO-VP dissociation for supra-threshold stimuli was found. Acutely, time constants and duration of the VO and VP responses were reduced - asymmetrically for VO, as expected, but surprisingly symmetrical for perception. At recovery, VP responses normalised but VO responses remained shortened and asymmetric. Thus, unlike threshold data, supra-threshold responses show considerable VO-VP dissociation indicative of additional, higher-order processing of vestibular signals. We provide evidence of

  18. Deregulated genes in sporadic vestibular schwannomas

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    Cayé-Thomasen, Per; Helweg-Larsen, Rehannah Holga Andrea; Stangerup, Sven-Eric

    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....

  19. Vestibular evoked myogenic potential in vestibular neuritis.

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    Nola, Giuseppe; Guastini, Luca; Crippa, Barbara; Deiana, Marco; Mora, Renzo; Ralli, Giovanni

    2011-11-01

    This study wants to show the diagnostic value of vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP) in the diagnosis of vestibular neuritis (VN), independently of the caloric test results. Twenty patients were enrolled with acute vertigo caused by VN. VEMP was tested with the binaural simultaneous stimulation method. Surface electromyographic activity was recorded in the supine patients from symmetrical sites over the upper half of each sternocleidomastoid muscle, with a reference electrode on the lateral end of the upper sternum. During the acute attack, 8 days, 1 month and 3 months after the beginning of the acute attack, all the patients underwent the following examinations: Dix-Hallpike manoeuvre, Pagnini-McClure manoeuvre, head shaking test, pure-tone audiometry, tympanometry, caloric labyrinth stimulation according to the Fitzgerald-Hallpike method and VEMP. At the last visit, the 11 patients diagnosed with superior branch vestibular neuritis did not show any improvement at the caloric labyrinth stimulation and presented VEMP on both sides with normal amplitude and latency; in the 9 cases diagnosed with inferior branch vestibular neuritis, there was an improvement of the VEMP reflex and normal caloric test. Our experience highlights that VEMP recording is applicable for patients with VN as a screening test.

  20. Enlarged Vestibular Aqueducts and Childhood Hearing Loss

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    ... Infections, and Deafness Enlarged Vestibular Aqueducts and Childhood Hearing Loss On this page: What are vestibular aqueducts? How ... How are enlarged vestibular aqueducts related to childhood hearing loss? Research suggests that most children with enlarged vestibular ...

  1. 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.

  2. Common Vestibular Disorders

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    Dimitrios G. Balatsouras

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The three most common vestibular diseases, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV, Meniere's disease (MD and vestibular neuritis (VN, are presented in this paper. BPPV, which is the most common peripheral vestibular disorder, can be defined as transient vertigo induced by a rapid head position change, associated with a characteristic paroxysmal positional nystagmus. Canalolithiasis of the posterior semicircular canal is considered the most convincing theory of its pathogenesis and the development of appropriate therapeutic maneuvers resulted in its effective treatment. However, involvement of the horizontal or the anterior canal has been found in a significant rate and the recognition and treatment of these variants completed the clinical picture of the disease. MD is a chronic condition characterized by episodic attacks of vertigo, fluctuating hearing loss, tinnitus, aural pressure and a progressive loss of audiovestibular functions. Presence of endolymphatic hydrops on postmortem examination is its pathologic correlate. MD continues to be a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Patients with the disease range from minimally symptomatic, highly functional individuals to severely affected, disabled patients. Current management strategies are designed to control the acute and recurrent vestibulopathy but offer minimal remedy for the progressive cochlear dysfunction. VN is the most common cause of acute spontaneous vertigo, attributed to acute unilateral loss of vestibular function. Key signs and symptoms are an acute onset of spinning vertigo, postural imbalance and nausea as well as a horizontal rotatory nystagmus beating towards the non-affected side, a pathological headimpulse test and no evidence for central vestibular or ocular motor dysfunction. Vestibular neuritis preferentially involves the superior vestibular labyrinth and its afferents. Symptomatic medication is indicated only during the acute phase to relieve the vertigo and nausea

  3. Inferior vestibular neuritis: a novel subtype of vestibular neuritis.

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    Zhang, D; Fan, Z; Han, Y; Yu, G; Wang, H

    2010-05-01

    To report eight cases of inferior vestibular neuritis, in order to raise awareness of this new subtype of vestibular neuritis. We retrospectively analysed 216 patients (104 males and 112 females; age range 10-64 years; mean age 38.4 years) with full clinical documentation who had attended our hospital's vertigo clinic between May 2007 and December 2008. All patients underwent systematic investigation, including hearing tests, radiology, caloric testing and vestibular evoked myogenic potential testing. Of 216 patients with vestibular neuritis, eight cases were diagnosed as inferior vestibular neuritis, based on comprehensive analysis of test data. The clinical features of these eight patients were consistent with the characteristics of vestibular neuritis. The results of pure tone audiometry and caloric testing were normal, and the possibility of central lesions was excluded by cerebral computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging on admission. Six cases had unilateral loss of vestibular evoked myogenic potentials, whereas two had a unilateral lower amplitude of vestibular evoked myogenic potentials. Inferior vestibular neuritis is a novel subtype of vestibular neuritis, which involves the inferior vestibular nerve alone. Vestibular evoked myogenic potential testing is a useful aid to the diagnosis of inferior vestibular neuritis.

  4. Deregulated genes in sporadic vestibular schwannomas

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    Cayé-Thomasen, Per; Helweg-Larsen, Rehannah Holga Andrea; Stangerup, Sven-Eric

    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.......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....

  5. Is Vestibular Neuritis an Immune Related Vestibular Neuropathy Inducing Vertigo?

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    A. Greco; G. F. Macri; A. Gallo; M. Fusconi; A. De Virgilio; G. Pagliuca; C. Marinelli; M. de Vincentiis

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    Objectives. To review the current knowledge of the aetiology of vestibular neuritis including viral infections, vascular occlusion, and immunomediated mechanisms and to discuss the pathogenesis with relevance to pharmacotherapy. Systematic Review Methodology. Relevant publications on the aetiology and treatment of vestibular neuritis from 1909 to 2013 were analysed. Results and Conclusions. Vestibular neuritis is the second most common cause of peripheral vestibular vertigo and is due to a su...

  6. Hepatocellular carcinoma in patients undergoing orthotopic liver transplantation: radiological findings with anatomopathological correlation in Brazil Carcinoma hepatocelular em pacientes submetidos a transplante hepático: achados radiológicos com correlação anatomopatológica no Brasil

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    Antônio Carlos Maciel

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    ; acquisition of computed tomography images during arterial phase; lesion size. Arterial phase proved to be the most useful part of computed tomography examination in this study.RACIONAL: O carcinoma hepatocelular é um dos tumores malignos mais comuns em todo o mundo. Exames de imagens, especialmente tomografia computadorizada e ultra-sonografia, estão entre as principais técnicas diagnósticas, embora a acurácia destes métodos possa apresentar significativa variabilidade. OBJETIVOS: Determinar a prevalência de carcinoma hepatocelular em pacientes cirróticos submetidos a transplante hepático na Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Porto Alegre, RS; estimar a sensibilidade da tomografia computadorizada e da ultra-sonografia na detecção pré-transplante de carcinoma hepatocelular nesse grupo de pacientes; correlacionar características radiológicas com achados anatomopatológicos. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Estudo de prevalência retrospectivo. População: pacientes adultos, cirróticos, submetidos a transplante hepático de janeiro de 1990 a julho de 2003. Entre os 292 pacientes transplantados, foi diagnosticado 31 casos de carcinoma hepatocelular, dos quais 29 foram incluídos no estudo. As características tomográficas e ecográficas dos tumores diagnosticados pré-transplante foram comparadas com as observadas em exame anatomopatológico. RESULTADOS: A prevalência da infecção pelo vírus da hepatite C nos pacientes com diagnóstico de carcinoma hepatocelular foi de 93,5% e a prevalência deste entre os pacientes transplantados foi de 10,6%. A sensibilidade dos métodos de imagem na detecção de casos de carcinoma hepatocelular foi de 70,3% para tomografia computadorizada e de 72% para ecografia. CONCLUSÃO: A prevalência de carcinoma hepatocelular na instituição onde foi desenvolvido o estudo, bem como a sensibilidade da ultra-sonografia e da tomografia computadorizada para detecção dessa neoplasia na avaliação pré-transplante foi semelhante à relatada na

  7. Circunstâncias e conseqüências de quedas em idosos com vestibulopatia crônica Circumstances and consequences of falls in elderly people with vestibular disorder

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    Fernando Freitas Ganança

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Investigar as circunstâncias e conseqüências de quedas em idosos com vestibulopatia crônica e relacioná-las com o número de quedas (uma/ duas e mais quedas. MÉTODO: Estudo transversal descritivo analítico com 64 pacientes com idade igual ou superior a 65 anos, com história de quedas e diagnóstico de disfunção vestibular crônica. Foram realizadas a análises descritivas e teste Qui-Quadrado, AIM: To investigate the circumstances and consequences of falls in the chronically dizzy elderly and to correlate them with the number of falls (one/two and more. METHOD: Transversal descriptive analytic study with 64 patients aged 65 or over, with history of falls and diagnostic of chronic vestibular dysfunction. We performed a descriptive analysis and Qui-Square test (<0.05. RESULTS: The sample was constituted by a female majority (76.6% with a mean age of 73.62±5.69 years. The vestibular examination showed peripheral vestibulopathy in 81.5% of the cases and the most prevalent diagnostic hypothesis were benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (43.8% and metabolic inner ear disease (42.2%. Recurrent falls were seen in 35 elderly (53.1%. In relation to the last fall, 39.1% of the patients had fallen in their homes, 51.6% of them occurred during the morning, 51.6% with some propulsion mechanism, 53.1% when walking, 25.0% caused by dizziness and 23.4% by stumbling. Activity restriction was significantly greater in patients that have already had two and more falls, when compared with those who had fallen only once (p=0.031. We found a significant association between the number of falls and their causes (p<0.001. Falls that have happened by slipping were more frequent in the elderly that reported one fall (p=0.0265 and falls that had happened because of dizziness were more frequent in the elderly that complained of two or more falls (p=0.0012. CONCLUSION: Fear and tendency to fall are referred by the majority of chronically dizzy elderly

  8. Hereditary familial vestibular degenerative diseases.

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    Sun, J.; Alphen, A.M. van; Wagenaar, M.; Huygen, P.L.M.; Hoogenraad, C.C.; Hasson, T.; Koekkoek, S.K.; Bohne, B.A.; Zeeuw, C.I. de

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    Identification of genes involved in hereditary vestibular disease is growing at a remarkable pace. Mutant mouse technology can be an important tool for understanding the biological mechanism of human vestibular diseases.

  9. Genetic contribution to vestibular diseases.

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    Gallego-Martinez, Alvaro; Espinosa-Sanchez, Juan Manuel; Lopez-Escamez, Jose Antonio

    2018-03-26

    Growing evidence supports the contribution of allelic variation to vestibular disorders. Heritability attributed to rare allelic variants is found in familial vestibular syndromes such as enlarged vestibular aqueduct syndrome or familial Meniere disease. However, the involvement of common allelic variants as key regulators of physiological processes in common and rare vestibular diseases is starting to be deciphered, including motion sickness or sporadic Meniere disease. The genetic contribution to most of the vestibular disorders is still largely unknown. This review will outline the role of common and rare variants in human genome to episodic vestibular syndromes, progressive vestibular syndrome, and hereditary sensorineural hearing loss associated with vestibular phenotype. Future genomic studies and network analyses of omic data will clarify the pathway towards a personalized stratification of treatments.

  10. Inferior vestibular neuritis.

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    Kim, Ji-Soo; Kim, Hyo Jung

    2012-08-01

    Vestibular neuritis (VN) mostly involves the superior portion of the vestibular nerve and labyrinth. This study aimed to describe the clinical features of VN involving the inferior vestibular labyrinth and its afferents only. Of the 703 patients with a diagnosis of VN or labyrinthitis at Seoul National University Bundang Hospital from 2004 to 2010, we retrospectively recruited 9 patients (6 women, age range 15-75) with a diagnosis of isolated inferior VN. Diagnosis of isolated inferior VN was based on torsional downbeating spontaneous nystagmus, abnormal head-impulse test (HIT) for the posterior semicircular canal (PC), and abnormal cervical vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP) in the presence of normally functioning horizontal and anterior semicircular canals, as determined by normal HIT and bithermal caloric tests. All patients presented with acute vertigo with nausea, vomiting, and imbalance. Three patients also had tinnitus and hearing loss in the involved side. The rotation axis of torsional downbeating spontaneous nystagmus was best aligned with that of the involved PC. HIT was also positive only for the involved PC. Cervical VEMP was abnormal in seven patients, and ocular VEMP was normal in all four patients tested. Ocular torsion and subjective visual vertical tests were mostly within the normal range. Since isolated inferior VN lacks the typical findings of much more prevalent superior VN, it may be mistaken for a central vestibular disorder. Recognition of this rare disorder may help avoid unnecessary workups in patients with acute vestibulopathy.

  11. 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

  12. Vestibular syndrome in giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla)

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    Oliveira, Fabricio Singaretti de; Gubulin Carvalho, Paula Fernanda; Bueno de Camargo, Mauro Henrique; Delfini, Aline; Martins, Leandro [UNESP

    2009-01-01

    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 dos...

  13. Vestibular Dysfunction in Patients with Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct.

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    Zalewski, Chris K; Chien, Wade W; King, Kelly A; Muskett, Julie A; Baron, Rachel E; Butman, John A; Griffith, Andrew J; Brewer, Carmen C

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    Enlarged vestibular aqueduct (EVA) is the most common inner ear malformation. While a strong correlative relationship between EVA and hearing loss is well established, its association with vestibular dysfunction is less well understood. In this study, we examine the effects of EVA on the vestibular system in patients with EVA. Prospective, cross-sectional study of a cohort ascertained between 1999 and 2013. National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, a federal biomedical research facility. In total, 106 patients with unilateral or bilateral EVA, defined as a midpoint diameter greater than 1.5 mm, were referred or self-referred to participate in a study of the clinical and molecular aspects of EVA. Clinical history was ascertained with respect to the presence or absence of various vestibular signs and symptoms and history of head trauma. Videonystagmography (VNG), cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potential (cVEMP), and rotational vestibular testing (RVT) were performed to assess the vestibular function. Of the patients with EVA, 45% had vestibular signs and symptoms, and 44% of tested patients had abnormal VNG test results. An increased number of vestibular signs and symptoms was correlated with the presence of bilateral EVA (P = .008) and a history of head injury (P VNG results also correlated with a history of head injury (P = .018). Vestibular dysfunction is common in patients with EVA. However, not all patients with vestibular signs and symptoms have abnormal vestibular test results. Clinicians should be aware of the high prevalence of vestibular dysfunction in patients with EVA. © American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation 2015.

  14. BETAHISTINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE IN CANINE PERIPHERAL VESTIBULAR SYNDROME DICLORIDRATO DE BETAISTINA NA SÍNDROME VESTIBULAR PERIFÉRICA CANINA

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    Tatiana Champion

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Vestibular disease is a common syndrome in small animals that  may resulst of central or peripheral disease. The pathophysiology of peripheral vestibular syndrome is unknown, however it can be related to an abnormal dynamic of endolymphatic fluid or neuritis of the vestibular portion of the VIII cranial nerve.  The recovery of neurological sings is slow and, in chronic cases, the neurological deficits can be irreversible. In veterinary medicine, thera are few medical options to treat this condition, however, in Medicine, betahistine dihydrochloride is used to treat peripheral vestibular disorders. These drug  was used in four dogs with vestibular syndrome. The results showed clinical improvement in 7 to 10 days of treatment and completed recovery in 20 to 30 days, followed by the cure. One year after the treatment, the dogs did not have recurrence of the syndrome. This report shows the use of betahistine dihydrochloride in dogs with peripheral vestibular syndrome, with rapid clinical recover, without laboratorial abnormalities or recurrence of the clinical signs .The results encourage the use of betahistine dihydrochloride in the treatment of  peripheral vestibular disorders in small animals.

    KEY WORDS: Betahistine, dog, vestibular syndrome.
    A síndrome vestibular periférica é uma condição clínica comum em cães. Várias doenças podem causar essa síndrome. Entretanto, sua patofisiologia ainda é pouco conhecida. As alterações clínicas geralmente são autolimitantes, a recuperação pode ser longa e, em casos crônicos, os déficits neurológicos podem ser irreversíveis. Em medicina veterinária, há poucas opções terapêuticas. Na Medicina, o dicloridrato de betaístina é amplamente utilizado. Essa medicação foi empregada em seis cães com síndrome vestibular periférica. Os resultados mostraram melhora clínica com sete a dez dias de tratamento e recuperação quase completa entre vinte e trinta dias. Este

  15. Achado ocasional de doenças neurológicas durante a pesquisa da surdez infantil através do BERA Occasional finding of neurological disorders during children hearing loss evaluation using the ABR

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    Luiz Carlos Alves de Sousa

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    Full Text Available Uma das mais importantes aplicações clínicas dos potenciais evocados auditivos de tronco cerebral (BERA é a sua utilização na avaliação da surdez infantil. Atualmente o BERA também é utilizado na triagem das síndromes cócleo-vestibulares a procura de lesões retro-cocleares, na monitoração dos estados de coma (morte cerebral, na monitoração do tronco cerebral em cirurgias da base do crânio, etc. Uma das qualidades do BERA é a sua capacidade de avaliar a integridade neurofisiológica das vias auditivas do tronco cerebral. Desta maneira, algumas vezes durante a pesquisa dos limiares auditivos infantis, nos deparamos com BERAs que sugerem a presença de lesões retro-cocleares das vias auditivas (assimetria de traçados, aumento dos intervalos interpicos, muitas vezes comprovadas através de exames de imagem. Trata-se de achado ocasional de moléstia neurológica por ocasião da pesquisa dos limiares auditivos infantis. Neste trabalho relataremos dois casos de doenças neurológicas, diagnosticadas ocasionalmente através do BERA realizado com o intuito de se pesquisar os limiares auditivos.One of the most important applications of the Brainstem evoked response audiometry (ABR is in the evaluation of hearing loss in children. Today the ABR is also indicated in the screening of cochleo-vestibular syndromes to detect retrocochlear lesions, to monitor patients in a coma (brain death, in monitoring the brainstem during skull base surgery, etc. Among the many BERA qualities, is its capacity to evaluate the neurophysiologic integrity of the auditory brainstem pathway. In doing so, sometimes while evaluating hearing function in children we are faced with ABR waves that suggest the presence of retrocochlear lesions (trace asymmetry, increased interpeak intervals, many times confirmed through image studies. These cases are seen as occasional findings of neurologic disorders during children hearing loss evaluation. In this study we report 2

  16. Vestibular neuritis affects both superior and inferior vestibular nerves.

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    Taylor, Rachael L; McGarvie, Leigh A; Reid, Nicole; Young, Allison S; Halmagyi, G Michael; Welgampola, Miriam S

    2016-10-18

    To characterize the profiles of afferent dysfunction in a cross section of patients with acute vestibular neuritis using tests of otolith and semicircular canal function sensitive to each of the 5 vestibular end organs. Forty-three patients fulfilling clinical criteria for acute vestibular neuritis were recruited between 2010 and 2016 and studied within 10 days of symptom onset. Otolith function was evaluated with air-conducted cervical and bone-conducted ocular/vestibular evoked myogenic potentials and the subjective visual horizontal test. Canal-plane video head impulse tests (vHITs) assessed the function of each semicircular canal. Patterns of recovery were investigated in 16 patients retested after a 6- to 12-month follow-up period. Rates of horizontal canal (97.7%), anterior canal (90.7%), and utricular (72.1%) dysfunction were significantly higher than rates of posterior canal (39.5%) and saccular (39.0%) dysfunction (p vestibular nerve divisions; 18 patients (41.9%) had superior neuritis; and 1 patient (2.3%) had inferior neuritis. A test battery that included horizontal and posterior canal vHIT and the cervical/vestibular evoked myogenic potentials identified superior or inferior neuritis in all patients tested acutely. Eight of 16 patients who were retested at follow-up had recovered a normal vestibular evoked myogenic potential and vHIT profile. Acute vestibular neuritis most often affects both vestibular nerve divisions. The horizontal vHIT alone identifies superior nerve dysfunction in all patients with vestibular neuritis tested acutely, whereas both cervical/vestibular evoked myogenic potentials and posterior vHIT are necessary for diagnosing inferior vestibular nerve involvement. © 2016 American Academy of Neurology.

  17. Investigação microbiológica e análise qualitativa de achados bacteriológicos e micológicos em placas de cultivo de embriões em laboratório de reprodução humana

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    Introdução: Em laboratórios de Reprodução Humana, o controle de qualidade é de fundamental importância para o sucesso dos procedimentos. A realização correta dos procedimentos influem diretamente nos resultados, principalmente porque a vagina, o líquido folicular e o sêmen não podem ser esterilizados. Um alto grau de higiene, limpeza e o descarte do material devem ser observados para se evitar contaminação nos meios de cultura e equipamentos. As principais causas desta contaminação vem sendo ...

  18. Is vestibular neuritis an immune related vestibular neuropathy inducing vertigo?

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    Greco, A; Macri, G F; Gallo, A; Fusconi, M; De Virgilio, A; Pagliuca, G; Marinelli, C; de Vincentiis, M

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    To review the current knowledge of the aetiology of vestibular neuritis including viral infections, vascular occlusion, and immunomediated mechanisms and to discuss the pathogenesis with relevance to pharmacotherapy. Relevant publications on the aetiology and treatment of vestibular neuritis from 1909 to 2013 were analysed. Vestibular neuritis is the second most common cause of peripheral vestibular vertigo and is due to a sudden unilateral loss of vestibular function. Vestibular neuronitis is a disorder thought to represent the vestibular-nerve equivalent of sudden sensorineural hearing loss. Histopathological studies of patients who died from unrelated clinical problems have demonstrated degeneration of the superior vestibular nerve. The characteristic signs and symptoms include sudden and prolonged vertigo, the absence of auditory symptoms, and the absence of other neurological symptoms. The aetiology and pathogenesis of the condition remain unknown. Proposed theories of causation include viral infections, vascular occlusion, and immunomediated mechanisms. The management of vestibular neuritis involves symptomatic treatment with antivertiginous drugs, causal treatment with corticosteroids, and physical therapy. Antiviral agents did not improve the outcomes.

  19. Is Vestibular Neuritis an Immune Related Vestibular Neuropathy Inducing Vertigo?

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    A. Greco

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives. To review the current knowledge of the aetiology of vestibular neuritis including viral infections, vascular occlusion, and immunomediated mechanisms and to discuss the pathogenesis with relevance to pharmacotherapy. Systematic Review Methodology. Relevant publications on the aetiology and treatment of vestibular neuritis from 1909 to 2013 were analysed. Results and Conclusions. Vestibular neuritis is the second most common cause of peripheral vestibular vertigo and is due to a sudden unilateral loss of vestibular function. Vestibular neuronitis is a disorder thought to represent the vestibular-nerve equivalent of sudden sensorineural hearing loss. Histopathological studies of patients who died from unrelated clinical problems have demonstrated degeneration of the superior vestibular nerve. The characteristic signs and symptoms include sudden and prolonged vertigo, the absence of auditory symptoms, and the absence of other neurological symptoms. The aetiology and pathogenesis of the condition remain unknown. Proposed theories of causation include viral infections, vascular occlusion, and immunomediated mechanisms. The management of vestibular neuritis involves symptomatic treatment with antivertiginous drugs, causal treatment with corticosteroids, and physical therapy. Antiviral agents did not improve the outcomes.

  20. MRI and ¹H-MRS findings of three patients with Sjögren-Larsson syndrome Síndrome de Sjögren-Larsson: achados à ressonância magnética e espectroscopia de prótons em três pacientes

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    Mauro Nakayama

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    Full Text Available Sjögren-Larsson syndrome (SLS is a rare autosomal recessive neurocutaneous disorder caused by deficiency of the microsomal enzyme fatty aldehyde dehydrogenase. Patients present the classical triad of congenital ichthyosis, mental retardation and spastic di- or tetraplegia. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI of the brain usually shows hypomyelination involving the periventricular white matter. Cerebral proton MR spectroscopy (¹H-MRS reveals a characteristic abnormal lipid peak. We report three cases of SLS from different families with the typical clinical triad. The MRI and ¹H-MRS findings are discussed.A síndrome de Sjögren-Larsson (SJL é distúrbio raro, autossômico recessivo, caracterizado pela tríade clássica de ictiose congênita, retardo mental e tetraplegia ou diplegia espástica. Trata-se de um erro inato do metabolismo dos lipídios, causado pela deficiência da enzima microssômica aldeído graxo desidrogenase. Os achados de imagem do encéfalo na SJL demonstram atrofia cerebral e alteração da substância branca. A espectroscopia de prótons, com poucos casos relatados, caracteriza-se pelo elevado pico de lipídios e redução de N-acetil-aspartato. Apresentamos três casos de SJL, com ênfase nos achados da ressonância magnética e da espectroscopia de prótons.

  1. [Vestibular neuritis: treatment and prognosis].

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    Reinhard, A; Maire, R

    2013-10-02

    Vestibular neuritis is a sudden unilateral peripheral vestibular deficit of unknown origin without associated hearing loss. It is the second cause of peripheral vertigo after Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). The etiology remains unclear and some treatments are still controversial. The prognosis is good. The differential diagnosis of the disease mainly includes an acute vertigo of central origin. This article summarizes the management and prognosis of vestibular neuritis.

  2. Drug therapy for peripheral vestibular vertigo

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    L. M. Antonenko

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    Full Text Available The choice of effective treatments for vestibular vertigo is one of the important problems, by taking into account the high prevalence of peripheral vestibular diseases. Different drugs, such as vestibular suppressants for the relief of acute vertigo attacks and vestibular compensation stimulants for rehabilitation treatment, are used to treat vestibular vertigo. Drug therapy in combination with vestibular exercises is effective in patients with vestibular neuronitis, Meniere's disease, so is that with therapeutic maneuvers in patients with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. The high therapeutic efficacy and safety of betahistines permit their extensive use for the treatment of various vestibular disorders.

  3. Estudo epidemiológico e avaliação de fatores de risco da infecção por Toxoplasma gondii e achados clinico-patológicos da infecção aguda em cães admitidos em um Hospital Escola Veterinário

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    Full Text Available RESUMO: Esse trabalho teve como objetivo estudar a prevalência e respectivos fatores de risco para infecção do Toxoplasma gondii em cães provenientes de uma população hospitalar. Além disso, avaliou-se as taxas de ocorrência e as repercussões clínico-patológicas da infecção aguda pelo T. gondii nesses animais. Anticorpos foram detectados em 7% (26/386 da população estudada, composta de 386 cães de ambos os sexos e diferentes raças e idades. Somente as variáveis, ingestão de vísceras, origem rural e contato com bovinos apresentaram valores significativos com p<0.05. Adicionalmente os cães de origem rural apresentaram maiores risco (OD=7.00 de infecção do que aqueles de origem urbana. Em 6,5% (25/386 foram detectados títulos de contato (entre 16 e 256; esses títulos não significam necessariamente infecção aguda e sim apenas exposição prévia. É de fundamental importância o reconhecimento da infecção prévia por T. gondii nesses pacientes hospitalares. Dependendo da causa da admissão, mesmo não sendo a toxoplasmose a responsável, o paciente deve receber o tratamento anti-protozoário profilaticamente ou ser monitorado para posterior tratamento em caso de reagudização da enfermidade por recrudescência dos bradizoítos encistados. Apenas um animal (3.44%, 1/386 foi admitido com titulação elevada, o qual pode ser sugestivo de infecção aguda (titulo de 4096. Embora o animal com infecção aguda tenha sido apresentado com sinais neurológicos, cautela é necessária para não extrapolar uma falsa interpretação que a toxoplasmose é a grande responsável por quadros neurológico, uma vez que inúmeros outros casos incluídos nesse estudo tinham manifestações neurológicas e não tinham títulos de infecção aguda, nem mesmo título de contato prévio. A toxoplasmose aguda não foi uma afecção clínica expressiva nessa ambiência hospitalar, no entanto diagnóstico diferencial deve ser feito nos pacientes

  4. Vestibular evoked myogenic potentials: an overview Potencial evocado miogênico vestibular: uma visão geral

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    Renato Cal

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available The vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP test is a relatively new diagnostic tool that is in the process of being investigated in patients with specific vestibular disorders. Briefly, the VEMP is a biphasic response elicited by loud clicks or tone bursts recorded from the tonically contracted sternocleidomastoid muscle, being the only resource available to assess the function of the saccule and the lower portion of the vestibular nerve. AIM: In this review, we shall highlight the history, methods, current VEMP status, and discuss its specific application in the diagnosis of the Ménière's Syndrome.O teste do potencial evocado miogênico vestibular (PEMV é um instrumento diagnóstico relativamente novo e ainda em processo de validação em estudos com pacientes portadores de desordens vestibulares específicas. De forma resumida, o PEMV é uma resposta bifásica em resposta a estímulos sonoros gravados a partir de contrações do músculo esternocleidomastóideo e é o único recurso existente para avaliar a função do sáculo e da divisão inferior do nervo vestibular. OBJETIVO: Nesta revisão iremos destacar a história, método de realização, situação atual da pesquisa envolvendo o PEMV, além de discutir as suas aplicações específicas no diagnóstico da síndrome de Ménière.

  5. Angiogenesis in vestibular schwannomas

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    Møller, Martin Nue; Werther, Kim; Nalla, Amarnadh

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    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, tumor size, and the absolute and relative growth rate is explored.......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...

  6. Reabilitação vestibular no tratamento da tontura e do zumbido Vestibular rehabilitation in the treatment of dizziness and tinnitus

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    Bianca Simone Zeigelboim

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Verificar a efetividade dos exercícios de reabilitação vestibular na melhora do zumbido e da tontura por meio de avaliação pré e pós-aplicação do questionário Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI e Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI, ambos adaptados à população brasileira. MÉTODOS: Avaliaram-se seis pacientes (dois do sexo masculino e quatro do sexo feminino, na faixa etária de 43 a 70 anos. Os pacientes foram submetidos aos seguintes procedimentos: anamnese, inspeção otológica, avaliação vestibular por meio da vectoeletronistagmografia e aplicação dos questionários pré e pós-reabilitação vestibular, utilizando-se o protocolo de Cawthorne e Cooksey. RESULTADOS: a com relação às queixas mais referidas, observou-se desequilíbrio à marcha (83,3%, dor de cabeça (66,6% e depressão (66,6%; b no exame vestibular todos os pacientes apresentaram alteração na prova calórica, sendo a maior freqüência das síndromes vestibulares periféricas irritativas (83,3%; c constataram-se no exame vestibular dois casos de síndrome vestibular periférica irritativa, dois casos de síndrome vestibular periférica irritativa unilateral; um caso de síndrome vestibular periférica irritativa bilateral e um caso de síndrome vestibular periférica deficitária unilateral; d na aplicação do DHI, observou-se melhora nos aspectos: funcional e emocional, mantendo-se inalterado o aspecto físico; e na aplicação do THI, observou-se melhora em todos os aspectos avaliados. CONCLUSÃO: O protocolo utilizado de reabilitação vestibular promoveu diminuição do zumbido e da tontura, melhorando a qualidade de vida dos pacientes.PURPOSE: To verify the effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation exercises in the improvement of tinnitus and dizziness through an evaluation carried out before and after the administration of the Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI and the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (DHI questionnaires, both adapted to the

  7. Cross-sectional vestibular nerve analysis in vestibular neuritis.

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    Fundakowski, Christopher E; Anderson, Joshua; Angeli, Simon

    2012-07-01

    We examined the association between the size and cross-sectional area of the superior vestibular nerve as measured on constructive interference in steady-state (CISS) parasagittal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and the vestibular nerve function as measured by electronystagmography. The retrospective observational cohort study took place at an academic tertiary referral center. Twenty-six patients who met established clinical and electronystagmographic criteria for vestibular neuritis and who underwent parasagittal CISS MRI were identified. Two blinded investigators measured vestibular nerve height and width bilaterally at the level of the fundus of the internal auditory canal and calculated the cross-sectional nerve areas. The inter-rater reliability and agreement were analyzed. Symptom duration, age, and gender were also examined. A statistically significant decrease was observed in both vestibular nerve cross-sectional area and height as compared to the contralateral vestibular nerve. A non-statistically significant trend was observed for a relative decreased cross-sectional nerve area with increased age, as well as a decrease in nerve area with an increase in symptom duration. Decreases in both vestibular nerve cross-sectional area and height are observed in patients with unilateral vestibular neuritis as measured on parasagittal CISS MRI.

  8. The vestibular implant: Quo vadis?

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    Raymond eVan De Berg

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available AbstractObjective: to assess the progress of the development of the vestibular implant and its feasibility short-term. Data sources: a search was performed in Pubmed, Medline and Embase. Key words used were vestibular prosth* and vestibular implant. The only search limit was language: English or Dutch. Additional sources were medical books, conference lectures and our personal experience with per-operative vestibular stimulation in patients selected for cochlear implantation.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.

  9. Correlação do sinal de Lasègue e manobra da elevação da perna, retificada com os achados cirúrgicos em pacientes com ciatalgia portadores de hérnia discal lombar Correlación del signo de Lasègue y maniobra de elevación de la pierna recta con los resultados quirúrgicos en pacientes con ciática que tenían hernia lumbar discal Correlation of Lasègue sign and the straight-leg-raising test with surgical findings in patients with sciatica and lumbar disc herniation

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    Jonatas Sanchez Fernandez

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Investigar a correlação entre as manobras de estiramento do nervo ciático, como o Teste de Lasègue (TL e o Teste de Elevação da Perna Estendida (TEPE, com os achados cirúrgicos nos pacientes com ciatalgia. MÉTODOS: 178 pacientes portadores de hérnia de disco lombar foram examinados previamente pelo autor através do TL e do TEPE. Os achados cirúrgicos foram anotados e comparados com os achados do exame clínico. RESULTADOS: Dos pacientes estudados, 162 (91% apresentaram TL positivo enquanto 118 (66,2% apresentaram a TEPE positivo. CONCLUSÃO: O TL foi a manobra diagnóstica pré-operatória mais sensível em correlação com a hérnia discal lombar.OBJETIVO: Investigar la correlación entre las maniobras de estiramiento del nervio ciático, como la Prueba de Lasègue (PL y la Prueba de Elevación de la Pierna Extendida (PEPE, con los resultados quirúrgicos en pacientes con ciática. MÉTODOS: 178 pacientes con hernia discal lumbar fueron examinados previamente por el autor mediante la PL y la PEPE. Los resultados quirúrgicos fueron registrados y comparados con los hallazgos en el examen clínico. RESULTADOS: De los pacientes estudiados, 162 (91% fueron positivos en la PL, mientras que 118 (66,2% presentaron PEPE positiva. CONCLUSIÓN: La PL fue la maniobra de diagnóstico preoperatorio más sensible en correlación con hernia discal lumbar.OBJECTIVE: To investigate the correlation between maneuversfor stretching the sciatic nerve, as the Lasègue Sign (LS and the Straight-Leg-Raising Test (SLRT, with surgical findings in patients with sciatica. METHODS: 178 patients with herniated lumbar disc were previously examined by the author through LS and SLRT. Surgical findings were recorded and compared with findings on clinical examination. RESULTS: Of the patients studied, 162 (91% had positive LS while 118 (66.2% were positive to SLRT. CONCLUSION: The LS was the most sensitive preoperative physical diagnostic test with respect

  10. Vestibular rehabilitation outcomes in the elderly with chronic vestibular dysfunction.

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    Bayat, Arash; Pourbakht, Akram; Saki, Nader; Zainun, Zuraida; Nikakhlagh, Soheila; Mirmomeni, Golshan

    2012-11-01

    Chronic vestibular dysfunction is a frustrating problem in the elderly and can have a tremendous impact on their life, but only a few studies are available. Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is an important therapeutic option for the neuro-otologist in treating patients with significant balance deficits. The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of vestibular rehabilitation on dizziness in elderly patients with chronic vestibular dysfunction. A total of 33 patients older than 60 years with chronic vestibular dysfunction were studied. Clinical and objective vestibular tests including videonystagmography (VNG) and dizziness handicap inventory (DHI) were carried out at their first visit, 2 weeks, and 8 weeks post-VRT. The VRT exercises were performed according to Cawthorne and Cooksey protocols. Oculomotor assessments were within normal limits in all patients. Nineteen patients (57.57%) showed abnormal canal paralysis on caloric testing which at follow-up sessions; CP values were decreased remarkably after VRT exercises. We found a significant improvement between pre-VRT and post-VRT total DHI scores (P < 0.001). This improvement was most prominent in functional subscore. Our study demonstrated that VRT is an effective therapeutic method for elderly patients with chronic vestibular dysfunction.

  11. Presbivértigo: ejercicios vestibulares Presbivertigo: vestibular exercises

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    Esther Bernal Valls; Víctor Faus Cuñat; Raquel Bernal Valls

    2006-01-01

    El uso de ejercicios en el tratamiento de pacientes con déficit vestibular crónico está incrementándose de forma notable, lo que evidencia que se trata de un procedimiento que resulta beneficioso para este tipo de pacientes. Los buenos resultados que se obtienen sugieren que los ejercicios vestibulares dan lugar a una estabilidad postural y a una disminución de la sensación de desequilibrio.The use of exercises in the treatment of patients with vestibular deficits is increasing in a represent...

  12. Relationship between serum concetrations of type III procollagen, hyluronic acid and histopathological findings in the liver of HCV-positive blood donors Relação entre concentrações séricas de procolágeno tipo III, ácido hialurônico com achados histopatológicos do fígado em doadores de sangue anti-HCV positivos

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    Vera Regina Rodrigues Camacho

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Serologic markers have been proposed for monitoring hepatic fibrosis in chronic liver disease. Among fibrosis markers, type III procollagen (PIIIP and hyaluronic acid have been studied in these patients. AIM: To evaluate the association between these serum markers with histological findings. METHODS: A prospective cross-sectional study was carried out with HCV-positive blood donors. The studied population included men and women whose age ranged from 18 to 60 years, with elevated liver function tests [ALT levels > 1.5 times the normal value and alterations of two or more of the following: any changes in the levels of ALT, aspartate aminotransferase, conjugated bilirrubin, gammaglobulin, gammaglutamyltranspeptidase, albumin, platelet count; alkaline phosphatase levels >1.5 times the normal value, or prothrombin time below 70% and above 60%]. Fourty-nine patients were submitted to liver biopsy, blood analysis of PIIIP, hyaluronic acid, besides liver function tests. RESULTS: Liver function tests were not associated with tissular fibrosis, as assessed by ALT (>1.5 times above normal, fibrosis risk=18.8%; RACIONAL: Marcadores sorológicos têm sido propostos para monitorar fibrose hepática em doença crônica do fígado. Dentre os marcadores de fibrose, ácido hialurônico e procolágeno tipo III têm sido estudados nestes pacientes. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a associação de marcadores séricos de fibrose com achados histológicos. MÉTODOS: Foi realizado estudo transversal prospectivo em doadores de sangue anti-HCV positivos. A população estudada incluiu homens e mulheres com idade entre 18-60 anos com provas de função hepática alteradas (níveis de alanina aminotransferase >1.5 vezes do normal e alterações de dois ou mais dos seguintes: qualquer alteração nos níveis de alanina aminotransferase, aspartato aminotransferase, bilirrubina conjugada, gamaglobulina, gamaglutamiltranspeptidase, albumina, plaquetas, níveis de fosfatase

  13. Consumidores de baixa renda: uma revisão dos achados de estudos feitos no Brasil

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    Marie Agnes Chauvel

    Full Text Available As famílias de classe C, D e E (Critério Econômico Brasil representam, aproximadamente, três quartos da população brasileira. Na década de 1990, esses consumidores começaram a despertar a atenção das empresas e dos estudiosos da área de marketing. Ainda assim, existem, até o momento, poucos estudos acadêmicos sobre esse tema. Este artigo se propõe efetuar uma revisão desses trabalhos, de cunho essencialmente descritivo e interpretativo, confrontando e discutindo seus achados dentro de uma perspectiva interpretativa. Seu objetivo é o de tentar avançar na interpretação dos resultados dessas pesquisas, buscando, assim, contribuir para a construção de novos estudos. O artigo está estruturado em torno dos temas abordados nos estudos analisados: classe social; gestão do orçamento; experiência da compra; e papel do preço e da marca nas decisões de compra. Traz, como conclusão, uma proposta de articulação dos elementos interpretativos encontrados nas pesquisas analisadas. Resumidamente, duas racionalidades parecem coexistir na formação das decisões de consumo: uma, "dura", material, derivada da escassez de recursos, que impõe uma racionalização estrita dos gastos; outra, de ordem simbólica, ancorada em elementos culturais e particularmente, nas dimensões relacionais e hierárquicas da sociedade brasileira, bem como em instituições de forte significado nessa sociedade, como a família e a religião.

  14. On visual-vestibular interaction

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    Young, L. R.

    1973-01-01

    Experimental evidence is presented regarding visual vestibular interaction, and the results of three studies on the subject are briefly noted. An attempt to put together some of these observations with elementary notions of a visual vestibular interaction program is shown in the form of a flow chart representation of a possible model. This is a nonlinear model in which visual and vestibular influences are linearly weighted when they are in relative agreement but switch to the more believable one when they are in disagreement. A solution to the human space orientation problem is depicted by a schema for optimal subjective orientation based on several sensory modalities.

  15. Presbivértigo: ejercicios vestibulares Presbivertigo: vestibular exercises

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    Esther Bernal Valls

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available El uso de ejercicios en el tratamiento de pacientes con déficit vestibular crónico está incrementándose de forma notable, lo que evidencia que se trata de un procedimiento que resulta beneficioso para este tipo de pacientes. Los buenos resultados que se obtienen sugieren que los ejercicios vestibulares dan lugar a una estabilidad postural y a una disminución de la sensación de desequilibrio.The use of exercises in the treatment of patients with vestibular deficits is increasing in a representative way, what evidences this is a profitable process for this kind of patients. The good results suggest that vestibular exercises permit a postural stability and a decrease in the perception of disequilibrium.

  16. Identifying the affected branches of vestibular nerve in vestibular neuritis.

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    Lin, Chi-Maw; Young, Yi-Ho

    2011-09-01

    The inner ear monitoring system is useful for identifying the affected branches of the vestibular nerve in cases of vestibular neuritis, providing insight about the interval for the relief of vertigo. This study conducted an inner ear monitoring system including audiometry, and caloric, ocular vestibular evoked myogenic potential (oVEMP), and cervical VEMP (cVEMP) tests in cases of vestibular neuritis for assessing the affected branches of the vestibular nerve. Twenty patients with vestibular neuritis underwent caloric, oVEMP, and cVEMP tests. Type I indicates that one of the three tests is abnormal; type II indicates that two test results are abnormal; and type III indicates that no test result is normal. All patients had normal hearing, bilaterally. Nineteen (95%) of 20 patients had abnormal caloric responses, 11 patients (55%) had abnormal oVEMPs, and 5 patients (25%) had abnormal cVEMPs. Restated, of all 20 patients, 8 patients were classified as type I, 9 were type II, and 3 were type III. The mean intervals between presentation and relief of vertigo were significantly different among the three types. One year after treatment, caloric, oVEMP, and cVEMP tests returned to normal responses in three (60%) of five patients.

  17. Vestibular rehabilitation with visual stimuli in peripheral vestibular disorders

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    Andréa Manso

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: Visual stimuli can induce vestibular adaptation and recovery of body balance. OBJECTIVE: To verify the effect of visual stimuli by digital images on vestibular and body balance rehabilitation of peripheral vestibular disorders. METHODS: Clinical, randomized, prospective study. Forty patients aged between 23 and 63 years with chronic peripheral vestibular disorders underwent 12 sessions of rehabilitation with visual stimuli using digital video disk (DVD (experimental group or Cawthorne-Cooksey exercises (control group. The Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI, dizziness analog scale, and the sensitized Romberg static balance and one-leg stance tests were applied before and after the intervention. RESULTS: Before and after the intervention, there was no difference between the experimental and control groups (p > 0.005 regarding the findings of DHI, dizziness analog scale, and static balance tests. After the intervention, the experimental and control groups showed lower values (p < 0.05 in the DHI and the dizziness analog scale, and higher values (p < 0.05 in the static balance tests in some of the assessed conditions. CONCLUSION: The inclusion of visual stimuli by digital images on vestibular and body balance rehabilitation is effective in reducing dizziness and improving quality of life and postural control in individuals with peripheral vestibular disorders.

  18. Task, muscle and frequency dependent vestibular control of posture

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    Forbes, P.A.; Siegmund, G.P.; Schouten, A.C.; Blouin, J.S.

    2015-01-01

    The vestibular system is crucial for postural control; however there are considerable differences in the task dependence and frequency response of vestibular reflexes in appendicular and axial muscles. For example, vestibular reflexes are only evoked in appendicular muscles when vestibular

  19. Vestibular hearing and neural synchronization.

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    Emami, Seyede Faranak; Daneshi, Ahmad

    2012-01-01

    Objectives. Vestibular hearing as an auditory sensitivity of the saccule in the human ear is revealed by cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (cVEMPs). The range of the vestibular hearing lies in the low frequency. Also, the amplitude of an auditory brainstem response component depends on the amount of synchronized neural activity, and the auditory nerve fibers' responses have the best synchronization with the low frequency. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate correlation between vestibular hearing using cVEMPs and neural synchronization via slow wave Auditory Brainstem Responses (sABR). Study Design. This case-control survey was consisted of twenty-two dizzy patients, compared to twenty healthy controls. Methods. Intervention comprised of Pure Tone Audiometry (PTA), Impedance acoustic metry (IA), Videonystagmography (VNG), fast wave ABR (fABR), sABR, and cVEMPs. Results. The affected ears of the dizzy patients had the abnormal findings of cVEMPs (insecure vestibular hearing) and the abnormal findings of sABR (decreased neural synchronization). Comparison of the cVEMPs at affected ears versus unaffected ears and the normal persons revealed significant differences (P < 0.05). Conclusion. Safe vestibular hearing was effective in the improvement of the neural synchronization.

  20. Vestibular findings in fibromyalgia patients

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    Zeigelboim, Bianca Simone

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available 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: Evaluate 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.

  1. Predictors of development of chronic vestibular insufficiency after vestibular neuritis.

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    Adamec, Ivan; Krbot Skorić, Magdalena; Ozretić, David; Habek, Mario

    2014-12-15

    To evaluate the role of clinical parameters, MRI and ocular VEMP (oVEMP) and cervical VEMP (cVEMP) as predictors of development of chronic vestibular insufficiency after vestibular neuritis. Twenty-six patients with vestibular neuritis were included: 15 patients (58%) showed complete clinical recovery, and 11 patients (41%) were diagnosed with the syndrome of chronic vestibular insufficiency. Clinical parameters (vomiting, nystagmus, postural stability, and nausea) were assessed at diagnosis. MRI was performed within 3 months and VEMP within 6 days and at 1 year after the initial presentation. The amplitude asymmetry ratio (AR) was calculated using the following formula: AR=((healthy side-affected side)/(healthy side+affected side) × 100). Of all studied parameters, only chronic white matter supratentorial lesions present on brain MRI negatively correlated with clinical recovery (Phi coefficient=-0.637, p=0.001). The logistic regression analysis showed that positive brain MRI and older age reduced odds for clinical recovery. There was no correlation between clinical recovery and oVEMP AR recovery between groups (p=0.781). Seven patients showed improvement, and 19 showed worsening on oVEMP AR after a 1-year follow-up. Statistical regression model for predicting the outcome of clinical recovery using asymmetry score recovery, as an independent variable, was not statistically significant. Older age and chronic white matter lesions on brain MRI are positive predictors of development of chronic vestibular insufficiency after vestibular neuritis. VEMPs are not useful in predicting the development of chronic vestibular insufficiency. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Leitura em língua estrangeira: entre o ensino médio e o vestibular Reading in a foreign language: from secondary education to university admission exams

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    Gretel Eres Fernández

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo parte de uma breve discussão sobre o papel da compreensão leitora em língua estrangeira - espanhol - nos cursos de idiomas, bem como sobre as concepções de leitura que subjazem em alguns documentos oficiais, como no Quadro comum europeu de referência para as línguas: aprendizagem, ensino e avaliação e nos Parâmetros Curriculares Nacionais, tanto para o ensino médio quanto para o ensino fundamental. Num segundo momento, tecem-se comentários acerca de como a compreensão leitora é avaliada em alguns exames de vestibular em língua estrangeira. Nossa hipótese inicial centrava-se na existência de coerência entre as orientações oficiais, o que efetivamente deveria ser valorizado nas aulas de idiomas do ensino médio e o conhecimento exigido dos candidatos nas provas de seleção para ingresso em cursos superiores. Nossas análises revelaram, entretanto, uma discrepância significativa entre os três pontos tomados como referência: embora as diretrizes postulem que o ensino de idiomas deva valorizar o desenvolvimento da competência comunicativa dos aprendizes, é freqüente a prevalência - seja nas aulas, seja nos exames seletivos - de uma concepção tradicionalista do ensino de línguas estrangeiras, que privilegia o conhecimento lingüístico pautado no domínio da metalinguagem e de regras gramaticais, assim como no conhecimento lexical. A ênfase nesses aspectos gera, como uma de suas conseqüências, a restrição significativa da função da compreensão leitora na medida em que o texto assume a função de um simples pretexto para a aferição dos conhecimentos lingüísticos dos candidatos, o que sugere a necessidade de realizar pesquisas específicas destinadas a detectar as causas das divergências constatadas e a apontar caminhos que possam evitá-las ou, ao menos, minimizá-las.The present study starts with a brief discussion about the role of reading comprehension in a foreign language - Spanish

  3. Vestibular Schwannoma (Acoustic Neuroma) and Neurofibromatosis

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    ... Infections, and Deafness Vestibular Schwannoma (Acoustic Neuroma) and Neurofibromatosis On this page: What is a vestibular schwannoma ( ... are usually associated with a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2). Half of affected individuals have ...

  4. Differential diagnosis and treatment of vestibular vertigo

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    Vladimir Anatolyevich Parfenov

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Vertigo is a common complaint that leads patients to visit physicians of various specialties. Diseases resulting in vestibular vertigo are very diverse and may be caused by lesion of both the central parts of the vestibular system and the peripheral vestibular apparatus. In many cases, its diagnosis can be made from complaints and a history of disease and special bedside tests requiring no sophisticated equipment. Management of vestibular vertigo should aim at treating the underlying disease; vestibular dilators as symptomatic therapy can be effective for several days. Vestibular exercises the efficiency of which can be enhanced by betahistine and other drugs accelerating vestibular compensation should be further needed. Data on the efficacy of betaver (betahistine in patients with vestibular vertigo are given.

  5. [Inferior vestibular neuritis: diagnosis using VEMP].

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    Walther, L E; Repik, I

    2012-02-01

    Vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP) are a new method to establish the functional status of the otolith organs. The sacculocollic reflex of the cervical VEMP to air conduction (AC) reflects predominantly saccular function due to saccular afferents to the inferior vestibular nerve. We describe a case of inferior vestibular neuritis as a rare differential diagnosis of vestibular neuritis. Clinical signs were a normal caloric response, unilaterally absent AC cVEMPs and bilaterally preserved ocular VEMPs (AC oVEMPs).

  6. Aging of the Human Vestibular System

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    Aging affects every sensory system in the body, including the vestibular system. Although its impact is often difficult to quantify, the deleterious impact of aging on the vestibular system is serious both medically and economically. The deterioration of the vestibular sensory end organs has been known since the 1970s; however, the measurable impact from these anatomical changes remains elusive. Tests of vestibular function either fall short in their ability to quantify such anatomical deteri...

  7. Diagnosis and clinic-pathological findings of influenza virus infection in Brazilian pigs Diagnóstico, achados clínicos e patológicos da infecção pelo vírus influenza em suínos no Brasil

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    Daniela S. Rajão

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    Full Text Available Influenza A virus (IAV is a respiratory pathogen of pigs and is associated with the porcine respiratory disease complex (PRDC, along with other respiratory infectious agents. The aim of this study was to diagnose and to perform a clinic-pathological characterization of influenza virus infection in Brazilian pigs. Lung samples from 86 pigs in 37 farrow-to-finish and two farrow-to-feeder operations located in the States of Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, and Mato Grosso were studied. Virus detection was performed by virus isolation and quantitative real time reverse-transcription PCR (qRT-PCR. Pathologic examination and immunohistochemistry (IHC were performed in 60 lung formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue fragments. Affected animals showed coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, hyperthermia, inactivity, apathy, anorexia, weight loss and growth delay, which lasted for five to 10 days. Influenza virus was isolated from 31 (36.0% lung samples and 36 (41.9% were positive for qRT-PCR. Thirty-eight (63.3% lung samples were positive by IHC and the most frequent microscopic lesion observed was inflammatory infiltrate in the alveoli, bronchiole, or bronchi wall or lumen (76.7%. These results indicate that influenza virus is circulating and causing disease in pigs in several Brazilian states.O vírus influenza A (IAV é um patógeno respiratório comum de suínos e faz parte do complexo de doenças respiratórias do suíno (PRDC junto com outros agentes infecciosos. O objetivo deste estudo foi diagnosticar e realizar a caracterização clínica e patológica de casos/surtos de influenza em suínos brasileiros. Foram utilizadas amostras de tecido pulmonar de 86 suínos de 37 granjas de ciclo completo e duas unidades produtoras de leitões localizadas em Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina e Mato Grosso. A detecção viral em fragmentos pulmonares frescos foi realizada através do

  8. [Vestibular-spinal reflex in patients with vestibular-ataxic syndrome of different genesis].

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    Kuznetsova, E A; Iakupov, E Z

    2010-01-01

    The article presents the results of investigation of vestibular-spinal reflex (vestibular myogenic evoked potentials) in healthy subjects and patients with vestibular-ataxic syndrome. The inhibition of vestibular-spinal reflex with the P13 latency increase was shown to be the most characteristic of demyelinating and traumatic brain diseases. The P13 latency increase was not pathognomic for any disease of the nervous system but was indicative of conduction delay in vestibular-spinal tracts.

  9. Recovery of Vestibular Ocular Reflex Function and Balance Control after a Unilateral Peripheral Vestibular Deficit

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    Allum, J. H. J.

    2012-01-01

    This review describes the effect of unilateral peripheral vestibular deficit (UPVD) on balance control for stance and gait tests. Because a UPVD is normally defined based on vestibular ocular reflex (VOR) tests, we compared recovery observed in balance control with patterns of recovery in VOR function. Two general types of UPVD are considered; acute vestibular neuritis (AVN) and vestibular neurectomy. The latter was subdivided into vestibular loss after cerebellar pontine angle tumor surgery ...

  10. The parietal lobe and the vestibular system.

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    Dieterich, Marianne; Brandt, Thomas

    2018-01-01

    The vestibular cortex differs in various ways from other sensory cortices. It consists of a network of several distinct and separate temporoparietal areas. Its core region, the parietoinsular vestibular cortex (PIVC), is located in the posterior insula and retroinsular region and includes the parietal operculum. The entire network is multisensory (in particular, vestibular, visual, and somatosensory). The peripheral and central vestibular systems are bilaterally organized; there are various pontomesencephalic brainstem crossings and at least two transcallosal connections of both hemispheres, between the PIVC and the motion-sensitive visual cortex areas, which also mediate vestibular input. Structural and functional vestibular dominance characterizes the right hemisphere in right-handers and the left hemisphere in left-handers. This explains why right-hemispheric lesions in right-handers more often generally cause hemispatial neglect and the pusher syndrome, both of which involve vestibular function. Vestibular input also contributes to cognition and may determine individual lateralization of brain functions such as handedness. Bilateral organization is a major key to understanding cortical functions and disorders, for example, the visual-vestibular interaction that occurs in spatial orientation. Although the vestibular cortex is represented in both hemispheres, there is only one global percept of body position and motion. The chiefly vestibular aspects of the multiple functions and disorders of the parietal lobe dealt with in this chapter cannot be strictly separated from various multisensory vestibular functions within the entire brain. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Achados neurológicos e laboratoriais em população de área endêmica para teníase-cisticercose, Lagamar, MG, Brasil (1992-1993 Neurologic and laboratory findings in population of endemic area for teniasis-cysticercosis, Lagamar, MG, Brazil (1992-1993

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    Full Text Available Realizou-se um inquérito clínico-epidemiológico em área endêmica para teníase-cisticercose. Foram examinados 1080 (32,2% indivíduos da população total, encontrando-se 198 (18,3% indivíduos referindo antecedente de teníase, e 103 (9,5% apresentaram história anterior ou atual de convulsões. Destes últimos, 39 (37,8% referiram início das crises na vida adulta, e 62 (60% foram avaliados laboratorialmente. Em 21 (33,8% casos, o resultado da tomografia mostrou calcificações intracranianas compatíveis com neurocisticercose, em número e localização variáveis, mas sem evidência de atividade da doença. Traçados eletroencefalográficos anormais foram lidos em 21 (33,8% pacientes e alterações no exame do líquido cefalorraquiano (LCR detectadas em 27 (43,5%, em 3 (4,8% foi verificada presença de eosinófilos. Somente LCR de 26 (41,9% pacientes foram submetidos a pesquisa de anticorpos para cisticerco, obtendo-se positividade em 6 (23% deles, por ensaio imunoenzimático (ELISA ou reação de imunofluorescência indireta. Outras alterações do LCR foram devidas a aumento variável das proteínas. Considerando-se os fatores epidemiológicos de risco para teníase-cisticercose na região estudada e sua correlação com as alterações laboratoriais mencionadas acima com as crises convulsivas, encontra-se uma provável prevalência de 1,9% para a neurocisticercose.A clinic-epidemiological enquiry was conducted on in an endemic area for teniasis-cysticercosis. From the whole population 1080 (32.2% individuals were examined. We found 198 (18.3% individuals refering teniasis-bearing in the past, and 103 (9.5% affirming to have had convulsions, either in the past or present. From the last group, 39 (37.8% indicated that the crisis had begun in adulthood. From the group of patients presenting convulsions, 62 (62% had laboratory tests performed. Computed tomography showed intracranial calcifications in 21 (33.8% patients, variable in

  12. Bone tissue microscopic findings related to the use of diode laser (830etam in ovine mandible submitted to distraction osteogenesis Achados microscópicos no tecido ósseo relacionados à utilização do laser diodo (830etam em mandíbulas de ovelhas submetidas à distração osteogênica

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    Arlei Cerqueira

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To analyze the microscopic characteristics of the effect of Gallium-Aluminum Arsenid diode laser (GaAlAs - 830etam applied during the activation and consolidation period to ovine mandibles submitted to distraction osteogenesis. METHODS: Eighteen sheep underwent surgery in order to have bone distractors implanted in the left side of the jaw area. They were divided into three groups: 1 - Control; 2 - Laser irradiation during the activation period; 3 - Laser irradiation during the fixation period. The irradiation was carried out in five sessions, on every other day, with 4,0J/cm² doses applied to four pre-established areas, totaling 16J per session. After four days of latency under post-operative care, ten days of distractor activation (at 1mm/day and twenty-one days of fixation the animals were sacrificed and the devices removed for microscopic analysis. RESULTS: The groups that received laser irradiation (GaAlAs presented a greater amount of mineralized bone trabeculae when compared to the Control Group. Despite that, cartilaginous tissues were also found in Group 2. CONCLUSION: The laser has been more favorable when used in the consolidation period, after bone elongation.OBJETIVO: Avaliar as características microscópicas do efeito do laser diodo de Arsenieto de Gálio-Alumínio (AsGaAl - 830etam, aplicado no período de ativação e consolidação de mandíbulas de ovelhas submetidas a distração osteogênica. MÉTODOS: Dezoito ovinos foram submetidos a procedimento cirúrgico para colocação de distrator ósseo em região de mandíbula do lado esquerdo, sendo divididos em três grupos: 1 - Controle; 2 - Irradiação de laser no período de ativação; 3 - Irradiação de laser no período de contenção. As irradiações foram feitas em cinco seções em dias alternados, com doses de 4,0J/cm² em quatro pontos pré-determinados, somando 16J por seção. Após quatro dias de latência no pós-operatório, 10 dias de ativação do

  13. Stereotactic radiotherapy for vestibular schwannoma

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    Muzevic, Dario; Legcevic, Jelena; Splavski, Bruno

    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...

  14. [Infrared videonystagmography in vestibular diagnosis].

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    Frisina, A; Piazza, F; Quaranta, N

    2000-01-01

    Vestibular examination relied upon electronystagmography (ENG) for more than 50 years. This method is based on recording of nystagmus (Ny) without any possibility to see the ocular movements directly. More recently, infrared videonystagmography (VNG) entered the diagnostic protocol of vestibular disorders. VNG permits to record and visualize Ny, both in the darkness and with open eyes. Aim of the present study was to verify the possible advantages of VNG versus ENG for functional evaluation of the vestibular system in patients suffering from otoneurological disorders. To that purpose, VNG and ENG tracings were recorded in 12 patients. The preliminary results show that there are not significant differences in quantitative evaluation of Ny between the two methods. Anyhow, VNG has some technical and clinical advantages that make it the method of choice.

  15. Endometriose intestinal simulando os achados clínicos e cirúrgicos da doença de Crohn

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    Orivaldo Alves Barbosa

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    Full Text Available Introdução: A endometriose é caracterizada pelo implante extrauterino de tecido endometrial funcionante. A faixa etária de acometimento é de 25 a 30 anos, estimando-se que esteja presente em 10 a 15% das mulheres em idade reprodutiva, raramente acometendo o trato gastrointestinal. Relato do caso: Descreve-se um caso de uma paciente com sintomas de dor abdominal e alteração do hábito intestinal que evoluiu com semioclusão intestinal. Os achados endoscópicos foram sugestivos de Doença Inflamatória Intestinal, obtendo-se o diagnóstico de endometriose após avaliação de segmento de delgado. Conclusão: Seguiu-se com uma breve revisão de literatura sobre endometriose intestinal, concluindo a importância deste diagnóstico diferencial de doença inflamatória, especialmente em mulheres na idade fértil.

  16. O que dizem os achados das Pesquisas Empíricas sobre o teste de impairment: uma análise dos Journals em língua inglesa - What the Empirical Research findings tell about impairment test: an analysis of english Journals

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    Fabiana Zandonai

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available O caráter obrigatório da adoção do fair value nas normas internacionais enseja a utilização do teste de impairment. No Brasil, o tema é muito recente, porém vem ganhando relevância, neste ponto, destaca-se pronunciamento técnico CPC 01, em que aborda o teste de impairment para verificação da perda de recuperabilidade de ativos. Numa verificação em congressos e revistas nacionais constatou-se que existem apenas quatro estudos sobre o tema em língua portuguesa. Assim, este estudo objetivou analisar as pesquisas empíricas sobre o teste de impairment publicadas nas principais revistas acadêmicas de língua inglesa nos últimos oito anos. Trata-se de uma pesquisa descritiva, com procedimento bibliográfico, abordando o problema de forma qualitativa. Pode ser considerado um trabalho bibliométrico, contudo se diferencia por se ater especificamente nas características substantivas e não nos aspectos quantitativos da amostra. A pesquisa encontrou 62 artigos científicos sobre o tema proposto, porém, apenas 13 foram analisados por serem caracterizados como empíricos. Isto demonstra que mesmo em outros países, onde a norma sobre impairment está em vigor há mais tempo, ainda existem poucas pesquisas empíricas sobre o tema. A análise específica demonstra, entre outras coisas, que a abordagem do tema relacionado ao goodwill e empresas de óleo e gás tem se destacado. The mandatory adoption of fair value in international accounting standards requires the use of impairment test.In Brazil this is a recent theme, but it has become relevant, especially with pronouncement CPC 01 that addresses impairment test in case of checking the recoverable amount of assets. In a research in national congress and journals we found only four articles in Portuguese. So, our research aims to analyze empirical research about impairment test on the main English academic journals in the last eight years. It’s a descriptive research, with a library

  17. Size at birth and blood pressure in young adults: findings from a Brazilian birth cohort study Tamaño al nacer y presión arterial en adultos jóvenes: resultados de una cohorte de nacimientos brasileña Tamanho ao nascer e pressão arterial em adultos jovens: achados de uma coorte de nascimentos brasileira

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    Viviane Cunha Cardoso

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Describir la prevalencia de presión arterial limítrofe (PAL e hipertensión (HT entre adultos jóvenes y evaluar la asociación entre tamaño al nacer y PAL/HT. MÉTODOS: : Los datos fueron colectados en el primer estudio de cohorte de nacimientos brasileño en Ribeirao Preto (sureste de Brasil, iniciado en 1978/79. De 6.827 recién nacidos de parto único hospitalario, 2.060 fueron evaluados a los 23/25 años. Se realizaron colecta de sangre, evaluación antropométrica y obtenidas informaciones sobre ocupación, escolaridad, hábitos de vida y enfermedades crónicas. Presión arterial (PA fue clasificada en: 1 PAL: PA sistólica (PAS ≥ 130 y OBJETIVO: Descrever a prevalência de pressão arterial limítrofe (PAL e hipertensão (HT entre adultos jovens e avaliar a associação entre tamanho ao nascer e PAL/HT. MÉTODOS: Dados foram coletados do primeiro estudo brasileiro de coorte de nascimentos em Ribeirão Preto (sudeste do Brasil, iniciado em 1978/79. De 6.827 recém-nascidos de parto único hospitalar, 2.060 foram avaliados aos 23/25 anos. Foram realizadas coleta de sangue, avaliação antropométrica e obtidas informações sobre ocupação, escolaridade, hábitos de vida e doenças crônicas. Pressão arterial (PA foi classificada em: 1 PAL: PA sistólica (PAS ≥ 130 e < 140 mm Hg e/ou PA diastólica (PAD ≥ 85 e < 90 mmHg; 2 HT: PAS ≥ 140 e/ou PAD ≥ 90 mm Hg. Foi aplicado modelo de regressão logística politômica. RESULTADOS: A prevalência de PAL foi de 13,5% (homens 23,2% e a de HT, 9,5% (homens 17,7%. PAL foi independentemente associada com sexo masculino (RR 8,84; IC95%: 6,09;12,82, comprimento ao nascer ≥ 50 cm (RR 1,97; 1,04; 3,73, índice de massa corporal (IMC ≥ 30 kg/m² (RR 3,23; 2,02; 5,15 e circunferência de cintura alterada (RR 1,61; 1,13;2,29, enquanto HT associou-se com sexo masculino (RR 15,18; 8,92;25,81, IMC ≥ 30 kg/m² (RR 3,68; 2,23;6,06, circunferência de cintura alterada (RR 2,68; 1

  18. Renal and urinary findings in 20 patients with Williams-Beuren syndrome diagnosed by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH Achados renais e urinários em 20 pacientes com síndrome de Williams-Beuren diagnosticados pelo teste de hibridização in situ por fluoresceína (FISH

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    Sofia Mizuho Miura Sugayama

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: Williams-Beuren syndrome is a rare multiple anomalies/mental retardation syndrome caused by deletion of contiguous genes at chromosome region 7q11.23. The aim of this work was to determine the frequency and the types of renal and urinary tract anomalies in 20 patients with Williams-Beuren syndrome. METHODS: The fluorescence in situ hybridization test using a LSI Williams syndrome region DNA probe was performed for all 20 patients to confirm the diagnosis of Williams-Beuren syndrome. A prospective study was performed in order to investigate renal and urinary aspects using laboratory assays to check renal function, ultrasonography of the kidneys and urinary tract, voiding cystourethrogram and urodynamics. RESULTS: Deletion of the elastin gene (positive fluorescence in situ hybridization test was found in 17 out of 20 patients. Renal alterations were diagnosed in 5 of 17 (29% the patients with the deletion and in 1 of 3 patients without the deletion. Fourteen patients with the deletion presented dysfunctional voiding. Arterial hypertension was diagnosed in 3 patients with deletions and 1 of these presented bilateral stenosis of the renal arteries. CONCLUSIONS: Due to the high incidence of renal and urinary abnormalities in Williams-Beuren syndrome, performing a systematic laboratory and sonographic evaluation of the patients is recommended.OBJETIVO: A síndrome de Williams-Beuren é uma rara síndrome de deleção de genes contíguos que cursa com múltiplas anomalias congênitas, deficiência mental e anomalias renais e urinárias. O objetivo deste trabalho foi determinar a freqüência e os tipos de anomalias renais e urinárias em 20 pacientes com síndrome de Williams-Beuren diagnosticados pelo teste de hibridização in situ por fluorescência. MÉTODOS: Estudou-se prospectivamente os aspectos renais e urinários através de avaliação laboratorial da função renal, ultrassonografia de rins e vias urinárias, uretrocistografia

  19. Técnica de interligação extracapsular fêmoro-fabelo-tibial na ruptura do ligamento cruzado cranial em cães: achados clínicos e radiográficos Extracapsular femoro-fabelo-tibial inter-connection technique used in dogs with cranial cruciate ligament rupture: clinical and radiographic findings

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    Durval Baraúna Júnior

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar os resultados da técnica de interligação extracapsular fêmoro-fabelo-tibial, como forma de tratamento da ruptura do ligamento cruzado cranial (RLCC espontânea em cães, utilizando para isto avaliações clínicas e radiográficas. Neste estudo, foram operados 13 cães, divididos em dois grupos: ruptura unilateral (RU e ruptura bilateral (RB. O peso variou entre 2,3 e 53kg (mediana 6,7kg e o intervalo entre a suspeita da lesão observada pelos proprietários e os procedimentos cirúrgicos variaram entre três e 365 dias (média de 123 dias. Em nenhum dos 13 joelhos operados foram observadas complicações transoperatórias. Após 30 dias de pós-operatório, os dois grupos apresentaram diferença estatisticamente significante (P=0,05 nos parâmetros funcionais avaliados, com exceção da dor e disposição para levantar o membro contralateral no grupo de cães com ruptura bilateral. Ao exame radiográfico nos dias zero e 180, a evolução das alterações degenerativas foi observada em 84,6% dos casos. A técnica de interligação extracapsular fêmoro-fabelo-tibial é eficiente na estabilização imediata da articulação com RLCC, oferecendo recuperação funcional ao reduzir o deslocamento cranial e a rotação interna da tíbia, porém não impede a progressão da osteoartrite.This study was aimed at evaluating the results of extracapsular femoro-fabelo-tibial inter-connection technique, for the treatment of spontaneous cranial cruciate ligament rupture (CCLR in dogs, using for this purpose clinical and radiographic evaluation. In this study 13 dogs allocated in two groups were operated: unilateral rupture (RU and bilateral rupture (RB. The weight ranged between 2.3 and 53kg (median 6.7kg and the interval between the suspect of lesion observed by the owners and the surgical procedures ranged between three and 365 days (mean 123 days. None of the operated knee were observed intra

  20. Prevalence of broncopulmonary and otorhinolaryngologic symptoms in children under investigation for gastroesophageal reflux disease: retrospective analysis Prevalência de achados broncopulmonares e otorrinolaringológicos em crianças sob investigação de doença do refluxo gastroesofágico: análise retrospectiva

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    Victor José Barbosa Santos

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD is a common ailment in children, adding up to the evidence that gastroesophageal reflux is an important cofactor in upper airway disorders, especially in the pediatric population. It is very common for it to impact the upper and lower airways. Our goal was to assess the presence of otorhinolaryngological symptoms in children aged between one and twelve years in whom gastroesophageal reflux is suspected. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We assessed data from the charts of patients up to 12 years of age submitted to 24 hour pH measuring of one of two channels, placed at 2 and 5 cm from the LEE in order to confirm the diagnosis of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. RESULTS: We studied 143 charts from children who underwent 24 hour pH measuring to investigate GERD; however, only 65 were included. The most prevalent symptoms in the children were bronchopulmonary, found in 89.2%, of sinonasal symptoms (72.3%, otologic (46.1% and repetition UAW infections (44.6%. When we compared the presence of each group of symptoms of the results from the pH measuring, no significant differences were found between the symptoms and the pH measuring results. CONCLUSION: GERD can manifest in different ways and otorhinolaryngological symptoms are frequent in children.A Doença do Refluxo Gastroesofágico (DRGE é uma afecção comum na infância, aumentando as evidências de que o refluxo gastroesofágico seja um cofator importante que contribui para as desordens de vias aéreas, principalmente na população pediátrica. É muito comum serem observadas manifestações em vias aéreas superiores e inferiores. Nosso objetivo é avaliar a presença de sintomas otorrinolaringológicos em crianças com idade de um a 12 anos e suspeita de doença do refluxo gastroesofágico. MATERIAIS E MÉTODO: Foram avaliados dados de prontuários de pacientes de até 12 anos submetidos à pHmetria de 24 horas de um ou dois canais, locados a 2 e 5 cm do EEI para

  1. Pre-operative vestibular pattern and balance compensation after vestibular schwannoma surgery.

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    Parietti-Winkler, C; Gauchard, G C; Simon, C; Perrin, P P

    2011-01-13

    This longitudinal study aimed to assess the sensorimotor balance strategies before and after vestibular schwannoma (VS) surgery according to the degree of pre-operative vestibular lesion. Thirty-eight VS patients were split in three groups according to caloric vestibular test results before surgery; nine had a symmetrical vestibular response (vestibular normoreflexy), 19 with a decreased response of more than 20% of the affected side (vestibular hyporeflexy) and 10 with an absent caloric response on the side of the affected labyrinth (vestibular areflexy). They underwent pendular rotary vestibular testing (RVT), allowing to evaluate gain and directional preponderance of the vestibulo-ocular reflex, and a sensory organisation test (SOT), evaluating balance control in six conditions (C1 to C6). These tests were performed shortly before, and 8 and 90 days after surgery. Directional preponderance performances of patients with vestibular normoreflexy or hyporeflexy followed a classical time-course with a huge asymmetry just after surgery and a recovery to pre-operative performances at 90 days; patients with vestibular areflexy were relatively stable in time. Variation in SOT performances of patients with vestibular normoreflexy, especially in the more complex C4 to C6, followed a classical time-course with an important postural degradation just after surgery and a recovery to pre-operative performances at 90 days. Patients with vestibular areflexy showed no balance degradation just after surgery and a marked increase in performances at 90 days after surgery, especially in C5 and C6. Performances of patients with vestibular hyporeflexy were intermediate, close to performances of patients with vestibular normoreflexy before surgery and close to performances of patients with vestibular areflexy at 8 and 90 days after surgery. Pre-operative vestibular function alteration triggers an adaptive process, characterized by a restoration of the symmetry of the vestibular nuclei

  2. Enxaqueca associada a disfunção auditivo-vestibular Migraine associated with auditory-vestibular dysfunction

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    Renato Cal

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available A associação de distúrbios da audição e equilíbrio com enxaqueca é reconhecida desde a Grécia antiga quando Aretaeus da Capadócia em 131 a.C., fez uma descrição precisa e com detalhes desta ocorrência durante uma crise de enxaqueca. Uma revisão ampla das manifestações otoneurológicas da enxaqueca é apresentada, usando as mais recentes publicações com respeito à epidemiologia, apresentação clínica, fisiopatologia, métodos diagnósticos e manejo desta síndrome. OBJETIVO: Descrever a entidade clínica "Enxaqueca associada a Disfunção Auditivo-vestibular" no intuito de ajudar médicos otorrinolaringologistas e neurologistas no diagnóstico e no manejo clínico dessa doença. COMENTÁRIOS FINAIS: Uma forte associação existe entre sintomas otoneurológicos e enxaqueca, sendo a enxaqueca associada a disfunção auditivo-vestibular a causa mais comum de vertigem episódica espontânea (não-posicional. Os sintomas podem variar bastante entre pacientes tornando um desafio diagnóstico para o otorrinolaringologista. Esta entidade geralmente se apresenta com ataques de vertigem espontâneos ou posicionais, durando de segundos a dias com sintomas de enxaqueca associados. Uma melhor elucidação da ligação entre os mecanismos vestibulares centrais e os mecanismos da enxaqueca em si, além da descoberta de defeitos em canais iônicos em algumas causas de enxaqueca, ataxia e vertigem, podem levar a um entendimento maior da fisiopatologia da enxaqueca associada a disfunção auditivo-vestibular.The association between hearing and balance disorders with migraine is known since the times of the ancient Greeks, when Aretaeus from Cappadocia in 131 B.C, made an accurate and detailed description of this occurrence during a migraine episode. We present a broad review of migraine neurotological manifestations, using the most recent publications associated with epidemiology, clinical presentation, pathophysiology, diagnostic methods and

  3. Perspectival Structure and Vestibular Processing

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    Alsmith, Adrian John Tetteh

    2016-01-01

    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...

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Achados oculares em crianças de zero a seis anos de idade, residentes na cidade de São Caetano do Sul, SP Ocular findings in children between 0 and 6 years of age, residing in the city of São Caetano do Sul, SP

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    Sandra Maria Canelas Beer

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar a prevalência de erros refrativos, estrabismo, ambliopia e anisometropia nas crianças pertencentes à população em estudo, utilizando dois métodos de rastreamento (triagem na escola e triagem durante o dia da vacinação contra a poliomielite. MÉTODOS: Foram examinadas 2.640 crianças, residentes da cidade de São Caetano do Sul, entre zero e seis anos de idade, divididas em duas amostras (A e B. A amostra A consistiu de 476 crianças que foram examinadas por dez oftalmologistas e onze técnicos oftálmicos, durante o Dia Nacional de Vacinação (20 de junho de 1998 contra a Poliomielite. A amostra B consistiu de 2.164 crianças que freqüentavam escolas municipais, entre quatro e seis anos de idade e foram examinadas por dois oftalmologistas durante o ano de 1998. RESULTADOS: Na amostra A, a prevalência de estrabismo foi de 3,36% e de anisometropia foi de 1,26%. O principal tipo de erro refrativo encontrado foi a hipermetropia PURPOSE: To establish the prevalence of refractive errors, strabismus, amblyopia and anisometropia, among children in a population, using two methods of screening (at school and at the National Polio Vaccination Day. METHODS: We examined 2,640 children, between 0 and 6 years of age. The children, residents of the city São Caetano do Sul, were divided into two groups (A and B. Group A: 476 children, with an age range of a few months to 6 years, had their eyes examined by 10 ophthalmologists and 11 ophthalmology technicians, during the National Polio Vaccination Day (June 20,1998. Group B: 2,164 children attending municipal schools (EMEIs and EMIs, between 4 and 6 years of age, who had their eyes examined by two ophthalmologists during the year of 1998. RESULTS: In group A, the prevalence of strabismus was 3.36% and that of anisometropia was 1.26%. The most common type of refractive error was hypermetropia £ 2D and 14.11% required optical prescription. In group B, the prevalence of strabismus

  7. A retrospective study of histopathological findings in 894 cases of megacolon: what is the relationship between megacolon and colonic cancer? Um estudo retrospectivo dos achados histopatológicos em 894 casos de megacólon: qual é a relação entre megacólon e o câncer de cólon?

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    Sérgio Britto Garcia

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available Patients with megaesophagus (ME have increased prevalence of cancer of the esophagus. In contrast, a higher incidence of colorectal cancer is not observed in patients with megacolon (MC. MC is very common in some regions of Brazil, where it is mainly associated with Chagas disease. We reviewed the pathology records of surgical specimens of all patients submitted for surgical resection of MC in the Hospital das Clínicas of the Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto (HC-FMRP, from the University of São Paulo. We found that 894 patients were operated from 1952 until 2001 for MC resection. Mucosal ulcers, hyperplasia and chronic inflammation were frequently found, while polyps were uncommon. No patients with MC presented any type of colonic neoplasm. This observation reinforces the hypothesis that MC has a negative association with cancer of the colon. This seems to contradict the traditional concept of carcinogenesis in the colon, since patients with MC presents important chronic constipation that is thought to cause an increase in risk for colon cancer. MC is also associated with other risk factors for cancer of colon, such as hyperplasia, mucosal ulcers and chronic inflammation. In ME these factors lead to a remarkable increase in cancer risk. The study of mucosal cell proliferation in MC may provide new insights and useful information about the role of constipation in colonic carcinogenesis.Pacientes com megaesôfago (ME possuem incidência aumentada de câncer de esôfago. Em contraste, há poucos relatos na literatura de associação entre megacólon (MC e câncer de cólon. O MC é muito comum em algumas regiões do Brasil, e na maioria das vezes, está associado à Doença de Chagas. Nós reavaliamos os arquivos de patologia de peças cirúrgicas de todos os pacientes submetidos à ressecção de MC no Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto (HC-FMRP, da Universidade de São Paulo. Encontramos o número de 894

  8. Prevalência de achados radiográficos da neurofibromatose tipo 1: estudo de 82 casos

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    Muniz Marcos Pontes

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available A neurofibromatose tipo 1 é uma das enfermidades genéticas mais comuns da espécie humana com padrão de herança autossômica dominante. As alterações radiológicas encontradas com maior freqüência são: escoliose, cifose, cifoescoliose, áreas de erosão óssea, crescimento anormal do osso, pseudo-artrose, meningocele, deformidade da parede posterior dos corpos vertebrais ("scalloping", peito escavado, lesões osteolíticas nos ossos longos e alterações do sistema nervoso central. Os autores apresentam dados estatísticos dos achados radiográficos prevalentes em 82 pacientes com neurofibromatose tipo 1 acompanhados pelo Centro de Pesquisa e Atendimento em Neurofibromatose, de São José do Rio Preto, SP, um centro multidisciplinar de estudo e tratamento dos portadores da doença.

  9. The influence of unilateral vestibular dysfunction on spatial orientation in patients after vestibular schwannoma surgery

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    Šponarová, Lenka

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this diploma thesis is to evaluate spatial orientation in the patients after vestibular schwannoma surgery. In the theoretical part, there are summarized the facts about vestibular system; there is described the clinical picture of unilateral vestibular dysfunction and the field of vestibular schwannoma and spatial orientation in general. In the practical part, we performed the investigation of the spatial orientation using the Blue Velvet Arena System and posturography using the p...

  10. Cinomose: achados epidemiológicos de 250 casos

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    Selwyn Arlington Headley

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Um levantamento nas necropsias de cães realizado de 1985-1997 no Departamento de Patologia Veterinária da Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM, RS, revelou que 11,7% (250/2136 dos caninos necropsiados apresentaram lesões histológicas e corpúsculos de inclusão consistentes com aqueles produzidos pelo vírus da cinomose. A maioria dos casos ocorreu durante os meses de inverno, em cães com menos de 1,5 ano de idade, provenientes da cidade de Santa Maria. A cinomose é considerada endêmica nessa cidade. Não houve diferença significativa na suscetibilidade entre machos e fêmeas infectados. Cães sem raça definida foram super-representados, mas as raças dolicocefálicas eram mais afetadas do que as braquicefálicas. Encefalopatia pelo vírus da cinomose com corpúsculos de inclusão característicos de cinomose, especialmente nos astrócitos, foi a lesão principal e ocorreu em 82% dos casos. Inclusões eosinofílicas características dessa enfermidade também foram encontradas nas células epiteliais da bexiga (15%, pulmão (6%, estômago (3%, rim (1% e tonsilas (0,5%.

  11. Vestibular Impairment in Frontotemporal Dementia Syndrome

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    Nakamagoe, Kiyotaka; Kadono, Kotarou; Koganezawa, Tadachika; Takiguchi, Mao; Terada, Makoto; Yamamoto, Fumiko; Moriyama, Tetsuya; Yanagiha, Kumi; Nohara, Seitaro; Tozaka, Naoki; Miyake, Zenshi; Aizawa, Satoshi; Furusho, Kentaro; Tamaoka, Akira

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    Background: No studies to date have attempted to evaluate frontotemporal lobar degeneration from the perspective of the vestibular system. Objective: The present study examined vestibular function in patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) clinical syndrome and evaluated whether vestibular disorders are involved in the clinical symptoms due to FTD. Methods: Fourteen patients with FTD syndrome, as well as healthy elderly controls without dementia, were included in the present study. All su...

  12. Personality Changes in Patients with Vestibular Dysfunction

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    Paul eSmith

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The vestibular system is a sensory system that has evolved to detect linear and angular acceleration of the head in all planes so that the brain is not predominantly reliant on visual information to determine self-motion. Since the vestibular system first evolved in invertebrate species in order to detect gravitational vertical, it is likely that the central nervous system has developed a special dependence upon vestibular input. In addition to the deficits in eye movement and postural reflexes that occur following vestibular dysfunction, there is convincing evidence that vestibular loss also causes cognitive and emotional 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 the sense of spatial orientation. Beyond this, however, patients with vestibular disorders have been reported to experience other personality changes that suggest that vestibular sensation is implicated in the sense of self. These are depersonalisation and derealisation symptoms such as feeling ‘spaced out’, ‘body feeling strange’ and ‘not feeling in control of self’. We suggest in this review that these symptoms suggest that the vestibular system may make a unique contribution to the concept of self through the information regarding self-motion and self-location that it transmits, albeit indirectly, to areas of the brain such as the temporo-parietal junction.

  13. 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 treatm......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....

  14. A vestibular phenotype for Waardenburg syndrome?

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    Black, F. O.; Pesznecker, S. C.; Allen, K.; Gianna, C.

    2001-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate vestibular abnormalities in subjects with Waardenburg syndrome. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective record review. SETTING: Tertiary referral neurotology clinic. SUBJECTS: Twenty-two adult white subjects with clinical diagnosis of Waardenburg syndrome (10 type I and 12 type II). INTERVENTIONS: Evaluation for Waardenburg phenotype, history of vestibular and auditory symptoms, tests of vestibular and auditory function. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Results of phenotyping, results of vestibular and auditory symptom review (history), results of vestibular and auditory function testing. RESULTS: Seventeen subjects were women, and 5 were men. Their ages ranged from 21 to 58 years (mean, 38 years). Sixteen of the 22 subjects sought treatment for vertigo, dizziness, or imbalance. For subjects with vestibular symptoms, the results of vestibuloocular tests (calorics, vestibular autorotation, and/or pseudorandom rotation) were abnormal in 77%, and the results of vestibulospinal function tests (computerized dynamic posturography, EquiTest) were abnormal in 57%, but there were no specific patterns of abnormality. Six had objective sensorineural hearing loss. Thirteen had an elevated summating/action potential (>0.40) on electrocochleography. All subjects except those with severe hearing loss (n = 3) had normal auditory brainstem response results. CONCLUSION: Patients with Waardenburg syndrome may experience primarily vestibular symptoms without hearing loss. Electrocochleography and vestibular function tests appear to be the most sensitive measures of otologic abnormalities in such patients.

  15. Achados ultrassonográficos osteomusculares na paracoccidioidomicose

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    José Alexandre Mendonça

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    Full Text Available Resumo A paracoccidioidomicose é uma infecção fúngica endêmica na América do Sul. A infecção geralmente é assintomática e afeta principalmente os tratos respiratórios superior e inferior, com dissociação clínico-radiológica. O envolvimento articular é raro, sem um padrão ou lesão radiológica específica. Apresenta-se um relato de caso de paracoccidioidomicose em que os sintomas iniciais do paciente foram rouquidão e artrite. Depois de um exame de ultrassonografia, foram feitos o diagnóstico diferencial de outras artropatias não infecciosas e a análise do material coletado, que revelou infecção pelo fungo Paracoccidioides brasiliensis.

  16. Achados radiológicos na fibrodisplasia ossificante progressiva

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    Pedro Henrique Serafim

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A fibrodisplasia ossificante progressiva é uma doença rara do tecido conjuntivo, caracterizada por ossificação disseminada em tecidos moles e alterações congênitas das extremidades. Seu inicio ocorre na infância e o envolvimento progressivo axial e da região proximal dos membros leva a uma conseqüente imobilização e deformação articular. RELATO DE CASO: Paciente de 24 anos de idade, sexo masculino, apresentando dor nas articulações e dificuldade para andar e, principalmente, ao sentar-se. A partir dos nove anos, referiu episódios recorrentes de dor, rigidez das pernas e da coluna, evoluindo posteriormente para todo corpo. Ao exame físico foi evidenciada limitação funcional global do paciente, com rigidez distribuída em todo o corpo, ausência de mobilidade do esqueleto axial e redução da mobilidade das articulações periféricas. DISCUSSÃO: Os sintomas da FOP são variáveis, com a maioria dos doentes apresentando calcificação das partes moles antes dos dez anos de idade. As primeiras manifestações localizam-se na coluna vertebral e nas articulações proximais. O quadro clínico caracteriza-se por sinais inflamatórios, por vezes acompanhados de expansões dolorosas, endurecimento dos tecidos periarticulares e perda progressiva da capacidade funcional da área afetada, sendo sua progressão no sentido axial-caudal e proximal-distal. As radiografias convencionais documentam freqüentemente as anomalias esqueléticas constitucionais e as ossificações e anquiloses articulares correspondentes à história natural da doença.

  17. [Contribution of the vestibular evoked myogenic potentials to the study of the vestibular neuritis].

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    Lesmas Navarro, María José; Pérez Garrigues, Herminio; Morera Pérez, Constantino; Piqueras, Adelina

    2009-01-01

    Until recently, the only tests available to provide information about vestibular function were caloric and kinetic tests, which only give us information about the external semicircular canal and the superior vestibular nerve. In recent years the development of vestibular evoked myogenic potentials has allowed us to assess the saccule and the inferior vestibular nerve. Our aim is, by studying the caloric test results as well as the vestibular evoked myogenic potentials in patients with Vestibular Neuritis, to determine whether they have involvement of the superior, inferior or both vestibular nerves. Retrospective study of 9 patients with Vestibular Neuritis admitted to a tertiary care hospital. We studied them by means of anamnesis, otoneurological clinical examination, caloric test and vestibular evoked myogenic potentials. Their clinical progress after admission and any residual instability were also studied. Women were more affected (66.6 %) than males. The mean age for presentation of the disease was 53.8 +/- 14.0 years. Hospital stays lasted for 5.7 +/- 3.2 days. After their crises, they suffered from instability for 122 +/- 114 days. Four cases were diagnosed as Complete Vestibular Neuritis and five as Superior Vestibular Neuritis. P13 wave latency was normal in all cases. There were no differences between the groups in terms of the length of hospital stay nor residual instability. Nowadays, vestibular evoked myogenic potentials make it possible to advance further in the study of Vestibular Neuritis. Complete and superior vestibular neuritis are much more frequent than inferior vestibular neuritis. Clinical behaviour is similar in the sub-types found.

  18. [Effectiveness of Self-efficacy Promoting Vestibular Rehabilitation Program for Patients with Vestibular Hypofunction].

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    Lee, Hyun Jung; Choi-Kwon, Smi

    2016-10-01

    In this study an examination was done of the effect of self-efficacy promoting vestibular rehabilitation (S-VR) on dizziness, exercise selfefficacy, adherence to vestibular rehabilitation (VR), subjective and objective vestibular function, vestibular compensation and the recurrence of dizziness in patients with vestibular hypofunction. This was a randomized controlled study. Data were collected 3 times at baseline, 4 and 8 weeks after beginning the intervention. Outcome measures were level of dizziness, exercise self-efficacy, and level of adherence to VR. Subjective and objective vestibular function, vestibular compensation and the recurrence of dizziness were also obtained. Data were analyzed using Windows SPSS 21.0 program. After 4 weeks of S-VR, there was no difference between the groups for dizziness, subjective and objective vestibular functions. However, exercise self-efficacy and adherence to VR were higher in the experimental group than in the control group. After 8 weeks of S-VR, dizziness (p=.018) exercise self-efficacy (pself-efficacy, subjective vestibular function and adherence to VR. Objective vestibular function and vestibular compensation were also improved in the experimental group at the end of 8 weeks of S-VR.

  19. Motor development after vestibular deprivation in rats

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    Geisler, HC; Gramsbergen, A

    This review summarizes the postural development in the rat and the influences of vestibular deprivation from the 5th postnatal day on this development. Vestibular deprivation leads to a delay in motor development. Most probably this delay is caused by a delay in the development of postural control,

  20. Vestibular neuritis: Evaluation and effect of vestibular rehabilitation.

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    Lorin, P; Donnard, M; Foubert, F

    2015-01-01

    Vestibular neuritis (VN) is a caloric vestibular areflexia that occurs suddenly, and whose compensation can take several weeks, sometimes several months. Usually these patients are rehabilitated, but the most affected patients (cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potential (cVEMP) absent) have a worse prognosis of vestibulo-ocular compensation. Thanks to symptomatic, videographic and posturographic evaluation tools, we objectify and quantify which factors influence the recovery or more accurately the compensation of this type of disorder. EQUIPMENT AND METHOD: We have colligated 34 observations of VN whose beginning could be precisely dated. These 34 unilateral caloric areflexic patients had a symptomatic evaluation (SE) with scales (vertigo symptom scale, dizziness handicap inventory, short form 36), an evaluation of the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) (spontaneous nystagmus, head shaking test, mastoid bone skull vibration test, and finally an evaluation of the vestibulo-spinal function (VSF) on a dynamic posturography platform (DPY). On the other hand were evaluated eight elements supposed to influence (influence factors FI) the care and/or the outcome of the treatment (age, cVEMP absent, duration of deficiency, sports and walk practice, rehabilitation of VOR, rehabilitation of VSF, waiting period before application of rehabilitation, vertigo medications treatment). By comparing averages and with a Fischer's exact test, we can show here that the medical treatment, the waiting period before the application of the rehabilitation, the number of rehabilitation sessions or the type of rehabilitation influence only partially the state of health of neuritis. The age of the patients and absent cVEMP don't have a major influence either. However, patients with the most important physical activity feel better from a symptomatic point of view, over a long period after the episode. The effect of rehabilitation might be temporary if daily activity is minimal. The evaluation of

  1. Lesões pulmonares em caninos (achados de necrópsias)

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    Souza, V. T. F. de; Paraguassu, A. A.; Moreira, E. L. T.

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    p. 43-47 O estudo macroscópico dos pulmões de 381 caninos necropsiados no Setor de Anatomia Patológica do HOSPMEV/UFBA, revelou alta incidência de lesões pulmonares ( 499 ). Das alterações diagnosticadas, os distúrbios circulatórios compareceram com maior frequência (284) casos, seguidos das alterações da expansão pulmonar (121 ), das inflamatórias ( 69 ), das pigmentares (16 ), das neoplásicas ( metástases) (08) e das parasitárias ( 01 caso ).

  2. Effects of vibrotactile vestibular substitution on vestibular rehabilitation - preliminary study,

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    Cibele Brugnera

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: Some patients with severe impairment of body balance do not obtain adequate improvement from vestibular rehabilitation (VR. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of Vertiguard(tm biofeedback equipment as a sensory substitution (SS of the vestibular system in patients who did not obtain sufficient improvement from VR. METHODS: This was a randomized prospective clinical study. Thirteen patients without satisfactory response to conventional VR were randomized into a study group (SG, which received the vibrotactile stimulus from Vertiguard(tm for ten days, and a control group (CG, which used equipment without the stimulus. For pre- and post-treatment assessment, the Sensory Organization Test (SOT protocol of the Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP and two scales of balance self-perception, Activities-specific Balance Confidence (ABC and Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI, were used. RESULTS: After treatment, only the SG showed statistically significant improvement in C5 (p = 0.007 and C6 (p = 0.01. On the ABC scale, there was a significant difference in the SG (p= 0.04. The DHI showed a significant difference in CG and SG with regard to the physical aspect, and only in the SG for the functional aspect (p = 0.04. CONCLUSION: The present findings show that sensory substitution using the vibrotactile stimulus of the Vertiguard(tm system helped with the integration of neural networks involved in maintaining posture, improving the strategies used in the recovery of body balance.

  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

  4. Merosin-positive congenital muscular dystrophy: neuroimaging findings Distrofia muscular congênita merosina-positiva: achados de neuroimagem

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    André Palma da Cunha Matta

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Congenital muscle dystrophy (CMD is a heterogeneous group of autosomal recessive myopathies. It is known that CMD may affect the central nervous system (CNS. Some authors have shown that merosin-negative CMD patients may have encephalic metabolic disturbances. In order to study metabolic changes within the brain, the authors performed a magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS study in a 1-year-old girl with merosin-positive CMD (MP-CMD. MRS of brain demonstrated that NAA/Cr ratio was decreased (1.52, while Cho/Cr ratio was increased (1.78. These findings suggest that metabolic changes in CNS can also be found in patients with MP-CMD.A distrofia muscular congênita (DMC é um grupo heterogêneo de miopatias autossômicas recessivas que também podem afetar o sistema nervoso central (SNC. Alguns autores mostraram previamente que pacientes com DMC por deficiência da merosina podem apresentar alterações metabólicas no encéfalo. Com o objetivo de estudar as possíveis alterações metabólicas no SNC, os autores realizaram um estudo por ressonância magnética com espectroscopia em uma paciente de 1 ano com DMC sem deficiência da merosina. A razão NAA/Cr estava reduzida (1,52, enquanto que a razão Cho/Cr estava aumentada (1,78. Estes achados sugerem que alterações metabólicas no SNC também podem ser encontradas em pacientes com DMC merosina-positiva.

  5. Anatomy of the vestibular system: a review.

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    Khan, Sarah; Chang, Richard

    2013-01-01

    A sense of proper sensory processing of head motion and the coordination of visual and postural movements to maintain equilibrium is critical to everyday function. The vestibular system is an intricate organization that involves multiple levels of sensory processing to achieve this goal. This chapter provides an overview of the anatomical structures and pathways of the vestibular system. The five major vestibular structures are located in the inner ear and include: the utricle, the saccule, and the lateral, superior, and posterior semicircular canals. Hair cells on the neuroepithelium of the peripheral vestibular organs carry sensory impulses to primary processing centers in the brainstem and the cerebellum. These areas send input via ascending and descending projections to coordinate vital reflexes, such as the vestibuloocular reflex and the vestibulospinal reflex, which allow for the proper orientation of the eyes and body in response to head motion. Specific connections regarding higher level cortical vestibular structures are poorly understood. Vestibular centers in the brainstem, cerebellum, and cerebral cortex function to integrate sensory information from the peripheral vestibular organs, visual system, and proprioceptive system to allow for proper balance and orientation of the body in its environment.

  6. The anatomy of the vestibular nuclei.

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    Highstein, Stephen M; Holstein, Gay R

    2006-01-01

    The vestibular portion of the eighth cranial nerve informs the brain about the linear and angular movements of the head in space and the position of the head with respect to gravity. The termination sites of these eighth nerve afferents define the territory of the vestibular nuclei in the brainstem. (There is also a subset of afferents that project directly to the cerebellum.) This chapter reviews the anatomical organization of the vestibular nuclei, and the anatomy of the pathways from the nuclei to various target areas in the brain. The cytoarchitectonics of the vestibular brainstem are discussed, since these features have been used to distinguish the individual nuclei. The neurochemical phenotype of vestibular neurons and pathways are also summarized because the chemical anatomy of the system contributes to its signal-processing capabilities. Similarly, the morphologic features of short-axon local circuit neurons and long-axon cells with extrinsic projections are described in detail, since these structural attributes of the neurons are critical to their functional potential. Finally, the composition and hodology of the afferent and efferent pathways of the vestibular nuclei are discussed. In sum, this chapter reviews the morphology, chemoanatomy, connectivity, and synaptology of the vestibular nuclei.

  7. Recovery of Vestibular Ocular Reflex Function and Balance Control after a Unilateral Peripheral Vestibular Deficit

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    Allum, J. H. J.

    2012-01-01

    This review describes the effect of unilateral peripheral vestibular deficit (UPVD) on balance control for stance and gait tests. Because a UPVD is normally defined based on vestibular ocular reflex (VOR) tests, we compared recovery observed in balance control with patterns of recovery in VOR function. Two general types of UPVD are considered; acute vestibular neuritis (AVN) and vestibular neurectomy. The latter was subdivided into vestibular loss after cerebellar pontine angle tumor surgery during which a vestibular neurectomy was performed, and vestibular loss following neurectomy to eliminate disabling Ménière’s disease. To measure balance control, body-worn gyroscopes, mounted near the body’s center of mass (CoM), were used. Measurement variables were the pitch (anterior–posterior) and roll (lateral) sway angles and angular velocities of the lower trunk/pelvis. Both patient groups showed balance deficits during stance tasks on foam, especially with eyes closed when stable balance control is normally highly dependent on vestibular inputs. Deficits during gait were also present and were more profound for complex gait tasks such as tandem gait than simple gait tasks. Major differences emerged between the groups concerning the severity of the deficit and its recovery. Generally, the effects of acute neuritis on balance control were more severe but recovered rapidly. Deficits due to vestibular neurectomy were less severe, but longer lasting. These results mostly paralleled recovery of deficits in VOR function. However, questions need to be raised about the effect on balance control of the two modes of neural plasticity occurring in the vestibular system following vestibular loss due to neuritis: one mode being the limited central compensation for the loss, and the second mode being some restoration of peripheral vestibular function. Future work will need to correlate deficits in balance control during stance and gait more exactly with VOR deficits and

  8. Progress toward development of a multichannel vestibular prosthesis for treatment of bilateral vestibular deficiency.

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    Fridman, Gene Y; Della Santina, Charles C

    2012-11-01

    This article reviews vestibular pathology and the requirements and progress made in the design and construction of a vestibular prosthesis. Bilateral loss of vestibular sensation is disabling. When vestibular hair cells are injured by ototoxic medications or other insults to the labyrinth, the resulting loss of sensory input disrupts vestibulo-ocular reflexes (VORs) and vestibulo-spinal reflexes that normally stabilize the eyes and body. Affected individuals suffer poor vision during head movement, postural instability, chronic disequilibrium, and cognitive distraction. Although most individuals with residual sensation compensate for their loss over time, others fail to do so and have no adequate treatment options. A vestibular prosthesis analogous to cochlear implants but designed to modulate vestibular nerve activity during head movement should improve quality of life for these chronically dizzy individuals. We describe the impact of bilateral loss of vestibular sensation, animal studies supporting feasibility of prosthetic vestibular stimulation, the current status of multichannel vestibular sensory replacement prosthesis development, and challenges to successfully realizing this approach in clinical practice. In bilaterally vestibular-deficient rodents and rhesus monkeys, the Johns Hopkins multichannel vestibular prosthesis (MVP) partially restores the three-dimensional (3D) VOR for head rotations about any axis. Attempts at prosthetic vestibular stimulation of humans have not yet included the 3D eye movement assays necessary to accurately evaluate VOR alignment, but these initial forays have revealed responses that are otherwise comparable to observations in animals. Current efforts now focus on refining electrode design and surgical technique to enhance stimulus selectivity and preserve cochlear function, optimizing stimulus protocols to improve dynamic range and reduce excitation-inhibition asymmetry, and adapting laboratory MVP prototypes into devices

  9. Recovery of vestibular ocular reflex function and balance control after a unilateral peripheral vestibular deficit.

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    Allum, J H J

    2012-01-01

    This review describes the effect of unilateral peripheral vestibular deficit (UPVD) on balance control for stance and gait tests. Because a UPVD is normally defined based on vestibular ocular reflex (VOR) tests, we compared recovery observed in balance control with patterns of recovery in VOR function. Two general types of UPVD are considered; acute vestibular neuritis (AVN) and vestibular neurectomy. The latter was subdivided into vestibular loss after cerebellar pontine angle tumor surgery during which a vestibular neurectomy was performed, and vestibular loss following neurectomy to eliminate disabling Ménière's disease. To measure balance control, body-worn gyroscopes, mounted near the body's center of mass (CoM), were used. Measurement variables were the pitch (anterior-posterior) and roll (lateral) sway angles and angular velocities of the lower trunk/pelvis. Both patient groups showed balance deficits during stance tasks on foam, especially with eyes closed when stable balance control is normally highly dependent on vestibular inputs. Deficits during gait were also present and were more profound for complex gait tasks such as tandem gait than simple gait tasks. Major differences emerged between the groups concerning the severity of the deficit and its recovery. Generally, the effects of acute neuritis on balance control were more severe but recovered rapidly. Deficits due to vestibular neurectomy were less severe, but longer lasting. These results mostly paralleled recovery of deficits in VOR function. However, questions need to be raised about the effect on balance control of the two modes of neural plasticity occurring in the vestibular system following vestibular loss due to neuritis: one mode being the limited central compensation for the loss, and the second mode being some restoration of peripheral vestibular function. Future work will need to correlate deficits in balance control during stance and gait more exactly with VOR deficits and carefully

  10. Cervical and ocular vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials in acute vestibular neuritis.

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    Shin, Byoung-Soo; Oh, Sun-Young; Kim, Ji Soo; Kim, Tae-Woo; Seo, Man-Wook; Lee, Hyung; Park, Young-Ae

    2012-02-01

    To clarify the origin and afferent pathways of short-latency ocular vestibular-evoked myogenic potential (oVEMP) in response to air-conducted sound (ACS), we evaluated cervical (cVEMP) and ocular VEMPs in patients with vestibular neuritis (VN). In response to air-conducted tone burst, the oVEMP and cVEMP were measured in 60 healthy controls and in 41 patients with acute VN. The VN selectively involved the superior vestibular nerve (superior VN) in 30 patients, affected the inferior vestibular nerve only (inferior VN) in three and damaged both superior and inferior vestibular nerve branches in eight. All 30 patients with superior VN presented normal cVEMPs, indicating preservation of the saccular receptors and their afferents in the inferior vestibular nerve. However, the oVEMP was abnormal in all patients with superior VN. By contrast, the patients with inferior VN showed normal oVEMP and abnormal cVEMP. These dissociations in the abnormalities of cVEMP and oVEMP in patients with VN selectively involving the superior or inferior vestibular nerve suggest that the origin of the vestibular nerve afferents of oVEMP differ from those of cVEMP. The oVEMP in response to ACS may be mediated by the superior vestibular nerve, probably due to an activation of the utricular receptors. Copyright © 2011 International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Complete and irreversible unilateral vestibular loss: A novel rat model of vestibular pathology.

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    Péricat, David; Farina, Anne; Agavnian-Couquiaud, Emilie; Chabbert, Christian; Tighilet, Brahim

    2017-05-01

    Both basic and applied studies on the pathophysiology of vestibular disorders are currently impaired by the lack of animal models of controlled vestibular damages. In the present study, we describe the procedure to achieve a surgical unilateral vestibular neurectomy (UVN) in the rat and evaluate its functional consequences. This procedure is suitable for reproducing a unilateral, sudden and definitive vestibular areflexia. Proper induction of a UVN induces a severe vestibular syndrome, which mimics vestibular disorders encountered in humans. This model is also used clinically in the surgical treatment of pharmacological intractable Meniere's disease. Comparison with existing methods unilateral vestibular neurectomy has been essentially used in other species such as cats, monkeys and humans. The current study describes this technique in rats. This experimental model is particularly adapted to study the restoration kinetics of vestibular function after removal of peripheral inputs. It is also suitable for determining the neurochemical and molecular mechanisms underlying central compensation processes, as well as to check for the efficacy of drugs with potent antivertigo properties. Finally, UVN is an acknowledged model of postlesional plasticity involving original processes such as reactive neurogenesis in the vestibular nuclei. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Vestibular Restoration and Adaptation in Vestibular Neuritis and Ramsay Hunt Syndrome With Vertigo.

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    Martin-Sanz, Eduardo; Rueda, Almudena; Esteban-Sanchez, Jonathan; Yanes, Joaquin; Rey-Martinez, Jorge; Sanz-Fernandez, Ricardo

    2017-08-01

    To evaluate vestibular restoration and the evolution of the compensatory saccades in acute severe inflammatory vestibular nerve paralysis, including vestibular neuritis and Ramsay Hunt syndrome with vertigo. Prospective. Tertiary referral center. Vestibular neuritis (n = 18) and Ramsay Hunt syndrome patients with vertigo (n = 13) were enrolled. After treatment with oral corticosteroids, patients were followed up for 6 months. Functional recovery of the facial nerve was scored according to the House-Brackman grading system. Caloric and video head impulse tests were performed in every patient at the time of enrolment. Subsequently, successive video head impulse test (vHIT) exploration was performed at the 1, 3, and 6-month follow-up. Eighteen patients with vestibular neuritis and 13 with Ramsay Hunt syndrome and associated vertigo were included. Vestibular function was significantly worse in patients with Ramsay Hunt syndrome than in those with vestibular neuritis. Similar compensatory saccades velocity and latency values were observed in both groups, in both the caloric and initial vHIT tests. Successive vHIT results showed a significantly higher vestibulo-ocular reflex gain recovery in vestibular neuritis patients than in Ramsay Hunt syndrome patients. A significantly faster reduction in the latency, velocity, and organization of the compensatory saccades was observed in neuritis than in Ramsay Hunt syndrome patients. In addition to the recovery of the vestibulo-ocular reflex, the reduction of latency, velocity and the organization of compensatory saccades play a role in vestibular compensation.

  13. The Association Between Vestibular Physical Examination, Vertigo Questionnaires, and the Electronystagmography in Patients With Vestibular Symptoms.

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    Gofrit, Shany G; Mayler, Yulia; Eliashar, Ron; Bdolah-Abram, Tali; Ilan, Ophir; Gross, Menachem

    2017-04-01

    Dizziness makes up a diagnostic and treatment challenge. The diagnostic accuracy of the medical history and vestibular physical examination in cases of vestibular symptoms is not clear. The aim of this study is to determine the association between vestibular physical examination, vestibular questionnaires, and electronystagmography (ENG) test in patients with vestibular symptoms. This is a prospective study of 135 adults with vestibular symptoms. The subjects underwent targeted physical examination and filled vestibular questionnaires, including the Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI), before ENG testing. The results of the physical examination and questionnaires were compared with the final ENG findings. Of patients who had normal ENG results, 32.1% (17/52) showed abnormal physical examination, and 48.8% (40/82) of the patient who had normal physical examination showed abnormal ENG results ( P = .46). Among patients with severe disability by DHI, 46.4% (13/28) had an abnormal ENG, and 42.9% (12/28) had a normal ENG ( P = .39). This study did not demonstrate association between vestibular physical examination, vestibular questionnaires, and ENG results. Although history (augmented by questionnaires) and physical examination are the initial steps in the evaluation of vertigo, the current study suggests that they should be complemented by objective testing for evaluation of inner ear origin of vertigo.

  14. Transtorno afetivo bipolar em idosos: características clínicas e sociodemográficas = Bipolar disorder in the elderly: clinical and socio-demographic characteristics

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    Zung, Stevin

    2009-01-01

    Conclusões: o presente estudo, conduzido em pacientes idosos com transtorno afetivo bipolar, confirmou achados clínicos importantes de investigações realizadas em pacientes adultos, acrescentando o fato inédito de consolidar esses achados através da investigação em uma população de pacientes idosos com longo tempo de evolução de seu quadro clínico

  15. 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

  16. The effect of fear of falling on vestibular feedback control of balance

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    de Melker Worms, Jonathan L.A.; Stins, John F.; Beek, Peter J.; Loram, Ian D.

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    Vestibular sensation contributes to cervical-head stabilization and fall prevention. To what extent fear of falling influences the associated vestibular feedback processes is currently undetermined. We used galanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) to induce vestibular reflexes while participants stood

  17. Recovery of vestibular ocular reflex function and balance control after a unilateral peripheral vestibular deficit.

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    John eAllum

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available This review describes the effect of unilateral peripheral vestibular deficit (UPVD on balance control as observed in stance and gait tests. Normally, a UPVD is defined based on vestibular ocular reflex (VOR function. Therefore, we compare recovery observed in balance control over time with similar patterns of recovery or lack thereof in VOR function. Three types of UPVD are considered; acute vestibular neuritis, vestibular loss prior to and after cerebellar pontine angle tumor (CPAT surgery during which a vestibular neurectomy was performed, and vestibular loss following neurectomy to eliminate disabling Ménière’s disease.To measure balance control, body-worn gyroscopes, mounted near the body’s centre of mass, were used for stance and gait tests. Measurement variables were the pitch (anterior-posterior and roll (lateral sway angles and angular velocities of the lower trunk-pelvis. All three groups showed balance deficits during stance tasks on foam, especially with eyes closed when stable control is highly dependent on vestibular inputs. Deficits in balance control during gait were present but were more profound for complex gait tasks such as tandem gait. Differences emerged between the groups concerning the severity of the deficit and its recovery. Generally, the effects of acute neuritis were more severe but recovered rapidly, deficits due to vestibular neurectomy were less severe but longer lasting. These results paralleled deficits in VOR function and raise questions about two modes of neural plasticity occurring in the vestibular system following vestibular loss: one mode being the limited central compensation for the loss, and the second mode being some restoration of peripheral vestibular function. Future work will need to correlate deficits in balance control during stance and gait more exactly with VOR deficits and carefully consider the differences between insufficient central compensation compared to inadequate peripheral

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

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    Kenna ePeusner

    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.

  19. Basic Concepts in Understanding Recovery of Function in Vestibular Reflex Networks during Vestibular Compensation

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    Peusner, Kenna D.; Shao, Mei; Reddaway, Rebecca; Hirsch, June C.

    2012-01-01

    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. PMID:22363316

  20. Computational Approaches to Vestibular Research

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    Ross, Muriel D.; Wade, Charles E. (Technical Monitor)

    1994-01-01

    The Biocomputation Center at NASA Ames Research Center is dedicated to a union between computational, experimental and theoretical approaches to the study of neuroscience and of life sciences in general. The current emphasis is on computer reconstruction and visualization of vestibular macular architecture in three-dimensions (3-D), and on mathematical modeling and computer simulation of neural activity in the functioning system. Our methods are being used to interpret the influence of spaceflight on mammalian vestibular maculas in a model system, that of the adult Sprague-Dawley rat. More than twenty 3-D reconstructions of type I and type II hair cells and their afferents have been completed by digitization of contours traced from serial sections photographed in a transmission electron microscope. This labor-intensive method has now been replace d by a semiautomated method developed in the Biocomputation Center in which conventional photography is eliminated. All viewing, storage and manipulation of original data is done using Silicon Graphics workstations. Recent improvements to the software include a new mesh generation method for connecting contours. This method will permit the investigator to describe any surface, regardless of complexity, including highly branched structures such as are routinely found in neurons. This same mesh can be used for 3-D, finite volume simulation of synapse activation and voltage spread on neuronal surfaces visualized via the reconstruction process. These simulations help the investigator interpret the relationship between neuroarchitecture and physiology, and are of assistance in determining which experiments will best test theoretical interpretations. Data are also used to develop abstract, 3-D models that dynamically display neuronal activity ongoing in the system. Finally, the same data can be used to visualize the neural tissue in a virtual environment. Our exhibit will depict capabilities of our computational approaches and

  1. Unilateral vestibular loss impairs external space representation.

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    Liliane Borel

    Full Text Available 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.

  2. Evaluation of patients with acute vestibular syndrome.

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    Thabet, Elsaeid

    2008-03-01

    Acute vestibular syndrome is characterized by a rapid unilateral injury to either peripheral or central vestibular structures. It consists of severe vertigo, nausea and vomiting, spontaneous nystagmus, and postural instability. In many cases, a peripheral etiology is considered although it may be due to an underlying serious central pathology. The present study was designed to investigate the feasibility of differentiating the cause of acute vestibular syndrome in such patients using clinical, audiovestibular and radiologic tools. We performed a case series study of patients complaining of acute vertigo at a university referring center for hearing and balance disorders. Thirty patients with history of acute vertigo within 3 days onset with no history of previous otological or neurological disorders. Eighteen patients were due to acute peripheral vestibular lesion, 1 due to psychiatric illness under antidepressant drugs and 11 were of central vestibular lesion. The most important step in the diagnosis of acute vertigo is a thorough and detailed history. The common error of carrying out investigations in place of a detailed history is to be avoided. The clinical evaluation has the highest sensitivity and specificity in differentiating central from peripheral vestibular lesions.

  3. Vestibular Impairment in Frontotemporal Dementia Syndrome

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    Kiyotaka Nakamagoe

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: No studies to date have attempted to evaluate frontotemporal lobar degeneration from the perspective of the vestibular system. Objective: The present study examined vestibular function in patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD clinical syndrome and evaluated whether vestibular disorders are involved in the clinical symptoms due to FTD. Methods: Fourteen patients with FTD syndrome, as well as healthy elderly controls without dementia, were included in the present study. All subjects underwent vestibular function tests using electronystagmography, such as caloric tests and visual suppression (VS tests, in which the induced caloric nystagmus was suppressed by visual stimuli. The association between clinical symptoms and vestibular function in the FTD syndrome group was further examined. Results: In the FTD syndrome group, caloric nystagmus was not necessarily suppressed during VS tests. Furthermore, VS was observed to be significantly impaired in FTD syndrome patients with gait disturbance as compared to those without such disturbance. Conclusion: The present study revealed that impairment of VS in patients with FTD results in an inability to regulate vestibular function by means of visual perception, regardless of multiple presumed neuropathological backgrounds. This could also be associated with gait disturbance in patients with FTD syndrome.

  4. Vestibular Impairment in Frontotemporal Dementia Syndrome.

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    Nakamagoe, Kiyotaka; Kadono, Kotarou; Koganezawa, Tadachika; Takiguchi, Mao; Terada, Makoto; Yamamoto, Fumiko; Moriyama, Tetsuya; Yanagiha, Kumi; Nohara, Seitaro; Tozaka, Naoki; Miyake, Zenshi; Aizawa, Satoshi; Furusho, Kentaro; Tamaoka, Akira

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    No studies to date have attempted to evaluate frontotemporal lobar degeneration from the perspective of the vestibular system. The present study examined vestibular function in patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) clinical syndrome and evaluated whether vestibular disorders are involved in the clinical symptoms due to FTD. Fourteen patients with FTD syndrome, as well as healthy elderly controls without dementia, were included in the present study. All subjects underwent vestibular function tests using electronystagmography, such as caloric tests and visual suppression (VS) tests, in which the induced caloric nystagmus was suppressed by visual stimuli. The association between clinical symptoms and vestibular function in the FTD syndrome group was further examined. In the FTD syndrome group, caloric nystagmus was not necessarily suppressed during VS tests. Furthermore, VS was observed to be significantly impaired in FTD syndrome patients with gait disturbance as compared to those without such disturbance. The present study revealed that impairment of VS in patients with FTD results in an inability to regulate vestibular function by means of visual perception, regardless of multiple presumed neuropathological backgrounds. This could also be associated with gait disturbance in patients with FTD syndrome.

  5. Metabolic disorders of the vestibular system.

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    Rybak, L P

    1995-01-01

    This article reviews the impact of metabolic disorders on vestibular function. Diabetes mellitus is a disorder of glucose metabolism that can be associated with vestibular dysfunction. Vertigo can be alleviated by diet management in many cases. Elevated levels of blood lipids have been implicated in cochleovestibular disorders. Treatment with a lipid-lowering drug has resulted in improved auditory and vestibular function in a placebo-controlled trial. Hypothyroidism may affect different parts of the vestibular system depending on the severity and duration of thyroid deficiency. Severe congenital hypothyroidism can cause central vestibular disorders affecting the cerebellum, whereas mild hypothyroidism may result in peripheral vestibulopathy. Endogenous alterations in concentrations of estrogen and progesterone in the premenstrual syndrome or with the use of exogenous hormones such as oral contraceptives may trigger vertigo. Metabolic evaluations for unexplained vertigo should include a lipoprotein profile, with cholesterol and triglyceride levels, glucose tolerance test, and thyroid hormone measurements. Nutritional and drug therapy may be useful to reverse the vestibular dysfunction.

  6. Achados de ressonância magnética no encéfalo de portadores jovens da forma hepatoesplênica da esquistossomose, sem sintomas neurológicos

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    2006-01-01

    O envolvimento do sistema nervoso central pelo Schistosoma é menos comum e pode ocorrer em qualquer forma clínica da esquistossomose. A maioria dos casos de neuroesquistossomose associados às formas crônicas hepatoesplênica e cardiopulmonar, ou à forma severa da esquistossomose urinária é assintomática. O objetivo deste estudo foi descrever os achados de ressonância magnética (RM) no encéfalo de uma série de portadores jovens de esquistossomose hepatoesplênica, sem manifestaçõe...

  7. Reflexões sobre a ceratite fúngica por meio dos achados de exames histopatológicos

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    Fernando Queiroz Monte

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudo de botões corneanos por meio do exame histopatológico para verificar as alterações ocorridas nos tecidos corneanos numa infecção fúngica e tirar desses achados orientações para o diagnóstico e o tratamento. MÉTODOS: Trabalho retrospectivo, realizado num Banco de Olhos (BOO entre janeiro de 2006 e junho de 2011, usando dados de prontuários a partir das informações enviadas pelos cirurgiões e sendo examinado material recebido de ceratoplastia penetrante com o exame de 38 peças de 35 pacientes, sendo processadas e feitas de uma a três colorações de acordo com as dificuldades diagnósticas. RESULTADOS: Os pacientes eram na maioria homens, 57% (n=35, a faixa etária acima de 60 anos a mais numerosa com 1/3 dos pacientes. Os casos de ceratite fúngica correspondiam à média de 6,4% (n=597 do material recebido no BOO e 1,65% (n=2310 dos transplantes ocorrido com o material fornecido nos últimos 5 anos. Pelas informações dos cirurgiões 39,5% (n=38 dos casos deviam-se a perfuração corneana. Usando as datas dos transplantes foi feita uma Tábua de Observação. Em 11 (n=38 casos, a córnea procedia de transplante anterior. As formas leveduriformes nos tecidos corneanos eram de 63% (n=38. Em 50% (n=38 dos casos o infiltrado inflamatório era pequeno ou inexistente. A camada de Descemet estava íntegra em 13% (n=38, enquanto eram encontrados fungos na superfície corneana de 45% (n=38 dos casos. CONCLUSÃO: A coleta do material poderá ser feita com sucesso mesmo depois de instalado o tratamento, entretanto, nas úlceras de córnea deve ser feito preferentemente a coleta de material com espátula para exame laboratorial e a microscopia confocal in vivo. A predominância das leveduras poderá ser devido a alterações morfológicas do fungo sofridas no tecido corneano. A penetração intraocular é facilitada por alterações da Camada de Descemet e pela própria capacidade do fungo de penetrar nos tecidos

  8. The Value of Vestibular Rehabilitation in Patients with Bilateral Vestibular Dysfunction.

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    Şahin, Ethem; Dinç, Mehmet Emre; Yayla Özker, Berna; Çöpürgensli, Canan; Konaklıoğlu, Mustafa; Özçelik, Tuncay

    2017-12-01

    The value of vestibular rehabilitation in patients with bilateral vestibular dysfunction was investigated. This study assessed 17 patients (9 males, 8 females) with bilateral vestibular dysfunction. Vestibular rehabilitation continued for 1.5 months. Videonystagmography tests (including oculomotor testing, positional testing, and caloric tests), vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP) testing, and computerized dynamic posturography were performed during the pre-, mid-, and post-treatment periods. The patients underwent cranial and internal acoustic canal MRI. Consultant physicians from the neurology and physical medicine and rehabilitation departments reviewed all patients. The post-treatment anteroposterior somatosensorial (APSO), anteroposterior global (APGLO), mediolateral visual (MLVI), and mediolateral global values and anteroposterior and mediolateral trials and conditions were significantly higher than those measured in the pre-treatment period. Similarly, mid-treatment values of the APSO, APGLO, and the anteroposterior sensory organization test (SOT) 2 were significantly higher than those measured in the pre-treatment period. Vestibular rehabilitation was effective in patients with bilateral vestibular dysfunction. As the vestibular rehabilitation duration increased, so did the efficacy of the treatment.

  9. Peripheral vestibular system in Down syndrome: quantitative assessment of vestibular histopathology.

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    Inagaki, Taro; Morita, Norimasa; Cureoglu, Sebahattin; Schachern, Patricia A; Nomiya, Shigenobu; Nomiya, Rie; Paparella, Michael M

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    To evaluate the maturity of the peripheral vestibular system in Down syndrome by examining the number of Scarpa's ganglion cells and the density of vestibular hair cells. Case-control study using human temporal bones. Tertiary academic center, otopathology laboratory. Sixteen temporal bones from 8 patients with Down syndrome and 15 control temporal bones from 8 individuals with no history of otologic disease were selected. Hypoplasia of the lateral semicircular canal (LSC) and vestibule was investigated by measuring the dimensions of the structures. Scarpa's ganglion cells were counted under light microscopy. The vestibular hair cells were counted in the LSC crista and the utricular and saccular maculae under differential interference contrast (Nomarski) microscopy and expressed as density. The patients with Down syndrome were divided into 2 groups: with and without LSC hypoplasia. The number of Scarpa's ganglion cells and the density of vestibular hair cells were significantly smaller in both groups of patients with Down syndrome than in the control group. There was no significant difference in the number of Scarpa's ganglion cells or the density of vestibular hair cells between the groups with and without LSC hypoplasia. The peripheral vestibular system, including Scarpa's ganglion cells and vestibular hair cells, is hypoplastic irrespective of the vestibular malformation in Down syndrome.

  10. Patients with vestibular loss, tullio phenomenon, and pressure-induced nystagmus: vestibular atelectasis?

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    Wenzel, Angela; Ward, Bryan K; Schubert, Michael C; Kheradmand, Amir; Zee, David S; Mantokoudis, Georgios; Carey, John Patrick

    2014-06-01

    To propose an etiology for a syndrome of bilateral vestibular hypofunction and sound and/or pressure-evoked eye movements with normal hearing thresholds. Retrospective case series. Tertiary care referral center. Four patients with bilateral vestibular hypofunction, sound and/or pressure-evoked nystagmus and normal hearing thresholds were identified over a 3-year period. No evidence of other known vestibular disorders was identified. None of these patients presented with a history of exposure to toxins, radiation, aminoglycosides or chemotherapy; head trauma; or a family history of inherited vestibular loss. All patients underwent high-resolution CT scan of the temporal bones to evaluate for labyrinthine dehiscence. Additionally, all individuals underwent audiometric testing to ANSI standards, vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP) testing using either click stimulus cervical VEMPs (cVEMPs), or tone burst ocular VEMPs (oVEMPs). Bithermal caloric stimulation was used to measure horizontal semicircular canal function, with either videonystagmography (VNG) or electronystagmography (ENG) to record eye movements. Individual responses of each of the 6 semicircular canals (SCC) to rapid head rotations were tested with the bedside head impulse test. We identified 4 patients with a combination of bilateral vestibular hypofunction and sound and/or pressure-induced eye movements, normal-hearing thresholds and no evidence for any other vestibular disorder. We suggest that this unique combination of symptoms should be considered as the clinical presentation of vestibular atelectasis, which has been previously described histologically as collapse of the endolymph-containing portions of the labyrinth.

  11. Dermoscopic findings in female androgenetic alopecia Achados dermatoscópicos na alopecia androgenética feminina

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    Lya Duarte Ramos

    2012-10-01

    dermatoscópio no aumento de 10x e câmera digital no aumento de 20x e 40x na linha média frontal do couro cabeludo. RESULTADOS: Todas as pacientes apresentaram miniaturização dos fios na área examinada. Halo castanho peripilar foi encontrado em 22 pacientes, pigmentação em favo de mel em 14 e pontos amarelos em apenas 1 paciente. Estudos recentes mostram a dermatoscopia como uma nova ferramenta no auxílio diagnóstico e acompanhamento do tratamento das desordens do couro cabeludo. Em nosso estudo utilizamos um dermatoscópio comum e avaliamos vários achados relatados na literatura com facilidade e clareza significativas. CONCLUSÃO: O dermatoscópio, instrumento de uso diário dos dermatologistas, é excelente ferramenta para auxílio no diagnóstico precoce e avaliação da resposta terapêutica na alopecia androgenética e é capaz de mostrar de forma simples sinais precoces de miniaturização capilar.

  12. Apendicite aguda: achados na tomografia computadorizada - ensaio iconográfico Acute appendicitis: computed tomography findings - an iconographic essay

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    Marcelo Eustáquio Montandon Júnior

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available A apendicite aguda é a causa mais comum de dor abdominal aguda que requer intervenção cirúrgica no mundo ocidental. O diagnóstico precoce é essencial para minimizar a morbidade da doença. O uso dos métodos de imagem significou grande avanço no diagnóstico desta entidade, até então avaliada apenas com base na história clínica, exame físico e dados laboratoriais, haja vista que 20% a 33% dos pacientes apresentam sintomas atípicos. O diagnóstico é mais difícil nas crianças, nos idosos e nas mulheres em idade fértil. Os principais métodos de imagem para sua avaliação são a ultra-sonografia e a tomografia computadorizada. Os objetivos deste trabalho são: descrever a fisiopatologia da doença, comentar os principais aspectos técnicos da tomografia computadorizada, demonstrar e ilustrar os achados tomográficos e citar os principais diagnósticos diferenciais.Acute appendicitis is the most important cause of abdominal pain requiring surgical intervention in the Western world. The early diagnosis of this disease is of paramount relevance for minimizing its morbidity. Imaging methods have represented a huge progress in the diagnosis of this entity, which used to be based essentially on clinical history, physical examination and laboratory tests results, considering that 20% to 33% of patients present with atypical symptoms. Diagnostic difficulty is higher in children, the elderly, and women in childbearing age. The main imaging methods for evaluation of acute appendicitis are ultrasound and computed tomography. The present study is aimed at describing the disease physiopathology, commenting main computed tomography technical aspects, demonstrating and illustrating tomographic findings, and describing main differential diagnoses.

  13. 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

  14. Caracterização clínica de idosos com disfunção vestibular crônica Clinical evaluation of elderly people with chronic vestibular disorder

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    Juliana Maria Gazzola

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    Full Text Available A tontura de origem vestibular é comum entre idosos. OBJETIVO: Caracterizar idosos com disfunção vestibular crônica em relação aos dados sociodemográficos, clínico-funcionais e otoneurológicos. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Estudo de casos que incluiu 120 idosos com disfunção vestibular crônica. Foram realizadas análises descritivas simples. RESULTADOS: A 5,77±amostra apresentou maioria feminina (68,3%, com média etária de 73,40 1,84±anos. O número médio de doenças associadas ao quadro vestibular foi de 3,83 e o número médio de medicamentos foi de 3,86±2,27. O exame vestibular evidenciou vestibulopatia periférica deficitária unilateral (29,8% e as hipóteses diagnósticas prevalentes foram labirintopatia metabólica (40,0% e vertigem posicional paroxística benigna (36,7%. Para 52 (43,3% pacientes, a tontura começou há mais de 5 anos. Em relação à queda, 64 idosos (53,3% apresentaram pelo menos uma queda no último ano e 35 (29,2% referiram quedas recorrentes. CONCLUSÕES: A amostra foi representada por maioria feminina e média etária elevada, com doenças associadas ao quadro vestibular e polifarmacoterapia. As vestibulopatias e a topografia mais freqüentes foram, respectivamente, labirintopatia metabólica e vascular e síndrome periférica deficitária unilateral. A tontura é uma condição crônica e a associação de vestibulopatias é comum. A ocorrência de quedas é prevalente na população de idosos com disfunção vestibular crônica.Dizziness is common among the elderly. AIM: To characterize social, demographic, clinical, functional and otoneurological data in elderly patients with chronic vestibular disorder. METHOD: A sequential study of 120 patients with chronic vestibular disorder. Simple descriptive analyses were undertaken. RESULTS: Most of the patients were female (68.3% with a mean age of 73.40±5.77 years. The average number of illnesses associated with the vestibular disorder was 3.83±1.84; the

  15. Sinais em neurorradiologia: parte 1

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    Fabrício Guimarães Gonçalves

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    Full Text Available O uso de sinais ou analogias na interpretação de imagens na radiologia médica é prática comum e antiga entre os radiologistas. Comparação entre achados de imagem com animais, alimentos ou objetos se faz de modo natural. Muitos sinais são bastante específicos e em alguns casos patognomônicos. Independentemente do grau de especificidade, sinais auxiliam a prática radiológica. Vários sinais já foram descritos em neurorradiologia. Neste artigo os autores demonstrarão 15 sinais neurorradiológicos. Serão abordados as principais características de cada um, a sua importância na prática clínica e os seus achados de imagem.

  16. Que pacientes atende um neurologista? Alicerce de um currículo em neurologia Which patients does the neurologist assist? Basis for a curriculum in neurology

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    João Eliezer Ferri-de-Barros

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Apresentar os diagnósticos mais freqüentes em pacientes encaminhados a neurologistas e discutir a importância destes achados para a definição de um currículo em neurologia. EMBASAMENTO:O desenvolvimento de subespecialidades em neurologia tem interferido na definição do que deveria ser ensinado no treinamento de um médico ou de um neurologista. O conhecimento de quais são as doenças neurológicas mais comuns pode contribuir para a construção deste currículo. MÉTODO: Os diagnósticos iniciais de 1815 pacientes encaminhados a um ambulatório de neurologia, num hospital público universitário em São Paulo, Brasil, são analisados. RESULTADOS:Os diagnósticos mais comuns, em ordem decrescente de frequência, foram: cefaléia, epilepsia, transtornos mentais, doença encéfalo-vascular, traumatismo craniencefálico, polineuropatia, síndrome vestibular, paraparesia crural espástica, síndrome extrapiramidal, síndrome demencial, hipertensão intracraniana e paralisia facial. CONCLUSÕES: A importância das subespecialidades no currículo deve ser relacionada à frequência da doença neurológica na comunidade.OBJECTIVE: To present the most frequent diagnosis of patients referred to a neurologist and to discuss the importance of this finding for the definition of the curriculum in Neurology. BACKGROUND:The development of subespecialties of Neurology is interfering in the definition of what should be taught to train a physician or a neurologist. The knowledge of which are the most common neurological diseases may contribute to construct these curricula. METHOD:The initial diagnosis in 1815 outpatients referred to the neurologic service of an university-affiliated public hospital in São Paulo, Brazil, were analyzed. RESULTS: The most common diagnosis, in decreasing order of frequency, were: headache, epilepsy, mental disorders, cerebrovascular disease, head injury, polyneuropathy, vestibular syndrome, spastic crural

  17. Unusual magnetic resonance findings in two children with sudden sensorineural hearing loss Achados incomuns nas ressonâncias magnéticas de duas crianças com perda auditiva neuro-sensorial súbita

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    Emerson L. Gasparetto

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To describe the MRI findings of two pediatric patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL. CASE REPORTS: Two male patients (two-year and three-months-old, and one year and four-months-old presented with sudden dumbness. Physical and neurological examinations were unremarkable besides bilateral hypoacusia. All the laboratory investigation was negative, and brain stem auditory evoked potentials showed deep bilateral deafness in both cases. MRI studies revealed normal inner ears and multifocal white matter areas of slight low signal on T1-weighted images and high signal on FLAIR images. The follow-up MRI studies and neurological examinations did not demonstrate alterations in the previous findings. CONCLUSION: Pediatric patients with SSHL may present cerebral white matter signal abnormalities at the MRI as the only finding. Further studies with larger casuistics need to be conducted to elucidate these findings.OBJETIVO: Descrever os achados de ressonância magnética (RM em dois pacientes pediátricos com perda auditiva neuro-sensorial súbita (PANS. RELATO DOS CASOS: Dois pacientes masculinos (dois anos e três meses e um ano e quarto meses de idade apresentaram-se com surdez súbita. Os exames físico e neurológico foram normais, à exceção da hipoacusia. Toda a investigação laboratorial foi normal, e os potenciais auditivos evocados do tronco cerebral demonstraram surdez profunda bilateral. Os exames de RM evidenciaram estruturas normais dos ouvidos internos e áreas multifocais de discreto hipossinal em T1 e hipersinal em FLAIR na substância branca dos hemisférios cerebrais. As RMs e os exames neurológicos de controle não demonstraram alterações nos achados prévios. CONCLUSÃO: Pacientes pediátricos com PANS podem apresentar à RM alterações de sinal na substância branca dos hemisférios cerebrais como único achado. Estudos futuros com casuísticas maiores deverão ser conduzidos para a elucidação destes

  18. Vestibular Neuritis With Minimal Canal Paresis: Characteristics and Clinical Implication.

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    Kim, Hyun Ji; Kim, Dae-Young; Hwang, Jun Ha; Kim, Kyu-Sung

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    To analyze the clinical characteristics of vestibular neuritis patients with minimal canal paresis (canal paresis vestibular neuritis and treated at our institute (n=201) underwent otoneurological examination and vestibular function tests. Patients were categorized in terms of the results of caloric testing (canal paresisvestibular neuritis patients, but have faster recovery of symptoms and a higher incidence of recovery nystagmus. This finding support that the minimal canal paresis could be considered as a milder type of vestibular neuritis.

  19. Interactive Healthcare Systems in the Home: Vestibular Rehabilitation

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

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    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.......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....

  20. Use of Galvanic Vestibular Feedback for a Balance Prosthesis

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    Activation of vestibular afferents by a bilateral bipolar galvanic vestibular stimulus (GVS) evokes medial-lateral (ML) body sway. By applying a GVS feedback signal that is a function of measured ML head motion, the potential exists for GVS to restore a useful vestibular contribution to ML balance control in vestibular-deficient subjects who remain responsive to GVS. A key to developing an effective balance prosthesis using GVS is to determine the functional relationship between GVS and its i...

  1. Auditory and Vestibular Issues Related to Human Spaceflight

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    Danielson, Richard W.; Wood, Scott J.

    2009-01-01

    Human spaceflight provides unique opportunities to study human vestibular and auditory systems. This session will discuss 1) vestibular adaptive processes reflected by pronounced perceptual and motor coordination problems during, and after, space missions; 2) vestibular diagnostic and rehabilitative techniques (used to promote recovery after living in altered gravity environments) that may be relevant to treatment of vestibular disorders on earth; and 3) unique acoustical challenges to hearing loss prevention and crew performance during spaceflight missions.

  2. Atributos Individuais, Background Familiar e as Chances de Sucesso dos Candidatos ao Vestibular da UFC

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    Ronaldo de Albuquerque e Arraes; Daniel Barboza Guimarães

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    Analisar os determinantes dos desempenhos de candidatos ao concurso vestibular da UFC constitui-se o foco central deste artigo. A metodologia baseou-se em uma função de produção de rendimento educacional e estimação feita por modelos econométricos de escolha discreta, dicotômico e policotômico, com o fito de se extrair as chances de os candidatos lograrem êxito em todas as áreas do concurso. Para tanto, foi utilizada uma base de dados derivada de questionários socioeconômicos dos candidatos, ...

  3. Visual dependency and dizziness after vestibular neuritis.

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    Sian Cousins

    Full Text Available 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 least 6 months after acute illness. Recovery status was not a criterion for study entry, allowing recruitment of patients with a full range of persistent symptoms. We measured visual dependence with a laptop-based Rod-and-Disk Test and severity of symptoms with the Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI. The third of patients showing the worst clinical outcomes (mean DHI score 36-80 had significantly greater visual dependence than normal subjects (6.35° error vs. 3.39° respectively, p = 0.03. Asymptomatic patients and those with minor residual symptoms did not differ from controls. Visual dependence was associated with high levels of persistent vestibular symptoms after acute VN. Over-reliance on visual information for spatial orientation is one characteristic of poorly recovered vestibular neuritis patients. The finding may be clinically useful given that visual dependence may be modified through rehabilitation desensitization techniques.

  4. 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 least 6 months after acute illness. Recovery status was not a criterion for study entry, allowing recruitment of patients with a full range of persistent symptoms. We measured visual dependence with a laptop-based Rod-and-Disk Test and severity of symptoms with the Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI). The third of patients showing the worst clinical outcomes (mean DHI score 36-80) had significantly greater visual dependence than normal subjects (6.35° error vs. 3.39° respectively, p = 0.03). Asymptomatic patients and those with minor residual symptoms did not differ from controls. Visual dependence was associated with high levels of persistent vestibular symptoms after acute VN. Over-reliance on visual information for spatial orientation is one characteristic of poorly recovered vestibular neuritis patients. The finding may be clinically useful given that visual dependence may be modified through rehabilitation desensitization techniques.

  5. Vestibular stimulation for management of premenstrual syndrome.

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    Johny, Minu; Kumar, Sai Sailesh; Rajagopalan, Archana; Mukkadan, Joseph Kurien

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    The present study was undertaken to observe the effectiveness of vestibular stimulation in the management of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). The present study was an experimental study; twenty female participants of age group 18-30 years were recruited in the present study. Conventional swing was used to administer vestibular stimulation. Variables were recorded before and after vestibular stimulation and compared. Depression and stress scores are significantly decreased after 2 months of intervention. Anxiety scores decreased followed by vestibular stimulation. However, it is no statistically significant. Serum cortisol levels significantly decreased after 2 months of intervention. WHOQOL-BREF-transformed scores were not significantly changed followed by the intervention. However, psychological domain score (T2) and social relationships domain score (T3) were increased followed by intervention. Systolic blood pressure was significantly decreased after 2 months of intervention. No significant change was observed in diastolic pressure and pulse rate. Pain score was significantly decreased after 2 months of intervention. Mini mental status examination scores and spatial and verbal memory score were significantly improved followed by intervention. The present study provides preliminary evidence for implementing vestibular stimulation for management of PMS as a nonpharmacological therapy. Hence, we recommend further well-controlled, detailed studies in this area with higher sample size.

  6. Complications of Microsurgery of Vestibular Schwannoma

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    Jan Betka

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    Full Text Available 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, grade 3: 62, and grade 4: 225 removal was performed. The main neurological complication was facial nerve dysfunction. The intermediate and poor function (HB III–VI was observed in 124 cases (45% immediately after surgery and in 104 cases (33% on the last followup. We encountered disordered vestibular compensation in 13%, permanent trigeminal nerve dysfunction in 1%, and transient lower cranial nerves (IX–XI deficit in 6%. Nonneurological complications included CSF leakage in 63% (lateral/medial variant: 99/1%, headache in 9%, and intracerebral hemorrhage in 5%. We did not encounter any case of meningitis. Conclusions. Our study demonstrates that despite the benefits of advanced high-tech equipment, refined microsurgical instruments, and highly developed neuroimaging technologies, there are still various and significant complications associated with vestibular schwannomas microsurgery.

  7. Vestibular Schwannoma or acoustic neuroma

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    Hekmatara M

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    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.

  8. Origin of vestibular dysfunction in Usher syndrome type 1B.

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    Sun, J.; Alphen, A.M. van; Wagenaar, M.; Huygen, P.L.M.; Hoogenraad, C.C.; Hasson, T.; Koekkoek, S.K.; Bohne, B.A.; Zeeuw, C.I. de

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    It is still debated to what extent the vestibular deficits in Usher patients are due to either central vestibulocerebellar or peripheral vestibular problems. Here, we determined the origin of the vestibular symptoms in Usher 1B patients by subjecting them to compensatory eye movement tests and by

  9. Major diseases manifesting by vestibular vertigo: Treatment and rehabilitation

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    V. A. Parfenov

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    Full Text Available Betahistine hydrochloride is the drug of choice for the treatment of vestibular vertigo in the presence of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, Meniere's disease, and vestibular neuronitis. Effective combination therapy regimens that contain, along with drugs from other pharmacological groups, betahistine hydrochloride that improves blood circulation in the vestibular structures, accelerates vestibular compensation, and prevents recurrent dizzy spells, have been elaborated to treat central vestibular vertigo in migraine-associated dizziness and in acute cerebrovascular accident. Of great importance is a combination of drug therapy and the current rehabilitation methods for vestibular diseases, which contribute to prompter and complete recovery of vestibular function. Biofeedback instrumental rehabilitation techniques using a stabilographic platformare highly effective. Successful treatment depends on the correctness of the established diagnosis. The diagnosis of peripheral and central vestibular vertigo frequently poses challenges. The essential reason for this is physicians’ unawareness about outpatient methods for the diagnosis of major vestibular diseases when the patient is at a doctor. It is important to follow a vestibular system study protocol since the use and correct assessment of diagnostic tests in most cases make it possible to estimate the degree of vestibular analyzer injury and to make an accurate diagnosis. The paper describes the diseases that are the most common causes of vestibular vertigo. The most effective methods for their treatment and current rehabilitation methods are discussed.

  10. Can a finding of cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potentials contribute to vestibular migraine diagnostics?

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    Tihana Vešligaj

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    Full Text Available Aim To investigate differences in vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP results with patients suffering from vestibular migraine and healthy people, taking into consideration values of threshold and latency of occurrence of the characteristic wave complex, size of amplitude, and interaural amplitude ratio. According to the results, determine the importance and usefulness of VEMP in vestibular migraine diagnostics. Methods A total number of 62 subjects were included in the study, 32 of them belonging to a group of patients suffering from vestibular migraine (VM, while other 30 were in a control group of healthy subjects. Information was collected during the diagnostic evaluation. General and otoneurological history of patients and bedside tests, audiological results, videonystagmography and cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (cVEMP were made. Results There was a difference in an interaural ratio of amplitudes in the experimental and control groups, but it was not found to be clinically significant. By ToneBurst 500 Hz method, the interaural amplitude ratio higher than 35% was measured in 46.97% subjects, while the response was totally unilaterally missing in 28.8% patients. Conclusion Even the sophisticated method as cVEMP does not give the ultimate result confirming the vestibular migraine diagnosis, and neither do other diagnostic methods. cVEMP result can contribute to the completion of full mosaic of vestibular migraine diagnostics.

  11. Inferior vestibular neuritis: 3 cases with clinical features of acute vestibular neuritis, normal calorics but indications of saccular failure

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    Monstad, Per; Økstad, Siri; Mygland, Åse

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    Abstract Background Vestibular neuritis (VN) is commonly diagnosed by demonstration of unilateral vestibular failure, as unilateral loss of caloric response. As this test reflects the function of the superior part of the vestibular nerve only, cases of pure inferior nerve neuritis will be lost. Case presentations We describe three patients with symptoms suggestive of VN, but normal calorics. All 3 had unilateral loss of vestibular evoked myogenic potential. A slight, asymptomatic position dep...

  12. Chulalongkorn vestibular balance exercise for rehabilitation in persons with various types of vestibular disorders.

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    Patarapak, Saowaros; Jarusripan, Paninee; Isipradit, Permsarp

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    To study the efficiency of Chulalongkorn vestibular balance exercise for rehabilitation in persons with various types of vestibular disorders. Fifty-eight patients with various types of vestibular disorder were identified by a retrospective chart review. Thirty of the 58 patients met the inclusion criteria of having dizziness and unsteadiness post vestibular diseases with complete record of neuro-otologic examination; vestibular tests and had been followed-up for at least 3 month. These patients were treated with Chulalongkorn vestibular balance exercise and were evaluated for dizziness symptoms and balance bedside test at the beginning of treatment, one month and three months after the exercise. The average age of the patients was 50.34 ± 14.04 years. The average of duration of exercise program was 5.6 months. There were 6 cases of vestibular neuronitis; 5 cases of post acoustic neuroma removal; 4 cases of acute cochleovestibular loss; 3 cases of motion sickness; 2 cases of cerebellar atrophy; 3 cases of multisensory dizziness; 4 cases of post meningitis with deafness; and 3 cases of ototoxicity. After the exercise, improvement of dizziness symptoms could be found in all groups of the diseases at one month and three months. The objective of balance bedside test was improved in most cases except motion sickness, multisensory dizziness and cerebellar atrophy. The overall percentage of improvement of dizziness was statistically significant at one month and three months (p = 0.0373 and p balance bedside test was statistically improved at three months after the exercise (p = 0.034). Chulalongkorn vestibular balance exercise gave significantly effective results in the treatment of dizziness and unsteadiness from various types of vestibular disorder. This study demonstrated improvement of dizziness symptom post-exercise at one month and three months with statistical significance. The balance bedside test was also statistically significant improved at three months post-exercise.

  13. Neural Correlates of Sensory Substitution in Vestibular Pathways Following Complete Vestibular Loss

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    Sadeghi, Soroush G.; Minor, Lloyd B.; Cullen, Kathleen E.

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    Sensory substitution is the term typically used in reference to sensory prosthetic devices designed to replace input from one defective modality with input from another modality. Such devices allow an alternative encoding of sensory information that is no longer directly provided by the defective modality in a purposeful and goal-directed manner. The behavioral recovery that follows complete vestibular loss is impressive and has long been thought to take advantage of a natural form of sensory substitution in which head motion information is no longer provided by vestibular inputs, but instead by extra-vestibular inputs such as proprioceptive and motor efference copy signals. Here we examined the neuronal correlates of this behavioral recovery after complete vestibular loss in alert behaving monkeys (Macaca mulata). We show for the first time that extra-vestibular inputs substitute for the vestibular inputs to stabilize gaze at the level of single neurons in the VOR premotor circuitry. The summed weighting of neck proprioceptive and efference copy information was sufficient to explain simultaneously observed behavioral improvements in gaze stability. Furthermore, by altering correspondence between intended and actual head movement we revealed a four-fold increase in the weight of neck motor efference copy signals consistent with the enhanced behavioral recovery observed when head movements are voluntary versus unexpected. Thus, taken together our results provide direct evidence that the substitution by extra-vestibular inputs in vestibular pathways provides a neural correlate for the improvements in gaze stability that are observed following the total loss of vestibular inputs. PMID:23077054

  14. Can electromagnetic fields emitted by mobile phones stimulate the vestibular organ?

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    Pau, Hans Wilhelm; Sievert, Uwe; Eggert, Siegfried; Wild, Walter

    2005-01-01

    Pulsating electromagnetic (EM) radiation emitted by mobile phones is often incriminated for causing tissue alterations by caloric effects. In particular, the eye and the ear were regarded as possible "hot spots," with heating up to 1 degree C, in which EM radiation might have negative effects. If so, these temperature increments should be large enough to cause vestibular excitation. In this study, we attempted to verify this theory by clinical testing and in vitro experiments. In our laboratory, a simulated GSM signal (889.6 MHz/2.2 W) was applied to 1 ear at a time, while video nystagmography was performed. The experimental setup was similar to that used for caloric (hot and cold water) testing of the peripheral vestibular organ. Data were evaluated by a computer system. There were 13 volunteers (26 ears) included in our study. In an additional experiment, temperatures of human temporal bones were measured by thermography, while a continuous or pulsating EM field was applied. In no volunteer could EM radiation-induced nystagmus be recorded. This corresponds well to our findings that in the human temporal bone very weak caloric effects could only be found in the tissue layers next to the radiation source (antenna of the mobile phone), whereas deeper regions (horizontal semicircular canal) seemed unaffected (at least less than 0.1 degree C). These results do not support the theory that mobile phone-induced EM radiation may cause caloric negative effects in the human ear.

  15. Lateral medullary syndrome following injury of the vestibular pathway to the core vestibular cortex: Diffusion tensor imaging study.

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    Yeo, Sang Seok; Jang, Sung Ho; Kwon, Jung Won

    2018-02-05

    The parieto-insular vestibular cortex (PIVC) is a core region of vestibular input into regions of the cortex. The vestibular nuclei have reciprocal connections with the PIVC. However, little is known about injury of the core vestibular pathway to the PIVC in patients with dorsolateral medullary infarctions. In this study, using diffusion tensor tractography (DTT), we investigated injury of the neural connections between the vestibular nuclei and the PIVC in patients with typical central vestibular disorder. Eight consecutive patients with lateral medullary syndrome and 10 control subjects were recruited for this study. To reconstruct the core vestibular pathway to the PIVC, we defined the seed region of interest (ROI) as the vestibular nuclei of the pons and the target ROI as the PIVC. Fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity (MD), and tract volume were measured. The core vestibular pathway to the PIVC showed significantly lower tract volume in patients compared with the control group (p0.05). In conclusion, injury of the core vestibular pathway to the PIVC was demonstrated in patients with lateral vestibular syndrome following dorsolateral medullary infarcts. We believe that analysis of the core vestibular pathway to the PIVC using DTT would be helpful in evaluating patients with lateral medullary syndrome. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Persistent trigeminal artery: angio-tomography and angio-magnetic resonance finding Artéria trigeminal persistente: achado na angio-tomografia e angio-ressonância magnética

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    Lícia Pachêco Pereira

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available The trigeminal artery (TA is the most common embryonic carotid-vertebrobasilar anastomosis to persist into adulthood. It typically extends from the internal carotid artery to the basilar artery. Persistent primitive arteries are usually found incidentally, but are often associated with vascular malformation, cerebral aneurysm and, in case of TA, with trigeminal neuralgia. We present one patient with TA as a cause of trigeminal neuralgia and in other three as an incidental finding, on TC and MR angiograms.Artéria trigeminal (AT é a anastomose carótido-vertebrobasilar mais comum a persistir na vida adulta. Tipicamente estende-se da artéria carótida interna até a artéria basilar. Artérias primitivas persistentes são usualmente um achado incidental, mas freqüentemente estão associadas a malformações vasculares, aneurismas e, no caso da AT, a neuralgia do trigêmio. Apresentamos um paciente com AT como causa de neuralgia do trigêmio e em outros três como um achado incidental, em angiogramas por tomomografia computadorizada e ressonância magnética.

  17. Reabilitação vestibular com realidade virtual na ataxia espinocerebelar

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

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    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, inspeção 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 pacien...

  18. Hormônio folículo estimulante como preditor do achado de espermatozóides móveis na biópsia testicular de casos de azoospermia

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    Souza Carlos Augusto Bastos de

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar fatores preditivos do achado de espermatozóides móveis em casos de azoospermia. MÉTODOS: Sessenta pacientes com diagnóstico de azoospermia tiveram avaliado seu volume testicular e dosagens séricas de hormônio folículo estimulante (FSH, hormônio luteinizante (LH, prolactina e testosterona. Os pacientes foram submetidos à biópsia testicular bilateral com anestesia local. As amostras obtidas foram submetidas à avaliação no laboratório de biologia de reprodução, sendo classificadas em: ausência de espermatozóides, presença de espermatozóides móveis e imóveis, e à avaliação histológica. Foram comparados: idade, valores hormonais, volume testicular e histologia com o achado de espermatozóides móveis. Foi considerado significativo um P < 0,05. RESULTADOS: Quarenta e cinco pacientes possuíam azoospermia não-obstrutiva. Foi encontrada uma diferença significativa entre os grupos com achado de espermatozóides móveis e o grupo com ausência de espermatozóides quanto aos valores de FSH (P=0,037 ANOVA one-way. Foi construída uma curva ROC que determinou valores abaixo de 16,05 UI/L (sensibilidade de 76,2%, especificidade de 67,7% como preditivos do achado de espermatozóides móveis. Não foram encontradas outras diferenças estatísticas. CONCLUSÕES: O FSH possui boa acurácia na determinação da presença de espermatozóides móveis na biópsia testicular de pacientes azoospérmicos. O exame físico, os valores de testosterona, LH e prolactina não podem ser utilizados na predição do sucesso da biópsia testicular para fins de reprodução assistida.

  19. Augmented ocular vestibular evoked myogenic potentials to air-conducted sound in large vestibular aqueduct syndrome.

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    Taylor, Rachael L; Bradshaw, Andrew P; Magnussen, John S; Gibson, William P R; Halmagyi, G Michael; Welgampola, Miriam S

    2012-01-01

    To demonstrate the value of recording air-conducted ocular Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (oVEMP) in a patient with bilaterally enlarged vestibular aqueducts. Cervical VEMP and oVEMP were recorded from a patient presenting with bilateral hearing loss and imbalance, attributable to large vestibular aqueduct syndrome. The stimuli were air-conducted tone bursts at octave frequencies from 250 to 2000 Hz. Amplitudes and thresholds were measured and compared with the normal response range of 32 healthy control subjects. oVEMP reflexes demonstrated pathologically increased amplitudes and reduced thresholds for low-frequency tone bursts. Cervical VEMP amplitudes and thresholds were within normal limits for both ears across all frequencies of stimulation. This study is the first to describe the augmentation of AC oVEMPs in an adult with large vestibular aqueduct syndrome.

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

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    Paul eSmith

    2013-11-01

    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.

  1. Physiological principles of vestibular function on earth and in space

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    Minor, L. B.

    1998-01-01

    Physiological mechanisms underlying vestibular function have important implications for our ability to understand, predict, and modify balance processes during and after spaceflight. The microgravity environment of space provides many unique opportunities for studying the effects of changes in gravitoinertial force on structure and function of the vestibular system. Investigations of basic vestibular physiology and of changes in reflexes occurring as a consequence of exposure to microgravity have important implications for diagnosis and treatment of vestibular disorders in human beings. This report reviews physiological principles underlying control of vestibular processes on earth and in space. Information is presented from a functional perspective with emphasis on signals arising from labyrinthine receptors. Changes induced by microgravity in linear acceleration detected by the vestibulo-ocular reflexes. Alterations of the functional requirements for postural control in space are described. Areas of direct correlation between studies of vestibular reflexes in microgravity and vestibular disorders in human beings are discussed.

  2. Inferior vestibular neuritis: 3 cases with clinical features of acute vestibular neuritis, normal calorics but indications of saccular failure

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    Økstad Siri

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Vestibular neuritis (VN is commonly diagnosed by demonstration of unilateral vestibular failure, as unilateral loss of caloric response. As this test reflects the function of the superior part of the vestibular nerve only, cases of pure inferior nerve neuritis will be lost. Case presentations We describe three patients with symptoms suggestive of VN, but normal calorics. All 3 had unilateral loss of vestibular evoked myogenic potential. A slight, asymptomatic position dependent nystagmus, with the pathological ear down, was observed. Conclusion We believe that these patients suffer from pure inferior nerve vestibular neuritis.

  3. Compensation of Vestibular Function and Plasticity of Vestibular Nucleus after Unilateral Cochleostomy

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    Suh, Myung-Whan; Hyun, Jaihwan; Lyu, Ah-Ra; Kim, Dong Woon; Park, Sung Jae; Choi, Jin Woong; Hur, Gang Min; Park, Yong-Ho

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    Dizziness and vertigo frequently occur after cochlear implantation (CI) surgery, particularly during the early stages. It could recover over time but some of the patients suffered from delayed or sustained vestibular symptoms after CI. This study used rat animal models to investigate the effect of unilateral cochleostomy on the vestibular organs over time. Twenty-seven Sprague Dawley rats underwent cochleostomy to evaluate the postoperative changes in hearing threshold, gain and symmetry of t...

  4. Value of the video head impulse test in assessing vestibular deficits following vestibular neuritis.

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    Bartolomeo, Mickael; Biboulet, Roselyne; Pierre, Guillemette; Mondain, Michel; Uziel, Alain; Venail, Frederic

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    To evaluate the performance of the video head impulse test (VHIT) in assessing vestibular deficit in vestibular neuritis. Test validation study was conducted in Tertiary referral center. Twenty-nine patients, referred for vestibular neuritis between October 2009 and March 2012, were included. We recorded age, gender, values of caloric deficit (caloric testing), and deficits in semicircular function (VHIT) at initial presentation and at the follow-up visit (1-3 months). Multivariate linear regression analysis was performed to determine variables associated with values of caloric testing at the follow-up visit. Diagnostic values of VHIT were compared with caloric testing data using the receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curve and subsequent statistical analysis. At the follow-up visit, complete recovery occurred in 31% of cases according to caloric evaluation, and VHIT normalized in 51.8%. Multivariate regression showed that a higher caloric deficit at the follow-up visit was associated with elevated age (p = 0.012) and high caloric deficit at initial presentation (p = 0.042). A lower caloric deficit was associated with normal VHIT results at the follow-up visit (p vestibular deficits in vestibular neuritis. However, VHIT lacks sensitivity by comparison with caloric testing, especially for moderate vestibular lesions.

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

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    Masoud Motasaddi Zarandy

    2011-12-01

    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.

  6. Contrasting results of tests of peripheral vestibular function in patients with bilateral large vestibular aqueduct syndrome.

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    Zhou, Yu-Juan; Wu, Yong-Zhen; Cong, Ning; Yu, Jing; Gu, Jun; Wang, Jing; Chi, Fang-Lu

    2017-08-01

    To analyze and summarize the effect of bilateral large vestibular aqueducts in peripheral vestibular organ function. Eighteen patients with bilateral large vestibular aqueduct syndrome (LVAS; Study Group) and 18 healthy volunteers (Control Group) were investigated using audiometry, caloric test, sensory organization test (SOT), and vestibular-evoked myogenic potential (VEMP) tests. All 18 patients (36 ears) exhibited sensorineural hearing loss. For cervical VEMP (cVEMP), the Study Group showed lower thresholds (Study Group vs. 71.4vs. 75.3dBnHL; p=0.006), N1 latencies (24.1vs. 25.2ms; p=0.026) and shorter P1 (15.3vs. 16.6ms; p=0.003), and higher amplitudes (400.7vs. 247.2µV; pvestibular test in otolithic organs and the hypofunction of vestibular test in semicircular canals, as well as the dysfunction in the balance test were demonstrated in patients with LVAS. Our findings can help clinicians gain a better understanding of the characteristics of vestibular organ function in patients with LVAS, which can facilitate optimal targeted treatment. Copyright © 2017 International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Central vestibular dysfunction in an otorhinolaryngological vestibular unit: incidence and diagnostic strategy.

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

    2014-07-01

    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 vestibular 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.

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

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    Mostafa, Badr E.

    2014-03-01

    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 vestibular 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.

  9. Vestibular neuritis: three-dimensional videonystagmography and vestibular evoked myogenic potential results.

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    Chen, C W; Young, Y H; Wu, C H

    2000-10-01

    Eight patients diagnosed with vestibular neuritis received the newly developed three-dimensional videonystagmography (3D VNG) and vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP) examination in order to localize the lesion site. Two (25%) of the 8 patients exhibited spontaneous nystagmus with 3 components, indicating that both the horizontal semicircular canal (HSCC) and anterior semicircular canal (ASCC) were affected. The remaining 6 patients (75%) displayed only horizontal nystagmus, meaning that only the HSCC was involved. Seven (88%) of the 8 patients had bilateral normal VEMPs, revealing sparing of the posterior semicircular canal (PSCC). In a comparative study, another seven patients with vestibular neuritis 1 year post-treatment also received the caloric test, 3D VNG and VEMP examination. Only one patient exhibited spontaneous nystagmus. An absent caloric response of the lesioned side persisted in 5 (71%) of the 7 patients. However, all patients showed normal VEMPs bilaterally. 3D VNG and VEMP examination indicates that vestibular neuritis mainly affects the superior division of the vestibular nerve, which innervates the HSCC and ASCC. Meanwhile, the function of the PSCC and saccule, innervated by the inferior vestibular nerve, is preserved.

  10. CONTRIBUTION OF THE AUDIOLOGICAL AND VESTIBULAR ASSESSMENT TO THE DIFFERENTIAL AND ETIOLOGICAL DIAGNOSIS OF PERIPHERIC VESTIBULAR SYNDROMES

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    Loreta Ungureanu

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    Full Text Available Scope of the study: Vestibular pathology is a complex one, requiring a minute clinical evaluation, as well as numerous paraclinical investigations. The present study analyzes the contribution of the modern methods of vestibular and auditive investigation to the diagnosis of dizziness. Materials and method: The results of the investigations performed on 84 patients with peripheric vestibular syndrome, on whom a complete audiological and vestibular assessment had been also made, have been retrospectively analyzed. Results: Anamnestic data and the results of evaluation permitted classification of peripheric vestibular pathology according to topo-lesional and etiological criteria. The most frequently diagnosed diseases were: benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, Ménière syndrome and vestibular neuronitis. Conclusions: Testing of the vestibulo-ocular and vestibulo-spinal reflexes through videonystagmoscopy and, respectively, computerized dynamic posturography, besides tonal vocal audiometry and precocious auditive potentials, is especially important for a positive diagnosis and etiological differentiation of vestibular syndromes.

  11. Binocular cyclotorsion in superior vestibular neuritis.

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    Lapenna, R; Pellegrino, A; Ricci, G; Cagini, C; Faralli, M

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    Conjugated cyclotorsion of the eyes toward the affected side can commonly be observed in vestibular neuritis. The aim of this study was to assess the differences in cyclotorsion between the ipsi- and contralesional eye during selective involvement of the superior branch of the vestibular nerve. We studied binocular cyclotorsion through ocular fundus photographs in 10 patients affected by acute superior vestibular neuritis (SVN). Cyclotorsion was also studied in 20 normal subjects. All SVN patients showed an ipsilesional cycloversion of the eyes. Normal subjects exhibited a constant mild excyclovergence (6.42 ± 2.34°). In SVN patients, contralateral incyclotorsion (8.4 ± 8.14°) was lower and not normally distributed compared to ipsilateral eye excyclotorsion (17.9 ± 4.36°) with no correlation between them. The interocular difference in cyclodeviation could be related to the starting physiological excyclovergence, to different tonic effects on the extraocular muscles of the two eyes and to the different influence of spontaneous nystagmus on cyclodeviation in the two eyes. We recommend referring only to ipsilateral excyclotorsion in the evaluation of utricular function during SVN and its subsequent compensation. Further studies are required to determine the binocular cyclotorsion in the case of other kinds of selective involvement of the vestibular nerve. © Copyright by Società Italiana di Otorinolaringologia e Chirurgia Cervico-Facciale.

  12. Vestibular migraine: clinical and epidemiological aspects

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    Ligia Oliveira Gonçalves Morganti

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: Vestibular migraine (VM is one of the most often common diagnoses in neurotology, but only recently has been recognized as a disease. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the clinical and epidemiological profile of patients with VM. METHODS: This was a retrospective, observational, and descriptive study, with analysis of patients' records from an outpatient VM clinic. RESULTS: 94.1% of patients were females and 5.9% were males. The mean age was 46.1 years; 65.6% of patients had had headache for a longer period than dizziness. A correlation was detected between VM symptoms and the menstrual period. 61.53% of patients had auditory symptoms, with tinnitus the most common, although tonal audiometry was normal in 68.51%. Vectoelectronystagmography was normal in 67.34%, 10.20% had hyporeflexia, and 22.44% had vestibular hyperreflexia. Electrophysiological assessment showed no abnormalities in most patients. Fasting plasma glucose and glycemic curve were normal in most patients, while the insulin curve was abnormal in 75%. 82% of individuals with MV showed abnormalities on the metabolism of carbohydrates. CONCLUSION: VM affects predominantly middle-aged women, with migraine headache representing the first symptom, several years before vertigo. Physical, auditory, and vestibular evaluations are usually normal. The most frequent vestibular abnormality was hyperreflexia. Most individuals showed abnormality related to carbohydrate metabolism.

  13. Interaural difference values of vestibular evoked myogenic.

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    Marziyeh Moallemi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Migraine is a neurologic disease, which often is associated with a unilateral headache. Vestibular abnormalities are common in migraine. Vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMPs assess otolith function in particular functional integrity of the saccule and the inferior vestibular nerve. We used VEMP to evaluate if the migraine headache can affect VEMP asymmetry parameters. A total of 25 patients with migraine (22 females and 3 males who were diagnosed according to the criteria of IHS-1988 were enrolled in this cross-sectional study. Control group consisted of 26 healthy participants (18 female and 8 male, without neurotological symptoms and history of migraine. The short tone burst (95 dB nHL, 500 Hz was presented to ears. VEMP was recorded with surface electromyography over the contracted ipsilateral sternocleidomastoid (SCM muscle. Although current results showed that the amplitude ratio is greater in migraine patients than normal group, there was no statistical difference between two groups in mean asymmetry parameters of VEMP. Asymmetry measurements in vestibular evoked myogenic potentials probably are not indicators of unilateral deficient in saccular pathways of migraine patients.

  14. CT scan findings in mild head trauma: a series of 2,000 patients Achados tomográficos no trauma cranioencefálico leve: análise de 2000 casos

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    Kelly C. Bordignon

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    Full Text Available The present study describes the cranial computed tomography (CT scan findings of 2,000 cases of mild head trauma (HT in Curitiba, Southern Brazil. The mean age of the entire series was 30.8 ±19 years. The overall male to female ratio was 2:1. The most common causes of head injury were interpersonal aggression (17.9%, falls (17.4%, automobile accidents (16.2%, falls to the ground (13.1% and pedestrian injuries (13 %. Alcohol intoxication was associated with HT in 158 cases (7.9%. A normal CT scan was seen in 60.75% (1215 and an abnormal CT scan in 39.25% (785 of patients. Out of 785 abnormal CT scan, 518(65.9% lesions were related to HT. The most common CT scan HT related findings were: soft tissue swelling (8.9 %, skull fractures (4.3 %, intracranial and subgaleal hematomas (3.4% and 2.4 %, brain swelling (2 % and brain contusion (1.2%. Out of 785 abnormal CT scans, 267 (34.1% lesions were not related to head trauma. Incidental CT scan findings included brain atrophy (5.9%, one calcification (5.2% several calcifications (2.4% (probably neurocysticercosis in most cases, ischemic infarct (1.9% and leukoaraiosis (1.3%. These findings showed the importance of CT scan examination in mild head injuries. Further studies to identify mild HT patients at higher risk of significant brain injury are warranted in order to optimize its use.São descritos os achados de tomografia computadorizada craniana (TC de 2000 casos de trauma cranio-encefálico (TCE leve em Curitiba, Paraná. A idade média de toda série de pacientes foi 30,8 ± 19 anos. A razão homem/mulher foi 2:1. A causas mais comuns de TCE foram agressão interpessoal (17,9%, quedas de nível (17,4%, acidentes automobilísticos (16,2%, queda ao solo (13,1% e atropelamento (13%. Intoxicação por álcool foi um importante fator associado ao TCE e esteve presente em 158 casos (7,9% de 2000 pacientes. Uma TC normal ocorreu em 60,75% (1215 e uma TC anormal em 39,25% (785 dos pacientes. Das 785 TC

  15. Mood changes in the course of preparation for the Brazilian university admission exam - a longitudinal study Alterações de humor ao longo da preparação para o vestibular - um estudo longitudinal

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    Marco Aurélio Monteiro Peluso

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Academic examinations are an important source of stress for students. This study is intended to assess senior high school students' mood changes during the preparation for a very important academic examination, the Brazilian university admission examination. METHOD: Positive and Negative Affect Schedule - Expanded Form was used to assess the students three times in the course of the months preceding the examination. RESULTS: ANOVA for repeated measures showed that Negative Affect increased as the examination approached, and that this increment was already present months before the examinationtookplace. Asingle conditionallyindependent random effect model showed that time spent studying was associated with fluctuations in mood. CONCLUSION: Teenagers, in preparation for a very important examination, may present mood disturbances associated with both the proximity of the examination and their study load months before the examination actually takes place. Other stressing factors may play a role in these findings and should be further investigated.OBJETIVO: Exames acadêmicos são uma fonte importante de estresse para estudantes. Este estudo teve como objetivo avaliar alterações de humor em estudantes de terceiro ano do Ensino Médio ao longo da preparação para um exame acadêmico de grande importância, o vestibular. MÉTODO: Positive and Negative Affect Schedule - Expanded Form foi utilizado para avaliar os estudantes três vezes ao longo dos meses antecedendo o exame. RESULTADOS: ANOVA para medidas repetidas mostrou que o afeto negativo aumentou com a aproximação do exame e que esse aumento já estava presente meses antes dele acontecer. Um modelo de efeitos aleatórios com independência condicional mostrou que o tempo de estudo estava associado às flutuações de humor. CONCLUSÃO: Adolescentes em preparação para exames muito importantes podem apresentar um distúrbio de humor associado à proximidade do exame e à quantidade

  16. New insights into pathophysiology of vestibular migraine

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    Juan Manuel Espinosa-Sanchez

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Vestibular migraine (VM is a common disorder in which genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors probably contribute to its development. The pathophysiology of VM is unknown; nevertheless in the last few years, several studies are contributing to understand the neurophysiological pathways involved in VM. The current hypotheses are mostly based on the knowledge of migraine itself. The evidence of trigeminal innervation of the labyrinth vessels and the localization of vasoactive neuropeptides in the perivascular afferent terminals of these trigeminal fibers support the involvement of the trigemino-vascular system. The neurogenic inflammation triggered by activation of the trigeminal-vestibulocochlear reflex, with the subsequent inner ear plasma protein extravasation and the release of inflammatory mediators, can contribute to a sustained activation and sensitization of the trigeminal primary afferent neurons explaining VM symptoms. The reciprocal connections between brainstem vestibular nuclei and the structures that modulate trigeminal nociceptive inputs (rostral ventromedial medulla, ventrolateral periaqueductal grey, locus coeruleus and nucleus raphe magnus are critical to understand the pathophysiology of VM. Although cortical spreading depression can affect cortical areas involved in processing vestibular information, functional neuroimaging techniques suggest a dysmodulation in the multimodal sensory integration and processing of vestibular and nociceptive information, resulting from a vestibulo-thalamo-cortical dysfunction, as the pathogenic mechanism underlying VM. The elevated prevalence of VM suggests that multiple functional variants may confer a genetic susceptibility leading to a dysregulation of excitatory-inhibitory balance in brain structures involved in the processing of sensory information, vestibular inputs and pain. The interactions among several functional and structural neural networks could explain the pathogenic

  17. Bacterial pneumonia following bone marrow transplantation: HRCT findings Achados de TCAR nas pneumonias bacterianas após transplante de medula óssea

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    Luiz Otávio de Mattos Coelho

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To describe HRCT findings in patients with bacterial pneumonia following bone marrow transplantation (BMT. METHODS: This was a retrospective study involving 30 patients diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia in whom HRCT of the chest was performed within 24 h after the onset of symptoms and the diagnosis was confirmed, based on a positive culture of sputum or bronchial aspirate, together with a positive pleural fluid or blood culture, within one week after symptom onset. There were 20 male patients and 10 female patients. The median age was 21 years (range, 1-41 years. The BMT had been performed for the treatment of the following: chronic myeloid leukemia, in 14 cases; severe aplastic anemia, in 6; acute myeloid leukemia, in 4; Fanconi's anemia, in 3; and acute lymphocytic leukemia, in 3. Two radiologists analyzed the HRCT scans and reached their final decisions by consensus. RESULTS: The most common HRCT findings were air-space consolidation (in 60%, small centrilobular nodules (in 50%, ground-glass opacities (in 40%, bronchial wall thickening (in 20%, large nodules (in 20%, pleural lesions (in 16.7% and tree-in-bud opacities (in 10%. The pulmonary lesions were distributed in the central and peripheral areas in 15 patients, whereas they were exclusively peripheral in 11. Lesions were located in the lower and middle lobes of the lung in 22 and 20 patients, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: The most common HRCT findings in our patient sample were air-space consolidation, small centrilobular nodules and ground-glass opacities, most often in the central and peripheral regions of the middle and lower lung zones.OBJETIVO: Descrever os achados de TCAR em pacientes com pneumonia bacteriana após transplante de medula óssea (TMO. MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo com 30 pacientes diagnosticados com pneumonia bacteriana, documentada com TCAR do tórax realizada em até 24 h do início dos sintomas, e com diagnóstico comprovado com base em cultura positiva

  18. Vestibular evaluation in children with otitis media with effusion.

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    Kolkaila, E A; Emara, A A; Gabr, T A

    2015-04-01

    Fifty per cent of children with serous otitis media may have some balance disturbances. To evaluate vestibular function in children with otitis media with effusion. The control group comprised 25 children with bilateral normal hearing and middle-ear function. The study group consisted of 30 children with bilateral otitis media with effusion; these were divided into 2 subgroups according to air-bone gap size. Measures included the Arabic Dizziness Handicap Inventory, an imbalance evaluation sheet for children, vestibular bedside tests for children, and air- and bone-conducted vestibular-evoked myogenic potential testing. Arabic Dizziness Handicap Inventory scores and some vestibular bedside test results were significantly abnormal, with normal video-nystagmography results, in children with otitis media with effusion. Air-conducted vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials were recorded in 73 per cent of children with otitis media with effusion, with significantly delayed latencies. Bone-conducted vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials were successfully detected in 100 per cent of children with otitis media with effusion with similar results to the control group. The Arabic Dizziness Handicap Inventory and vestibular bedside tests are valuable tools for detecting vestibular impairment in children. Bone-conducted vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials are useful for vestibular system evaluation.

  19. Corticosteroids and vestibular exercises in vestibular neuritis. Single-blind randomized clinical trial.

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    Goudakos, John K; Markou, Konstantinos D; Psillas, George; Vital, Victor; Tsaligopoulos, Miltiadis

    2014-05-01

    IMPORTANCE The management of patients with unilateral acute vestibular neuritis (VN) has not been established to date. OBJECTIVE To compare the use of vestibular exercises vs corticosteroid therapy in the recovery of patients with acute VN. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS Prospective, single-blind, randomized clinical trial at a primary referral center. Among all patients with acute vertigo, those having VN were eligible for inclusion in the study. INTERVENTIONS Forty patients with acute VN were randomly assigned to perform vestibular exercises or to receive corticosteroid therapy. After a baseline examination, follow-up evaluations were performed at 1, 6, and 12 months. MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES Efficacy outcomes included clinical, canal, and otolith recovery. Scores on the European Evaluation of Vertigo Scale and the Dizziness Handicap Inventory were used for the evaluation of clinical recovery. Findings of caloric irrigation and vestibular evoked myogenic potentials indicated canal and otolith improvement, respectively. RESULTS Comparing the 2 treatment groups, no statistically significant differences were found in clinical, canal, or otolith recovery. At the 6-month examination, the number of patients with complete disease resolution in the corticosteroids group was significantly higher than that in the vestibular exercises group. However, at the end of the follow-up period, 45%(9 of 20) of patients in the vestibular exercises group and 50% (10 of 20) of patients in the corticosteroids group had complete disease resolution (P > .05). CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE Treating patients who have acute VN with vestibular exercises seems equivalently effective as treating them with corticosteroid therapy in clinical, caloric, and otolith recovery. Corticosteroid therapy seems to enhance earlier complete acute VN resolution, with no added benefit in the long-term prognosis.

  20. 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

  1. Symptomatic Recovery in Miller Fisher Syndrome Parallels Vestibular-Perceptual and not Vestibular-Ocular Reflex Function.

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    Seemungal, Barry M; Masaoutis, Panos; Green, David A; Plant, Gordon T; Bronstein, Adolfo M

    2011-01-01

    Unpleasant visual symptoms including oscillopsia and dizziness may occur when there is unexpected motion of the visual world across the subject's retina ("retinal slip") as in an acute spontaneous nystagmus or on head movement with an acute ophthalmoplegia. In contrast, subjects with chronic ocular dysmotility, e.g., congenital nystagmus or chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia, are typically symptom free. The adaptive processes that render chronic patients asymptomatic are obscure but may include a suppression of oscillopsia perception as well as an increased tolerance to perceived oscillopsia. Such chronic asymptomatic patients display an attenuation of vestibular-mediated angular velocity perception, implying a possible contributory role in the adaptive process. In order to assess causality between symptoms, signs (i.e., eye movements), and vestibular-perceptual function, we prospectively assessed symptom ratings and ocular-motor and perceptual vestibular function, in a patient with acute but transient ophthalmoplegia due to Miller Fisher Syndrome (as a model of visuo-vestibular adaptation). The data show that perceptual measures of vestibular function display a significant attenuation as compared to ocular-motor measures during the acute, symptomatic period. Perhaps significantly, both symptomatic recovery and normalization of vestibular-perceptual function were delayed and then occurred in a parallel fashion. This is the first report showing that symptomatic recovery of visuo-vestibular symptoms is better paralleled by vestibular-perceptual testing than vestibular-ocular reflex (VOR) measures. The findings may have implications for the understanding of patients with chronic vestibular symptoms where VOR testing is often unhelpful.

  2. Bionic balance organs: progress in the development of vestibular prostheses.

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    Smith, Paul F

    2017-09-01

    The vestibular system is a sensory system that is critically important in humans for gaze and image stability as well as postural control. Patients with complete bilateral vestibular loss are severely disabled and experience a poor quality of life. There are very few effective treatment options for patients with no vestibular function. Over the last 10 years, rapid progress has been made in developing artificial 'vestibular implants' or 'prostheses', based on cochlear implant technology. As of 2017, 13 patients worldwide have received vestibular implants and the results are encouraging. Vestibular implants are now becoming part of an increasing effort to develop artificial, bionic sensory systems, and this paper provides a review of the progress in this area.

  3. Corticosteroids for the treatment of idiopathic acute vestibular dysfunction (vestibular neuritis).

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    Fishman, Jonathan M; Burgess, Chris; Waddell, Angus

    2011-05-11

    Idiopathic acute vestibular dysfunction (vestibular neuritis) is the second most common cause of peripheral vertigo after benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and accounts for 7% of the patients who present at outpatient clinics specialising in the treatment of dizziness. The exact aetiology of the condition is unknown and the effects of corticosteroids on the condition and its recovery are uncertain. To assess the effectiveness of corticosteroids in the management of patients with idiopathic acute vestibular dysfunction (vestibular neuritis). We searched the Cochrane ENT Group Trials Register; CENTRAL; PubMed; EMBASE; CINAHL; Web of Science; BIOSIS Previews; Cambridge Scientific Abstracts; ICTRP and additional sources for published and unpublished trials. The date of the most recent search was 28 December 2010. Randomised controlled trials comparing corticosteroids with placebo, no treatment or other active treatments, for adults diagnosed with idiopathic acute vestibular dysfunction. Two authors independently selected studies from the search results and extracted data. Three authors independently assessed risk of bias. Four trials, involving a total of 149 participants, compared the effectiveness of oral corticosteroids against placebo. All the trials were small and of low methodological quality. Although there was an overall significant effect of corticosteroids compared with placebo medication on complete caloric recovery at one month (risk ratio (RR) of 2.81; 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.32 to 6.00, P = 0.007), no significant effect was seen on complete caloric recovery at 12 months (RR 1.58; 95% CI 0.45 to 5.62, P = 0.48), or on the extent of caloric recovery at either one month (mean difference (MD) 9.60%; 95% CI -20.66 to 39.86, P = 0.53) or at 12 months (MD 6.83%; 95% CI -27.69 to 41.36, P = 0.70). In addition, there was no significant difference between corticosteroids and placebo medication in the symptomatic recovery of vestibular function

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

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    Welgampola, Miriam S; Ramsay, Elijane; Gleeson, Michael J; Day, Brian L

    2013-09-01

    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. Subjects standing without vision were stimulated with 3 s, 1 mA direct current stimuli delivered monaurally. The mean magnitude and direction of the evoked balance responses in the horizontal plane were measured from ground-reaction forces and from displacement and velocity of the trunk. Vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials (VEMPs) to 500 Hz air and bone-conducted tones were also recorded. In healthy subjects, the magnitudes of the force, velocity and displacement responses were not significantly different for left compared to right ear stimulation. Their individual asymmetry ratios were always vestibular schwannoma had significantly smaller force, velocity and displacement responses to stimulation of the affected compared with non-affected ear. Their mean asymmetry ratios were significantly elevated for all three measures (41.2 ± 10.3%, 40.3 ± 15.1% and 21.9 ± 14.6%). Asymmetry ratios of balance responses to monaural GVS provide a quantitative and clinically applicable lateralising test of the vestibulospinal pathways. This method offers a more clinically relevant measure of standing balance than existing vestibular function tests which assess only vestibuloocular and vestibulocollic pathways. Copyright © 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  5. Treatment of Vestibular Dysfunction Using a Portable Stimulator

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    participant and eye movements to obtain vestibular ocular reflexes while performing driving task f. Screen subjects/collect data: total of 69 subjects • 3...assistant and research engineer) on vestibular screenings , balance assessments, and electronic stimulation. b. Research engineer will optimize equipment...2014 – June 2016) a. Screen subjects/ collect data: total of 250 subjects • 3 subjects per week/ 3 study visits (3 hours each) 6 • Vestibular

  6. Bedside examination for vestibular screening in occupational medicine.

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    Zamysłowska-Szmytke, Ewa; Szostek-Rogula, Sylwia; Sliwinska-Kowalska, Mariola

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    Objectives: The aim of the study was to assess the usefulness of bedside examination for screening of vestibular and balance system for occupational medicine purposes. Study group comprised 165 patients referred to Audiology and Phoniatric Clinic due to vestibular and/or balance problems. Caloric canal paresis of 19% was the cut off value to divide patients into 43 caloric-positive vestibular subjects and 122 caloric-negative patients. The latter group comprised 79 subjects revealing abnormal...

  7. Treatment of Vestibular Dysfunction Using a Portable Simulator

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    function. We will perform experimental and sham stimulation on patients with impaired function to improve clinical vestibular and balance function during...assistant and research engineer) on vestibular screenings, balance assessments, and electronic stimulation b. Research engineer will optimize equipment and...Screen subjects/ collect data: total of 277 subjects • 3 subjects per week/ 3 study visits (3 hours each) • Vestibular testing, balance assessments

  8. 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

  9. Inferior vestibular neuritis in a fighter pilot: a case report.

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    Xie, Su Jiang; Jia, Hong Bo; Xu, Po; Zheng, Ying Juan

    2013-06-01

    Spatial disorientation in airplane pilots is a leading factor in many fatal flying accidents. Spatial orientation is the product of integrative inputs from the proprioceptive, vestibular, and visual systems. One condition that can lead to sudden pilot incapacitation in flight is vestibular neuritis. Vestibular neuritis is commonly diagnosed by a finding of unilateral vestibular failure, such as a loss of caloric response. However, because caloric response testing reflects the function of only the superior part of the vestibular nerve, it cannot detect cases of neuritis in only the inferior part of the nerve. We describe the case of a Chinese naval command fighter pilot who exhibited symptoms suggestive of vestibular neuritis but whose caloric response test results were normal. Further testing showed a unilateral loss of vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMPs). We believe that this pilot had pure inferior nerve vestibular neuritis. VEMP testing plays a major role in the diagnosis of inferior nerve vestibular neuritis in pilots. We also discuss this issue in terms of aeromedical concerns.

  10. [Differential diagnostics of peripheral vestibular and brainstem-cerebellar syndrome].

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    Likhachev, S A; Tarasevich, N M

    2013-01-01

    The objective of the present study was to develop criteria for differential diagnostics of peripheral vestibular and brainstem-cerebellar syndrome based on the analysis of characteristics of evoked vestibular myogenic potentials. A total of 59 patients presenting with unilateral peripheral vestibular syndrome (PVS), 60 patients with demyelinizing disease of CNS, and 20 healthy subjects were available for the examination by the method of evoked vestibular myogenic potentials. The values of representativity and latency parameters PI, N1, PINI and amplitude parameters PI, NI, PINI were obtained. It was shown that latency PI in the patients with demyelinizing disease of CNS is higher than in those with PVS.

  11. Task, muscle and frequency dependent vestibular control of posture

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    Forbes, Patrick A.; Siegmund, Gunter P.; Schouten, Alfred C.; Blouin, Jean-Sébastien

    2015-01-01

    The vestibular system is crucial for postural control; however there are considerable differences in the task dependence and frequency response of vestibular reflexes in appendicular and axial muscles. For example, vestibular reflexes are only evoked in appendicular muscles when vestibular information is relevant to postural control, while in neck muscles they are maintained regardless of the requirement to maintain head on trunk balance. Recent investigations have also shown that the bandwidth of vestibular input on neck muscles is much broader than appendicular muscles (up to a factor of 3). This result challenges the notion that vestibular reflexes only contribute to postural control across the behavioral and physiological frequency range of the vestibular organ (i.e., 0–20 Hz). In this review, we explore and integrate these task-, muscle- and frequency-related differences in the vestibular system’s contribution to posture, and propose that the human nervous system has adapted vestibular signals to match the mechanical properties of the system that each group of muscles controls. PMID:25620919

  12. Bedside examination for vestibular screening in occupational medicine.

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    Zamysłowska-Szmytke, Ewa; Szostek-Rogula, Sylwia; Śliwińska-Kowalska, Mariola

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the study was to assess the usefulness of bedside examination for screening of vestibular and balance system for occupational medicine purposes. Study group comprised 165 patients referred to Audiology and Phoniatric Clinic due to vestibular and/or balance problems. Caloric canal paresis of 19% was the cut off value to divide patients into 43 caloric-positive vestibular subjects and 122 caloric-negative patients. The latter group comprised 79 subjects revealing abnormalities of videonystagmographic (VNG) oculomotor tests (central group) and 43 subjects with normal VNG. Vestibular and balance symptoms were collected. Five tests were included to bedside examination: Romberg and Unterberger tests, Head Impulse Test (HIT), Dynamic Visual Acuity (DVA) and gaze nystagmus assessment. Vestibular and balance symptoms were reported by 82% of vestibular, 73% of central and 40% of VNG-normal patients. Thirteen out of 18 VNG-normal but symptomatic subjects (73%) had abnormal tests in clinical assessment. The sensitivity of bedside test set for vestibular pathology was 88% as compared to caloric test and 68% for central pathology as compared to VNG oculomotor tests. The combination of 5 bedside tests reveal satisfactory sensitivity to detect vestibular abnormalities. Bedside examination abnormalities are highly correlated with vestibular/balance symptoms, regardless the normal results of VNG. Thus, this method should be recommended for occupational medicine purposes. This work is available in Open Access model and licensed under a CC BY-NC 3.0 PL license.

  13. Bedside examination for vestibular screening in occupational medicine

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    Ewa Zamysłowska-Szmytke

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: The aim of the study was to assess the usefulness of bedside examination for screening of vestibular and balance system for occupational medicine purposes. Study group comprised 165 patients referred to Audiology and Phoniatric Clinic due to vestibular and/or balance problems. Caloric canal paresis of 19% was the cut off value to divide patients into 43 caloric-positive vestibular subjects and 122 caloric-negative patients. The latter group comprised 79 subjects revealing abnormalities of videonystagmographic (VNG oculomotor tests (central group and 43 subjects with normal VNG. Material and Methods: Vestibular and balance symptoms were collected. Five tests were included to bedside examination: Romberg and Unterberger tests, Head Impulse Test (HIT, Dynamic Visual Acuity (DVA and gaze nystagmus assessment. Results: Vestibular and balance symptoms were reported by 82% of vestibular, 73% of central and 40% of VNG-normal patients. Thirteen out of 18 VNG-normal but symptomatic subjects (73% had abnormal tests in clinical assessment. The sensitivity of bedside test set for vestibular pathology was 88% as compared to caloric test and 68% for central pathology as compared to VNG oculomotor tests. Conclusions: The combination of 5 bedside tests reveal satisfactory sensitivity to detect vestibular abnormalities. Bedside examination abnormalities are highly correlated with vestibular/balance symptoms, regardless the normal results of VNG. Thus, this method should be recommended for occupational medicine purposes.

  14. Examinando exames: análise dos vestibulares que nortearam o livro "Fundamentos da Física"

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    Marcos Jose Chiquetto

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    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/2175-7941.2012v29n1p33 Frequentemente, alunos do Ensino Médio apresentam atitudes desfavoráveis frente à Física, encontrando-se desmotivados para o seu aprendizado. Um dos fatores que, talvez, venha contribuindo para isso é a sua excessiva matematização, predominante em livros didáticos baseados em apostilas de cursos pré-vestibulares. Dentre estes livros, tem especial importância a obra "Fundamentos da Física", lançada em 1975, cuja primeira edição, segundo um de seus autores, era voltada para o programa dos vestibulares de engenharia de São Paulo. Vários trabalhos já publicados sugerem uma influência muito grande deste livro no Ensino Médio. Na busca por entender a concepção desta obra, analisam-se exames vestibulares de escolas de engenharia de São Paulo nos anos anteriores a 1975. Os resultados mostram que, até 1968, os exames continham uma significativa quantidade de questões qualitativas, abordavam uma faixa maior de assuntos e, também, apresentavam questões mal formuladas. A partir de 1968, quando o vestibular se tornou classificatório e unificado, os vestibulares de engenharia se concentraram em um núcleo bem definido da disciplina, tornaram-se exclusivamente quantitativos, ficaram mais difíceis e deixaram de apresentar erros de formulação. O livro estudado foi concebido como um manual de preparação para esta prova. Neste sentido, discute-se o problema gerado, ao se transplantar para o Ensino Médio, um manual de treinamento para um exame classificatório quantitativo. A análise também sugere que formular questões qualitativas em exames em larga escala pode ser arriscado, pois estas têm maior tendência a apresentar erros de formulação. Hoje, este é um assunto importante, já que essa parece ser uma proposta do ENEM.

  15. Complications of microsurgery of vestibular schwannoma

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    Betka, J.; Zvěřina, E.; Balogová, Zuzana; Profant, Oliver; Skřivan, J.; Kraus, J.; Lisý, J.; Syka, Josef; Chovanec, M.

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    Roč. 2014, May 28 (2014), s. 315952 ISSN 2314-6133 R&D Projects: GA MZd NT12459 Grant - others: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

  16. Galvanic vestibular stimulation: a novel modulatory countermeasure for vestibular-associated movement disorders

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    Carlos V. Rizzo-Sierra

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    Full Text Available 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 considered 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.

  17. Effects of Vestibular Rehabilitation Interventions in the Elderly with Chronic Unilateral Vestibular Hypofunction

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    Arash Bayat

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Although vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT methods are relatively popular in treating patients with body balance deficits of vestibular origin, only limited studies have been conducted into customized exercises for unilateral vestibular hypofunction (UVH. Furthermore, very little evidence is available on the outcomes of VRT in the elderly population with chronic UVH. Materials and Methods: A total of 21 patients, aged 61 to 74 years, with UVH participated in this study. The dizziness handicap inventory (DHI was performed immediately before, and 2 and 8 weeks after treatment. Results: All patients showed a reduction in DHI scores during the study. The average decrease in DHI score was 25.98 points after 2 weeks’ intervention (P0.05. There were no relationships between the scores and gender. Conclusion: Our study demonstrates that VRT is an effective method for the management of elderly patients with UVH, and shows maximal effect on functional aspects.

  18. Indicações e achados das colonoscopias nos doentes HIV-positivo: comparação com soronegativos Indications and results of colonoscopies in HIV-positive patients: comparison with seronegative patients

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    Full Text Available Embora as indicações da colonoscopia sejam semelhantes em doentes HIV-positivo, quando comparados aos soronegativos, os achados e as suas incidências parecem diferir, sendo alguns deles mais específicos para o grupo dos imunodeprimidos. OBJETIVO: Avaliar as indicações e os achados das colonoscopias comparando os doentes soropositivos com os soronegativos para o HIV. Realizamos 1909 exames entre 1997 e 2005, sendo 1341 HIV-negativo (771 mulheres e 570 homens com média etária de 51,2 anos e 568 HIV-positivo (137 mulheres e 431 homens com 34,4 anos, em média. A análise estatística dos dados estudados revelou haver mais exames em homens no grupo HIV-positivo e em mulheres entre os soronegativos. O grupo mais jovem foi o dos soropositivos. Houve mais indicações devidas a enterorragia (22,1% e dor abdominal (12,7% nos pacientes soronegativos, e diarréia crônica (45,9% entre os soropositivos. As colites e os tumores foram os achados mais comuns em pacientes HIV-positivo e a moléstia diverticular e os pólipos, os mais freqüentes entre os soronegativos. O tumor predominante nos soronegativos foi o adenocarcinoma, enquanto que entre os soropositivos foi o sarcoma de Kaposi. CONCLUSÃO: A comparação entre os grupos demonstrou haver diferenças com relação ao sexo, idade e algumas indicações. Os achados foram semelhantes, embora com freqüências distintas.Although colonoscopy indications are similar in HIV-positive patients when compared to sero-negative persons, the findings and their incidences seem to be different, and some are more specific to immunosuppressed patients. The aim of this study is to evaluate indications and findings of colonoscopies comparing patients, sero-negatives and sero-positives to HIV. We performed 1909 colonoscopies from 1997 to 2005, 1341 in HIV-negative persons (771 females and 570 males with mean age of 51.2 years old and 568 in HIV-positive people (137 females and 431 males with mean age of 34.4 years

  19. BETAHISTINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE IN CANINE PERIPHERAL VESTIBULAR SYNDROME DICLORIDRATO DE BETAISTINA NA SÍNDROME VESTIBULAR PERIFÉRICA CANINA

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    Vestibular disease is a common syndrome in small animals that  may resulst of central or peripheral disease. The pathophysiology of peripheral vestibular syndrome is unknown, however it can be related to an abnormal dynamic of endolymphatic fluid or neuritis of the vestibular portion of the VIII cranial nerve.  The recovery of neurological sings is slow and, in chronic cases, the neurological deficits can be irreversible. In veterinary medicine, thera are few medical options to treat this con...

  20. Clinical characteristics of inferior vestibular neuritis.

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    Chihara, Yasuhiro; Iwasaki, Shinichi; Murofushi, Toshihisa; Yagi, Masato; Inoue, Aki; Fujimoto, Chisato; Egami, Naoya; Ushio, Munetaka; Karino, Shotaro; Sugasawa, Keiko; Yamasoba, Tatsuya

    2012-12-01

    Inferior vestibular neuritis (IVN) is a relatively minor subtype of vestibular neuritis (VN) and its clinical characteristics are unique. To clarify clinical characteristics of IVN in comparison with conventional VN. This was a retrospective case series review. Caloric responses and cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potential (cVEMP) responses were measured in 71 patients with VN. The patients were classified into three groups: (1) IVN group, who showed only asymmetrical cVEMP responses; (2) superior VN (SVN) group, who showed only asymmetrical caloric responses; (3) total VN (TVN) group, who showed asymmetrical responses in both tests. The clinical records of time course of subjective symptoms (duration of attack, duration of hospitalization, and time to remission) were reviewed and other profiles (age, sex, affected side, acute symptoms, and sequelae) were evaluated. Of the 71 patients with VN, 13 (18%) were classified as having IVN. The mean age and time to remission of patients with IVN (44.2 ± 4.8 years, 0.9 ± 0.5 months) were significantly lower and shorter, respectively, than those of patients with TVN (57.3 ± 2.5 years, 4.9 ± 4.7 months). There were no significant differences in other symptoms and profiles among the three groups. No patients with IVN showed benign paroxysmal positional vertigo as a sequela.

  1. [Emergency diagnosis of the acute vestibular syndrome].

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    Tamás, T László; Garai, Tibor; Király, István; Mike, Andrea; Nagy, Csaba; Paukovics, Ágnes; Schmidt, Péter; Szatmári, Ferenc; Tompos, Tamás; Vadvári, Árpád; Szirmai, Ágnes

    2017-12-01

    To diagnose acute vestibular syndrome (AVS) in a prospective study by a new bedside test (providing 1A evidence) based on oculomotor analysis and assessment of hearing loss. To assess the frequency of central and peripheral causes of acute vestibular syndrome in the emergency room. To establish the diagnostic accuracy of acute cranial computed tomography as compared to oculomotor analysis done by video oculography goggles and audiometry. Between 1st March 2016 and 1st March 2017 we documented 125 patients (62 women, 63 men, average age 53 years) in the emergency room of the Petz Aladár County Teaching Hospital using the above bedside and instrumental testing. Diagnosis was verified by cranial magnetic resonance imaging. According to the results of the instrumental examination in AVS in 67% we found a peripheral cause and in 33% a central pathology. In 62% isolated posterior circulation stroke manifested itself by isolated vertigo without additional focal signs and the acute cranial computed tomography showed negative results in 96%. The instrumental examination increased diagnostic accuracy by making the diagnosis of isolated inferior semicircular canal vestibular neuritis possible. The new bedside oculomotor test is suitable for the diagnosis of posterior circulation stroke manifesting with isolated vertigo in early cases, when the routine neuroradiologic methods have a lower sensitivity or are not available. Orv Hetil. 2017; 158(51): 2029-2040.

  2. MRI in a quiescent vestibular schwannoma

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    Dutto, Santiago G.; Trepat, Jorgelina; Nagel, Jorge R.

    2003-01-01

    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. About the pathophysiology of acute unilateral vestibular deficit - vestibular neuritis (VN) or peripheral vestibulopathy (PVP)?

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    Uffer, Denis S; Hegemann, Stefan C A

    2016-07-02

    To determine whether patients with acute unilateral peripheral vestibulopathy (PVP), often called "vestibular neuritis/neuronitis or neuropathy" (VN) have a vestibular lesion pattern consistent with the distribution of the neurological afferents. Much is known about the clinical nature of PVP, however less so about its etiology and pathogenesis. Due to the frequency with which VN is used to describe the syndrome, an inflammation of the vestibular nerve or of one of its branches is often assumed to be the cause of PVP, though there is insufficient data so far to support this assumption. We conducted a retrospective study of 25 patients who had presented to our clinic with PVP and had all vestibular receptor organs tested shortly after start of symptoms. We analysed their vestibular lesion patterns in order to determine whether they were consistent with the neuritis hypothesis (NH). The lesion patterns varied conspicuously. 76% did not follow an innervation pattern, thereby contradicting the NH and only 24% had a lesion pattern that either definitely (16%) or probably (8%) supported the NH. These results should remind us to be careful before jumping to quick conclusions about the pathogenetic nature of PVP. With any reason to question VN as the only cause of PVP, we should reconsider the treatment approach to PVP. If the cause probably or even possibly lies inside the vestibular labyrinth, an intratympanic steroid injection might prove to be a more effective measure, even in first-line treatment. If the etiology is unsure, a combination of systemic and intratympanic steroid treatment may be adequate.

  4. 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.

  5. Os achados de imagem para avaliação da tríade portal são confiáveis para realização do transplante hepático com doador vivo?

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    Dazzi,Francisco Leôncio; Ribeiro-Júnior,Marcelo Augusto Fontenelle; Mancero,Jorge Marcelo Padilla; Gonzalez,Adriano Miziara; Leão-Filho,Hilton Muniz; Silva,Adávio de Oliveira e; D'Albuquerque,Luiz Augusto Carneiro

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    RACIONAL: Um aspecto crucial do transplante hepático inter-vivos é o risco imposto ao doador, devido ser procedimento realizado em pessoa saudável, com possibilidade de alta morbidade pós-operatória. OBJETIVO: Correlacionar os achados de imagem do pré e intra-operatório dos doadores adultos vivos de fígado. MÉTODOS: No período de 2003 a 2008 foram revisados os prontuários de 66 doadores. Foram 42 homens (64%) e 24 mulheres (36%), com média de idade de 30 anos (± 8 anos). A anatomia pré-operat...

  6. Long-term hearing preservation in vestibular schwannoma

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    Stangerup, Sven-Eric; Thomsen, Jens; Tos, Mirko

    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....

  7. Body ownership and embodiment: vestibular and multisensory mechanisms.

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    Lopez, C; Halje, P; Blanke, O

    2008-06-01

    Body ownership and embodiment are two fundamental mechanisms of self-consciousness. The present article reviews neurological data about paroxysmal illusions during which body ownership and embodiment are affected differentially: autoscopic phenomena (out-of-body experience, heautoscopy, autoscopic hallucination, feeling-of-a-presence) and the room tilt illusion. We suggest that autoscopic phenomena and room tilt illusion are related to different types of failures to integrate body-related information (vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile cues) in addition to a mismatch between vestibular and visual references. In these patients, altered body ownership and embodiment has been shown to occur due to pathological activity at the temporoparietal junction and other vestibular-related areas arguing for a key importance of vestibular processing. We also review the possibilities of manipulating body ownership and embodiment in healthy subjects through exposition to weightlessness as well as caloric and galvanic stimulation of the peripheral vestibular apparatus. In healthy subjects, disturbed self-processing might be related to interference of vestibular stimulation with vestibular cortex leading to disintegration of bodily information and altered body ownership and embodiment. We finally propose a differential contribution of the vestibular cortical areas to the different forms of altered body ownership and embodiment.

  8. Inner ear malformations in siblings presenting with vestibular ...

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    Although the association between inner ear abnormalities and progressive sensorineural hearing loss is well known, vestibular signs or loss of vestibular function in these ... We provide a brief overview of the latest classification of these inner ear defects as well as a review of the literature pertaining to children with inner ear ...

  9. The balance of feelings: vestibular modulation of bodily sensations.

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

    2013-03-01

    The vestibular system processes information about head movement and orientation. No unimodal vestibular cortex has been identified in the mammalian brain. Rather, vestibular inputs are combined with many other sensory signals in the cortex. This arrangement suggests that vestibular input could influence processing in other sensory modalities. Here we show that vestibular stimulation differentially modulates two submodalities of the somatosensory system, increasing sensitivity to tactile input, and independently reducing sensitivity to nociceptive input. These modulations of touch and pain can clearly be distinguished from supramodal attentional effects of vestibular stimulation, because they are bilateral and operate in different directions. Outside the artificial conditions of laboratory stimulation, the vestibular system codes movements of the head, indicating a new relation between the body and the external world. We suggest the vestibular system participates in a form of sensory signal management, changing the balance between the various sensory systems as the relation between the body and the external environment changes. This sensory rebalancing may be a crucial element in the brain's capacity to reorient towards novel or salient features in the environment. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Vestibular Deficits in Neurodegenerative Disorders: Balance, Dizziness, and Spatial Disorientation.

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    Cronin, Thomas; Arshad, Qadeer; Seemungal, Barry M

    2017-01-01

    The vestibular system consists of the peripheral vestibular organs in the inner ear and the associated extensive central nervous system projections-from the cerebellum and brainstem to the thalamic relays to cortical projections. This system is important for spatial orientation and balance, both of critical ecological importance, particularly for successful navigation in our environment. Balance disorders and spatial disorientation are common presenting features of neurodegenerative diseases; however, little is known regarding central vestibular processing in these diseases. A ubiquitous aspect of central vestibular processing is its promiscuity given that vestibular signals are commonly found in combination with other sensory signals. This review discusses how impaired central processing of vestibular signals-typically in combination with other sensory and motor systems-may account for the impaired balance and spatial disorientation in common neurodegenerative conditions. Such an understanding may provide for new diagnostic tests, potentially useful in detecting early disease while a mechanistic understanding of imbalance and spatial disorientation in these patients may enable a vestibular-targeted therapy for such problems in neurodegenerative diseases. Studies with state of the art central vestibular testing are now much needed to tackle this important topic.

  11. Use of galvanic vestibular feedback for a balance prosthesis.

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    Peterka, Robert J

    2012-01-01

    Activation of vestibular afferents by a bilateral bipolar galvanic vestibular stimulus (GVS) evokes medial-lateral (ML) body sway. By applying a GVS feedback signal that is a function of measured ML head motion, the potential exists for GVS to restore a useful vestibular contribution to ML balance control in vestibular-deficient subjects who remain responsive to GVS. A key to developing an effective balance prosthesis using GVS is to determine the functional relationship between GVS and its influence on the brain's internal estimate of head motion. We describe how a model-based interpretation of GVS-evoked body sway can be used to identify this functional relationship. Results indicate that the GVS-evoked internal motion estimate is effectively a low-pass filtered version of the GVS current. With preliminary data, we demonstrate that GVS feedback, compensated for the identified low-pass characteristics, can either remove the ability of a subject with normal vestibular function to use vestibular information for balance control, or can restore the ability of a subject with bilateral vestibular loss to maintain balance in a condition requiring vestibular information for balance control.

  12. Assessment of auditory and vestibular functions in vitiligo patients

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    2017-09-01

    Conclusion: The results in this study showed that 50% of vitiligo patients suffered from peripheral vestibular disorders in addition to auditory affection. Vitiligo patients require routine monitoring for auditory and vestibular functions for early identification and monitoring of changes as the disease progress.

  13. Inner ear malformations in siblings presenting with vestibular ...

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    in early childhood. Although the association between inner ear abnormalities and progressive sensorineural hearing loss is well known,1-10 vestibular ... (classic Mondini) defect (Figs 3 and 4). ABR/auditory steady-state. Fig. 1. CT scan demonstrating enlarged vestibular aqueduct (white arrow). Fig. 2. First ABR test.

  14. A review of the interrelationship between vestibular dysfunction ...

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    functions, the effect of rehabilitation focused on the functioning of a specific canal, and the effect of different rehabilitation programmes on different vestibular deficiencies are suggested. Keywords: Vestibular dysfunction; Motor development; Learning disabilities; Posture; Rehabilitation and exercises. South African Journal ...

  15. Relação entre a queixa auditiva e os achados audiológicos de um grupo de idosos ativos

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: investigar a presença de queixa auditiva em um grupo de idosos ativos e verificara possível relação entre a autopercepção da condição de escuta e os achados audiológicos.MÉTODOS: foram avaliados 55 idosos socialmente ativos, de ambos os sexos e faixa etária igual ou superior a 60 anos. As variáveis analisadas foram as respostas à três perguntas: "O(a senhor(a acha que escuta bem?", "O(a senhor(a escuta rádio ou televisão em volume muito alto?" e "O(a senhor(a tem dificuldade para escutar quando muitas pessoas conversam ao mesmo tempo?" que foram comparadas às médias tritonais dos limiares das frequências de 500, 1000 e 2000 Hz (MTT1 e de 3.000, 4.000 e 6.000 Hz (MTT2, Limiar de Reconhecimento de Fala (LRF e Índice Percentual de Reconhecimento de Fala (IPRF.RESULTADOS: os idosos que referiram não escutar bem, apresentaram piores desempenhos nas médias de todas as variáveis analisadas. Os idosos que mencionaram aumentar o volume do rádio ou televisão não apresentaram diferença estatisticamente significante na análise da MTT2 em comparação aos que não o fazem, porém, houve esta diferença quando analisadas as variáveis MTT1, LRF e IPRF. Os sujeitos que referiram dificuldade de escutar quando muitas pessoas conversam ao mesmo tempo, não apresentaram diferença estatisticamente significante, mas as médias das variáveis evidenciaram piores desempenhos destes sujeitos, quando comparados àqueles sem a queixa.CONCLUSÃO: houve presença de queixa auditiva em todas as questões e foi verificada relação entre a autopercepção da condição de escuta e os resultados da avaliação audiológica.

  16. Transcranial Doppler ultrasound during galvanic labyrinth polarization depicts central vestibular processing, demonstrating bilateral vestibular projection.

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    Schlosser, Hans-Georg; Guldin, Wolfgang; Fritzsche, Danny; Clarke, Andrew H

    2008-07-01

    The combination of galvanic labyrinth polarization and transcranial Doppler ultrasound was employed to depict the neurovascular coupling in the cerebral vestibular areas. For galvanic stimulation, surface electrodes were attached to the right and left mastoid and two further electrodes were fixed near to each shoulder blade. Thus, each pair of electrodes (mastoid to shoulder) facilitated unilateral stimulation of the ipsilateral vestibular labyrinth. Blood flow in the middle cerebral artery and the internal carotid artery in both hemispheres was measured by means of Doppler ultrasound. The transcranial Doppler ultrasound system was head-fixed and allowed continuous monitoring of the blood flow throughout the trials. Using a series of different stimulation modes (bilateral, unilateral left, unilateral right and sham), the changes in mean blood flow velocity were evaluated by comparing baseline blood flow under resting conditions to blood flow during stimulation. A total of 18 trials were performed with each of seven volunteer subjects. Galvanic labyrinth polarization elicited a clear sensation of pendular body movement in all subjects. Significant blood flow increase (P < 0.05) in both hemispheres was observed during bilateral stimulation. Of more interest is that unilateral stimulation also elicited a significant increase in flow in both the ipsilateral and the contralateral hemispheres, demonstrating the existence of bilateral projections from each vestibular labyrinth. The combination of galvanic labyrinth polarization with transcranial Doppler ultrasound blood flow measurement provides a novel approach to the functional assessment of the vestibular system (deep cerebral structures and cortical areas). This novel technique provides a useful tool for clinical examinations.

  17. Optimal visuo-vestibular integration for self-motion perception in patients with unilateral vestibular loss.

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    Kaliuzhna, Mariia; Gale, Steven; Prsa, Mario; Maire, Raphael; Blanke, Olaf

    2018-03-01

    Unilateral vestibular loss (UVL) is accompanied by deficits in processing of visual and vestibular self-motion cues. The present study examined whether multisensory integration of these two types of information is, nevertheless, intact in such patients. Patients were seated on a rotating platform with a screen simulating 3D rotation in front of them and asked to judge the relative magnitude of two successive rotations in the yaw plane in three conditions: vestibular stimulation, visual stimulation and bimodal stimulation (congruent stimuli from both modalities together). Similar to findings in healthy controls, UVL patients exhibited optimal multisensory integration during both ipsi- and contralesional rotations. The benefit of multisensory integration was more pronounced on the ipsilesional side. These results show that visuo-vestibular integration for passive self-motion is automatic and suggests that it functions without additional cognitive mechanisms, unlike more complex multisensory tasks such as postural control and spatial navigation, previously shown to be impaired in UVL patients. Copyright © 2018. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  18. A vestibular sensation: probabilistic approaches to spatial perception.

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    Angelaki, Dora E; Klier, Eliana M; Snyder, Lawrence H

    2009-11-25

    The vestibular system helps maintain equilibrium and clear vision through reflexes, but it also contributes to spatial perception. In recent years, research in the vestibular field has expanded to higher-level processing involving the cortex. Vestibular contributions to spatial cognition have been difficult to study because the circuits involved are inherently multisensory. Computational methods and the application of Bayes theorem are used to form hypotheses about how information from different sensory modalities is combined together with expectations based on past experience in order to obtain optimal estimates of cognitive variables like current spatial orientation. To test these hypotheses, neuronal populations are being recorded during active tasks in which subjects make decisions based on vestibular and visual or somatosensory information. This review highlights what is currently known about the role of vestibular information in these processes, the computations necessary to obtain the appropriate signals, and the benefits that have emerged thus far.

  19. Development and regeneration of vestibular hair cells in mammals.

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    Burns, Joseph C; Stone, Jennifer S

    2017-05-01

    Vestibular sensation is essential for gaze stabilization, balance, and perception of gravity. The vestibular receptors in mammals, Type I and Type II hair cells, are located in five small organs in the inner ear. Damage to hair cells and their innervating neurons can cause crippling symptoms such as vertigo, visual field oscillation, and imbalance. In adult rodents, some Type II hair cells are regenerated and become re-innervated after damage, presenting opportunities for restoring vestibular function after hair cell damage. This article reviews features of vestibular sensory cells in mammals, including their basic properties, how they develop, and how they are replaced after damage. We discuss molecules that control vestibular hair cell regeneration and highlight areas in which our understanding of development and regeneration needs to be deepened. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Regeneration of hair cells in the mammalian vestibular system.

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    Li, Wenyan; You, Dan; Chen, Yan; Chai, Renjie; Li, Huawei

    2016-06-01

    Hair cells regenerate throughout the lifetime of non-mammalian vertebrates, allowing these animals to recover from hearing and balance deficits. Such regeneration does not occur efficiently in humans and other mammals. Thus, balance deficits become permanent and is a common sensory disorder all over the world. Since Forge and Warchol discovered the limited spontaneous regeneration of vestibular hair cells after gentamicininduced damage in mature mammals, significant efforts have been exerted to trace the origin of the limited vestibular regeneration in mammals after hair cell loss. Moreover, recently many strategies have been developed to promote the hair cell regeneration and subsequent functional recovery of the vestibular system, including manipulating the Wnt, Notch and Atoh1. This article provides an overview of the recent advances in hair cell regeneration in mammalian vestibular epithelia. Furthermore, this review highlights the current limitations of hair cell regeneration and provides the possible solutions to regenerate functional hair cells and to partially restore vestibular function.

  1. Postural compensation strategy depends on the severity of vestibular damage

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    Lara A. Thompson

    2017-03-01

    One animal was studied for pre-ablated and mild vestibular dysfunction states, while a second animal was studied in a pre-ablated and severe vestibular dysfunction state. The vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR, an eye movement reflex directly linked to vestibular function, was used to quantify the level of vestibular damage. A postural feedback controller model, previously only used for human studies, was modified to interpret non-human primate postural responses (differences observed in the measured trunk roll for these three levels of vestibular function. By implementing a feedback controller model, we were able to further interpret our empirical findings and model results were consistent with our above hypothesis. This study establishes a baseline for future studies of non-human primate posture.

  2. 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.

  3. Neurocisticercose: diagnóstico tomográfico em pacientes neurológicos

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    NARATA ANA P.

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    Full Text Available Neurocisticercose (NC é a parasitose mais comum do sistema nervoso central no nosso meio. Foram analisadas 3093 tomografias computadorizadas (TC de 2554 pacientes neurológicos durante o período de um ano. A maioria dos pacientes era procedente de Curitiba (77,3%. 1821 (58,9% das TC foram normais. Do total destes pacientes, 236 (9,2% possuíam achados tomográficos compatíveis com NC; a proporção feminino:masculino foi 1,6:1. Duzentos e dezenove casos (92,8% apresentavam a forma inativa, 13 (5,5% ativa, 3 (1,3% ambas, e apenas 1 caso a forma racemosa. Calcificações intraparenquimatosas foram o achado mais comum (89%. Cefaléia foi o achado clínico mais frequente (35,5%, seguida de epilepsia isolada (20,9% ou associada a outros achados neurológicos (9%. Achados tomográficos compatíveis com NC, especialmente a forma inativa, são achados relativamente comuns em uma população não selecionada de pacientes neurológicos. Com exceção parcial dos pacientes epilépticos, a relação destes achados com o quadro clínico neurológico deve ser cuidadosamente analisada individualmente, pois a presença casual de calcificações isoladas intraparenquimatosas ocorre em uma proporção significativa de pacientes com queixas ou doenças neurológicas sem relação com a NC.

  4. Isolated Vestibular Suppression Impairment With Vestibular Migraine: A Phenotypic CANVAS Variant.

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    Migliaccio, Americo A; Watson, Shaun R

    2016-03-01

    Cerebellar Ataxia with Neuropathy and Vestibular Areflexia (CANVAS) is likely to have a genetic basis. We describe the unique eye movement features of a possible phenotypic CANVAS variant. The patient comes from a large CANVAS kindred (four out of nine siblings) and has sensory neuropathy, cerebellar eye signs, and vestibular migraine (VM), but otherwise normal vestibular function. We recorded eye and head movements using the gold standard scleral search coil technique: in the patient, a close relative with mild sensory neuropathy, and a normal control. At ≥ 0.8 Hz vestibulo-ocular reflex suppression (VORS) was significantly smaller in the patient. At 1 Hz, the patient's VORS was almost two times worse than the control, and five times worse at 1.6 Hz. The patient's VORS deficiency was observed with the naked eye as an inability to keep the eye stationary during imposed sinusoidal head rotation at ∼ 1 Hz. At ≤ 0.8 Hz the patient had 10 to 20% lower smooth pursuit function compared with both the patient-relative and control subjects. This difference was difficult to detect by the naked eye. Saccadic oculomotor and vestibular function was normal. We propose that impaired VORS and VM are because of similar, but distinct, consequences of selective partial cerebellar dysfunction. The patient's VORS data are consistent with a CANVAS neuropathological study showing selective degeneration of the dorsal vermis of the cerebellum, a region thought to be important for VORS. Taken together our findings suggest the patient is a CANVAS variant. We hypothesise VORS impairment is part of CANVAS, but not revealed because of vestibular loss.

  5. Electric Current Transmission Through Tissues of the Vestibular Labyrinth of a Patient: Perfection of the Vestibular Implant

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    Demkin, V. P.; Shchetinin, P. P.; Melnichuk, S. V.; Kingma, H.; Van de Berg, R.; Pleshkov, M. O.; Starkov, D. N.

    2018-03-01

    An electric model of current transmission through tissues of the vestibular labyrinth of a patient is suggested. To stimulate directly the vestibular nerve in surgical operation, terminations of the electrodes are implanted through the bone tissue of the labyrinth into the perilymph in the vicinity of the vestibular nerve. The biological tissue of the vestibular labyrinth surrounding the electrodes and having heterogeneous composition possesses conductive and dielectric properties. Thus, when a current pulse from the vestibular implant is applied to one of the electrodes, conductive disturbance currents may arise between the electrodes and the vestibular nerves that can significantly deteriorate the direct signal quality. To study such signals and to compensate for the conductive disturbance currents, an equivalent electric circuit with actual electric impedance properties of tissues of the vestibular system is suggested, and the time parameters of the conductive disturbance current transmission are calculated. It is demonstrated that these parameters can reach large values. The suggested electric model and the results of calculations can be used for perfection of the vestibular implant.

  6. Evaluation of Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation System

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    Kofman, I. S.; Warren, E.; DeSoto, R.; Moroney, G.; Chastain, J.; De Dios, Y. E.; Gadd, N.; Taylor, L.; Peters, B. T.; Allen, E.; hide

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    Microgravity exposure results in an adaptive central reinterpretation of information from multiple sensory sources to produce a sensorimotor state appropriate for motor actions in this unique environment, but this new adaptive state is no longer appropriate for the 1-g gravitational environment on Earth. During these gravitational transitions, astronauts experience deficits in both perceptual and motor functions including impaired postural control, disruption in spatial orientation, impaired control of locomotion that include alterations in muscle activation variability, modified lower limb kinematics, alterations in head-trunk coordination as well as reduced dynamic visual acuity. Post-flight changes in postural and locomotor control might have adverse consequences if a rapid egress was required following a long-duration mission, where support personnel may not be available to aid crewmembers. The act of emergency egress includes, but is not limited to standing, walking, climbing a ladder, jumping down, monitoring displays, actuating discrete controls, operating auxiliary equipment, and communicating with Mission Control and recovery teams while maintaining spatial orientation, mobility and postural stability in order to escape safely. The average time to recover impaired postural control and functional mobility to preflight levels of performance has been shown to be approximately two weeks after long-duration spaceflight. The postflight alterations are due in part to central reinterpretation of vestibular information caused by exposure to microgravity. In this study we will use a commonly used technique of transcutaneous electrical stimulation applied across the vestibular end organs (galvanic vestibular stimulation, GVS) to disrupt vestibular function as a simulation of post-flight disturbances. The goal of this project is an engineering human-in-the-loop evaluation of a device that can degrade performance of functional tasks (e.g. to maintain upright balance

  7. Intracranial meningiomas: magnetic resonance imaging findings in 78 cases; Meningiomas intracranianos: achados de ressonancia magnetica em 78 casos

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    Gasparetto, Emerson L.; Leite, Claudia da Costa; Lucato, Leandro T.; Barros, Cristiano Ventorin de [University of Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). School of Medicine. Dept. of Radiology]. E-mail: egasparetto@gmail.com; Marie, Sueli K.N.; Santana, Pedro; Aguiar, Paulo Henrique Pires de [University of Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). School of Medicine. Dept. of Neurology; Rosemberg, Sergio [University of Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). School of Medicine. Dept. of Pathology

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    Objective: To present the magnetic resonance (MR) imaging findings of 78 patients with meningiomas diagnosed in a single institution. Method: 78 patients with histological proven intracranial meningioma were studied. There were 52 female and 26 male patients (median=56 years). All MR imaging examinations were performed with 1.5-T MR imaging unit with standard protocol. The images were studied by two neuroradiologists, who reached the decisions regarding the findings by consensus. Results: Most of the tumors showed low signal on T1- (60%) and high signal on T2- (68%) and FLAIR (69%) weighted images. Also, the lesions showed heterogeneous signal on T1 (60%), T2 (68%) and FLAIR (64%) sequences. After contrast administration, 83% (n=65) of the tumors presented accentuated and 17% (n=13) showed moderate enhancement. The tumors were located in the frontal lobe in 44% of the cases, in the parietal lobe in 35%, the occipital lobe in 19% and the temporal lobe in 12% of the patients. Areas of vasogenic edema around the tumors were seen in 90% of the cases. Twenty six per cent of the cases showed bone infiltration, and the dural tail sign was seen in 59% of the tumors. Conclusion: Intracranial meningiomas usually show heterogeneous low signal on T1- and high signal on T2-weighted and FLAIR images, with intense enhancement after contrast administration. The frontal and parietal lobes are commonly affected. In addition, brain edema, dural tail sign and bone infiltration are the most frequent associated findings. (author)

  8. Achados clínicos de afecções orais em bugios ruivos (Alouatta guariba clamitans) (Cabrera, 1940)

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    Dias Neto, Ramiro das Neves [UNESP

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    The aim of this study was to investigate dental disorders of Brown howler monkeys (Alouatta guariba clamitans) maintained in captivity. The hypothesis is that the identification and diagnosis of the lesions may contribute to control and prevention. Sixteen intact red howler monkeys (Alouatta guariba clamitans), 8 females and 8 males, weighing from 3.9 to 6.8 kg were studied. Under general anesthesia, the teeth were evaluated by visual inspection, probing, palpation, and intraoral radiographic...

  9. EL SINDROME VESTIBULAR EN EL ADULTO MAYOR

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    Dr. Hamlet Suárez

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    Full Text Available El vértigo, la inestabilidad y las caídas tienen una incidencia relevante en el adulto mayor, disminuye su calidad de vida y puede ser causa de muerte en esta población. Este artículo describe las presentaciones clínicas y el abordaje de la evaluación de la patología vestibular en este grupo de edad, utilizando diferentes instrumentos para el diagnóstico así como también las reglas generales del tratamiento.

  10. EL SINDROME VESTIBULAR EN EL ADULTO MAYOR

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    El vértigo, la inestabilidad y las caídas tienen una incidencia relevante en el adulto mayor, disminuye su calidad de vida y puede ser causa de muerte en esta población. Este artículo describe las presentaciones clínicas y el abordaje de la evaluación de la patología vestibular en este grupo de edad, utilizando diferentes instrumentos para el diagnóstico así como también las reglas generales del tratamiento.

  11. Vestibular function in the space environment

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    Von Baumgarten, R. J.; Harth, O.; Thuemler, R.; Baldrighi, G.; Shillinger, G. L., Jr.

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    The present work presents new results about the interdependence of optical illusory sensations and eye movements in man. To establish to what degree certain illusions previously obtained during centrifugation and parabolic flight can be explained by eye movements and by neuronal integration in the brain, real eye movements were measured as they occurred in the dark without optical fixation, during rectilinear accelerations on the ground, and during weightlessness in parabolic flight. Results provide valuable insight into normal vestibular function as well as resolution of within-the-eye and behind-the-eye contributions to the above illusions.

  12. Correlação entre o achado ultra-sonográfico isolado de cisto de cordão umbilical e anomalias fetais Correlation between isolated sonographic finding of umbilical cord cyst and fetal anomalies

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Correlacionar o achado ultra-sonográfico isolado de cisto de cordão umbilical com anomalias fetais, como cromossomopatias e alterações estruturais. Segundo a literatura médica, as implicações clínicas do achado ultra-sonográfico de cisto de cordão nos segundo e terceiro trimestres de gestação estão bem estabelecidas, entretanto, quando no primeiro trimestre, o significado ainda permanece controverso. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Foi realizado estudo retrospectivo de gestantes da população geral, consecutivas, com fetos únicos e vivos, que apresentavam apenas o achado de cisto de cordão umbilical, num período de dez anos (1996-2006. Em todos os casos foram realizados exames ultra-sonográficos para o rastreamento de anomalias fetais após o diagnóstico de cisto de cordão. Os recém-nascidos e o cordão umbilical foram examinados após o parto para se verificar a presença de anomalias. RESULTADOS: Foram estudados nove casos que apresentavam cisto de cordão umbilical como único achado, sem outros marcadores ultra-sonográficos de anomalias fetais. Detectaram-se dois casos no primeiro trimestre de gestação e sete nos segundo e terceiro trimestres. Dois casos foram submetidos a estudo citogenético fetal, por meio de amniocentese. Nenhum recém-nascido apresentou anomalias estruturais ou aneuploidia. CONCLUSÃO: O achado ultra-sonográfico isolado de cisto de cordão umbilical não significou aumento de risco para anomalias estruturais ou aneuploidias.OBJECTIVE: To correlate the isolated sonographic finding of umbilical cord cyst with fetal anomalies such as chromosomopathies and structural changes. According to the medical literature, the clinical implications of the sonographic finding of umbilical cord cyst in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy are well established; however, the meaning of this finding in the first trimester still remains controversial. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was

  13. Model-based Vestibular Afferent Stimulation: Modular Workflow for Analyzing Stimulation Scenarios in Patient Specific and Statistical Vestibular Anatomy

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    Michael Handler

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    Full Text Available Our sense of balance and spatial orientation strongly depends on the correct functionality of our vestibular system. Vestibular dysfunction can lead to blurred vision and impaired balance and spatial orientation, causing a significant decrease in quality of life. Recent studies have shown that vestibular implants offer a possible treatment for patients with vestibular dysfunction. The close proximity of the vestibular nerve bundles, the facial nerve and the cochlear nerve poses a major challenge to targeted stimulation of the vestibular system. Modeling the electrical stimulation of the vestibular system allows for an efficient analysis of stimulation scenarios previous to time and cost intensive in vivo experiments. Current models are based on animal data or CAD models of human anatomy. In this work, a (semi-automatic modular workflow is presented for the stepwise transformation of segmented vestibular anatomy data of human vestibular specimens to an electrical model and subsequently analyzed. The steps of this workflow include (i the transformation of labeled datasets to a tetrahedra mesh, (ii nerve fiber anisotropy and fiber computation as a basis for neuron models, (iii inclusion of arbitrary electrode designs, (iv simulation of quasistationary potential distributions, and (v analysis of stimulus waveforms on the stimulation outcome. Results obtained by the workflow based on human datasets and the average shape of a statistical model revealed a high qualitative agreement and a quantitatively comparable range compared to data from literature, respectively. Based on our workflow, a detailed analysis of intra- and extra-labyrinthine electrode configurations with various stimulation waveforms and electrode designs can be performed on patient specific anatomy, making this framework a valuable tool for current optimization questions concerning vestibular implants in humans.

  14. STATE ANXIETY, SUBJECTIVE IMBALANCE AND HANDICAP IN VESTIBULAR SCHWANNOMA

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACTEvidence is emerging of a significant clinical and neuro-anatomical relationship between balance and anxiety. Research has suggested a potentially priming effect with anxiety symptoms predicting a worsening of balance function in patients with underlying balance dysfunction. We propose to show that a vestibular stimulus is responsible for an increase in state anxiety and there is a relationship between increased state anxiety and worsening balance function. Aims1.To quantify state anxiety following a vestibular stimulus in patients with a chronic vestibular deficit.2.To determine if state anxiety during a vestibular stimulus would correlate with the severity of chronic balance symptoms and handicap. MethodsTwo separate cohorts Vestibular Schwannoma (VS patients underwent vestibular tests (electronystagmography, cervical and ocular vestibular evoked myogenic potentials and caloric responses and questionnaire assessment (Vertigo handicap Questionnaire, Vertigo Symptom Scale, State Trait Anxiety InventoryFifteen post resection Vestibular schwannoma patients, with complete unilateral vestibular deafferentation, were assessed at a minimum of 6 months after surgery in Experiment 1 (Aim 1. Forty-five patients with VS in-situ and with preserved vestibular function formed the cohort for Experiment 2 (Aim 2. Experiment 1: VS subjects (N=15 with a complete post-resection unilateral vestibular deafferentation completed a State anxiety questionnaire before caloric assessment and again afterwards with the point of maximal vertigo as the reference (Aim 1. Experiment 2: State anxiety measured at the point of maximal vertigo following a caloric assessment was compared between two groups of presenting with balance symptoms (Group 1 N=26 and without balance symptoms (Group 2 N=11 (Aim 2. The presence of balance symptoms was defined as having a positive score on the VSS-VER.ResultsIn experiment 1, a significant difference (p<0.01 was found when comparing

  15. Neurogenic Potential of the Vestibular Nuclei and Behavioural Recovery Time Course in the Adult Cat Are Governed by the Nature of the Vestibular Damage

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    Dutheil, Sophie; Lacour, Michel; Tighilet, Brahim

    2011-01-01

    Functional and reactive neurogenesis and astrogenesis are observed in deafferented vestibular nuclei after unilateral vestibular nerve section in adult cats. The newborn cells survive up to one month and contribute actively to the successful recovery of posturo-locomotor functions. This study investigates whether the nature of vestibular deafferentation has an incidence on the neurogenic potential of the vestibular nuclei, and on the time course of behavioural recovery. Three animal models that mimic different vestibular pathologies were used: unilateral and permanent suppression of vestibular input by unilateral vestibular neurectomy (UVN), or by unilateral labyrinthectomy (UL, the mechanical destruction of peripheral vestibular receptors), or unilateral and reversible blockade of vestibular nerve input using tetrodotoxin (TTX). Neurogenesis and astrogenesis were revealed in the vestibular nuclei using bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) as a newborn cell marker, while glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and glutamate decarboxylase 67 (GAD67) were used to identify astrocytes and GABAergic neurons, respectively. Spontaneous nystagmus and posturo-locomotor tests (static and dynamic balance performance) were carried out to quantify the behavioural recovery process. Results showed that the nature of vestibular loss determined the cellular plastic events occurring in the vestibular nuclei and affected the time course of behavioural recovery. Interestingly, the deafferented vestibular nuclei express neurogenic potential after acute and total vestibular loss only (UVN), while non-structural plastic processes are involved when the vestibular deafferentation is less drastic (UL, TTX). This is the first experimental evidence that the vestibular complex in the brainstem can become neurogenic under specific injury. These new data are of interest for understanding the factors favouring the expression of functional neurogenesis in adult mammals in a brain repair perspective, and are of

  16. Associação entre achados ultrassonográficos e clínicos do quadril de pacientes com artrite idiopática juvenil

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever os achados ultrassonográficos do quadril em pacientes com artrite idiopática juvenil (AIJ e sua associação com sinais, sintomas e atividade da doença. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo com 92 pacientes com AIJ. Foram avaliados os subtipos da doença, a idade de início, o tempo de evolução, a atividade da doença e as manifestações clínicas do envolvimento do quadril. A avaliação ultrassonográfica foi realizada na rotina dos pacientes, e as imagens foram analisadas por dois ultrassonografistas cegos em relação às condições clínicas dos pacientes. RESULTADOS: Do total de 92 pacientes, 69,6% eram meninas, com média de idade de 12,4 ± 5,1 anos. Trinta e três (35,9% apresentaram subtipo oligoarticular persistente e trinta (32,6% poliarticular com fator reumatoide negativo. Quarenta e quatro (47,8% apresentaram sinal e/ou sintoma relacionado ao quadril. Vinte e nove (31,5% apresentaram alterações ultrassonográficas, com sinovite subclínica em 34,4%. As alterações ultrassonográficas se associaram com presença de sinais e/ou sintomas do quadril (P = 0,021, especialmente limitação articular (P = 0,006, mas não com atividade (P = 0,948 ou subtipo de doença (P = 0,108. Sinovite clínica se associou com comprometimento poliarticular (P = 0,002 e atividade de doença (P = 0,017. Não houve associação entre sinovite subclínica e as variáveis estudadas. CONCLUSÃO: O acometimento clínico do quadril na AIJ, especialmente a limitação articular, está associado à sinovite na avaliação por US, independente do subtipo e da atividade da doença. Os profissionais de saúde devem estar atentos à possibilidade de doença silenciosa com sinovite subclínica, que pode contribuir para a deterioração da articulação do quadril.

  17. Outcome after translabyrinthine surgery for vestibular schwannomas

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    Springborg, Jacob Bertram; Fugleholm, Kåre; Poulsgaard, Lars

    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. Participa......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, complications, and postoperative facial nerve function. In 84% patients, the tumor was totally resected...... and in ~85% the nerve was intact during surgery. During 33 years, 12 patients died from complications to surgery and ~14% had cerebrospinal fluid leakage. Before surgery, 74 patients had facial paresis and 46% of these improved after surgery. In patients with normal facial function, overall ~70% had a good...

  18. Recent surgical options for vestibular vertigo

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    Volkenstein, Stefan; Dazert, Stefan

    2017-01-01

    Vertigo is not a well-defined disease but a symptom that can occur in heterogeneous entities diagnosed and treated mainly by otolaryngologists, neurologists, internal medicine, and primary care physicians. Most vertigo syndromes have a good prognosis and management is predominantly conservative, whereas the need for surgical therapy is rare, but for a subset of patients often the only remaining option. In this paper, we describe and discuss different surgical therapy options for hydropic inner ear diseases, Menière’s disease, dehiscence syndromes, perilymph fistulas, and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. At the end, we shortly introduce the most recent developments in regard to vestibular implants. Surgical therapy is still indicated for vestibular disease in selected patients nowadays when conservative options did not reduce symptoms and patients are still suffering. Success depends on the correct diagnosis and choosing among different procedures the ones going along with an adequate patient selection. With regard to the invasiveness and the possible risks due to surgery, in depth individual counseling is absolutely necessary. Ablative and destructive surgical procedures usually achieve a successful vertigo control, but are associated with a high risk for hearing loss. Therefore, residual hearing has to be included in the decision making process for surgical therapy. PMID:29279721

  19. Galvanic vestibular stimulation speeds visual memory recall.

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    Wilkinson, David; Nicholls, Sophie; Pattenden, Charlotte; Kilduff, Patrick; Milberg, William

    2008-08-01

    The experiments of Alessandro Volta were amongst the first to indicate that visuo-spatial function can be altered by stimulating the vestibular nerves with galvanic current. Until recently, the beneficial effects of the procedure were masked by the high levels of electrical current applied, which induced nystagmus-related gaze deviation and spatial disorientation. However, several neuropsychological studies have shown that much weaker, imperceptible currents that do not elicit unpleasant side-effects can help overcome visual loss after stroke. Here, we show that visual processing in neurologically healthy individuals can also benefit from galvanic vestibular stimulation. Participants first learnt the names of eight unfamiliar faces and then after a short delay, answered questions from memory about how pairs of these faces differed. Mean correct reaction times were significantly shorter when sub-sensory, noise-enhanced anodal stimulation was administered to the left mastoid, compared to when no stimulation was administered at all. This advantage occurred with no loss in response accuracy, and raises the possibility that the procedure may constitute a more general form of cognitive enhancement.

  20. Treatment of peripheral vestibular dysfunction using photobiomodulation

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    Lee, Min Young; Hyun, Jai-Hwan; Suh, Myung-Whan; Ahn, Jin-Chul; Chung, Phil-Sang; Jung, Jae Yun; Rhee, Chung Ku

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    Gentamicin, which is still used in modern medicine, is a known vestibular toxic agent, and various degrees of balance problems have been observed after exposure to this pharmacologic agent. Photobiomodulation is a candidate therapy for vertigo due to its ability to reach deep inner ear organs such as the cochlea. Previous reports have suggested that photobiomodulation can improve hearing and cochlea function. However, few studies have examined the effect of photobiomodulation on balance dysfunction. We used a rat model to mimic human vestibulopathy resulting from gentamicin treatment and evaluated the effect of photobiomodulation on vestibular toxicity. Slow harmonic acceleration (SHA) rotating platform testing was used for functional evaluation and both qualitative and quantitative epifluorescence analyses of cupula histopathology were performed. Animals were divided into gentamicin only and gentamicin plus laser treatment groups. Laser treatment was applied to one ear, and function and histopathology were evaluated in both ears. Decreased function was observed in both ears after gentamicin treatment, demonstrated by low gain and no SHA asymmetry. Laser treatment minimized the damage resulting from gentamicin treatment as shown by SHA asymmetry and recovered gain in the treated ear. Histology results reflected the functional results, showing increased hair cell density and epifluorescence intensity in laser-treated cupulae.

  1. Vestibular and balance issues following sport-related concussion.

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    Valovich McLeod, Tamara C; Hale, Troy D

    2015-01-01

    To review relevant literature regarding the effect of concussion on vestibular function, impairments, assessments and management strategies. REASONING: Dizziness and balance impairments are common following sport-related concussion. Recommendations regarding the management of sport-related concussion suggest including tests of balance within the multifactorial assessment paradigm for concussive injuries. The literature was searched for guidelines and original studies related to vestibular impairments following concussion, oculomotor and balance assessments and treatment or rehabilitation of vestibular impairments. The databases searched included Medline, CINAHL, Sport Discus and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews through October 2013. Dizziness following concussion occurs in ∼67-77% of cases and has been implicated as a risk factor for a prolonged recovery. Balance impairments also occur after concussion and last 3-10 days post-injury. Assessments of balance can be done using both clinical and instrumented measures with success. Vestibular rehabilitation has been shown to improve outcomes in patients with vestibular impairments, with one study demonstrating success in decreasing symptoms and increasing function following concussion. Best practices suggest that the assessment of vestibular function through cranial nerve, oculomotor and balance assessments are an important aspect of concussion management. Future studies should evaluate the effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation for improving patient outcomes.

  2. Biomimetic smart sensors for autonomous robotic behavior II: vestibular processing

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    Xue, Shuwan; Deligeorges, Socrates; Soloway, Aaron; Lichtenstein, Lee; Gore, Tyler; Hubbard, Allyn

    2009-05-01

    Limited autonomous behaviors are fast becoming a critical capability in the field of robotics as robotic applications are used in more complicated and interactive environments. As additional sensory capabilities are added to robotic platforms, sensor fusion to enhance and facilitate autonomous behavior becomes increasingly important. Using biology as a model, the equivalent of a vestibular system needs to be created in order to orient the system within its environment and allow multi-modal sensor fusion. In mammals, the vestibular system plays a central role in physiological homeostasis and sensory information integration (Fuller et al, Neuroscience 129 (2004) 461-471). At the level of the Superior Colliculus in the brain, there is multimodal sensory integration across visual, auditory, somatosensory, and vestibular inputs (Wallace et al, J Neurophysiol 80 (1998) 1006-1010), with the vestibular component contributing a strong reference frame gating input. Using a simple model for the deep layers of the Superior Colliculus, an off-the-shelf 3-axis solid state gyroscope and accelerometer was used as the equivalent representation of the vestibular system. The acceleration and rotational measurements are used to determine the relationship between a local reference frame of a robotic platform (an iRobot Packbot®) and the inertial reference frame (the outside world), with the simulated vestibular input tightly coupled with the acoustic and optical inputs. Field testing of the robotic platform using acoustics to cue optical sensors coupled through a biomimetic vestibular model for "slew to cue" gunfire detection have shown great promise.

  3. The clinical manifestations of vestibular migraine: A review.

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    O'Connell Ferster, Ashley P; Priesol, Adrian J; Isildak, Huseyin

    2017-06-01

    To provide an overview of vestibular migraines presentation, pathology, and diagnosis, as well as an update on current diagnostic criteria. A review of the most recent literature on vestibular migraines was performed. Vestibular migraine is a process with significant impact on the quality of life for those afflicted with the disease, with attacks of spontaneous or positional vertigo and migraine symptoms lasting several minutes to 72h. Inner ear disease can co-exist with migraine and the vestibular symptoms occurring with vestibular migraine can mimic inner ear disorders providing a challenge for clinicians in establishing diagnosis. Recent diagnostic criteria for vestibular migraine proposed by a joint committee of the Bárány Society and the International Headache Society provide an important standard for clinical diagnosis and research endeavor. Vestibular migraine is a challenging disease process to both diagnose and treat. Proper diagnosis and treatment requires a thorough understanding of the current literature. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Cross-Modal Calibration of Vestibular Afference for Human Balance.

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    Héroux, Martin E; Law, Tammy C Y; Fitzpatrick, Richard C; Blouin, Jean-Sébastien

    2015-01-01

    To determine how the vestibular sense controls balance, we used instantaneous head angular velocity to drive a galvanic vestibular stimulus so that afference would signal that head movement was faster or slower than actual. In effect, this changed vestibular afferent gain. This increased sway 4-fold when subjects (N = 8) stood without vision. However, after a 240 s conditioning period with stable balance achieved through reliable visual or somatosensory cues, sway returned to normal. An equivalent galvanic stimulus unrelated to sway (not driven by head motion) was equally destabilising but in this situation the conditioning period of stable balance did not reduce sway. Reflex muscle responses evoked by an independent, higher bandwidth vestibular stimulus were initially reduced in amplitude by the galvanic stimulus but returned to normal levels after the conditioning period, contrary to predictions that they would decrease after adaptation to increased sensory gain and increase after adaptation to decreased sensory gain. We conclude that an erroneous vestibular signal of head motion during standing has profound effects on balance control. If it is unrelated to current head motion, the CNS has no immediate mechanism of ignoring the vestibular signal to reduce its influence on destabilising balance. This result is inconsistent with sensory reweighting based on disturbances. The increase in sway with increased sensory gain is also inconsistent with a simple feedback model of vestibular reflex action. Thus, we propose that recalibration of a forward sensory model best explains the reinterpretation of an altered reafferent signal of head motion during stable balance.

  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. © 2015 The Authors. The Journal of Physiology © 2015 The Physiological Society.

  6. [Vestibular testing abnormalities in individuals with motion sickness].

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    Ma, Yan; Ou, Yongkang; Chen, Ling; Zheng, Yiqing

    2009-08-01

    To evaluate the vestibular function of motion sickness. VNG, which tests the vestibular function of horizontal semicircular canal, and CPT, which tests vestibulospinal reflex and judge proprioceptive, visual and vestibular status, were performed in 30 motion sickness patients and 20 healthy volunteers (control group). Graybiel score was recorded at the same time. Two groups' Graybiel score (12.67 +/- 11.78 vs 2.10 +/- 6.23; rank test P<0.05), caloric test labyrinth value [(19.02 +/- 8.59) degrees/s vs (13.58 +/- 5.25) degrees/s; t test P<0.05], caloric test labyrinth value of three patients in motion sickness group exceeded 75 degrees/s. In computerized posturography testing (CPT), motion sickness patients were central type (66.7%) and disperse type (23.3%); all of control group were central type. There was statistical significance in two groups' CTP area, and motion sickness group was obviously higher than control group. While stimulating vestibulum in CPT, there was abnormality (35%-50%) in motion sickness group and none in control group. Generally evaluating CPT, there was only 2 proprioceptive hypofunction, 3 visual hypofunction, and no vestibular hypofunction, but none hypofunction in control group. Motion sickness patients have high vestibular susceptible, some with vestibular hyperfunction. In posturography, a large number of motion sickness patients are central type but no vestibular hypofunction, but it is hard to keep balance when stimulating vestibulum.

  7. Vestibular animal models: contributions to understanding physiology and disease.

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    Straka, Hans; Zwergal, Andreas; Cullen, Kathleen E

    2016-04-01

    Our knowledge of the vestibular sensory system, its functional significance for gaze and posture stabilization, and its capability to ensure accurate spatial orientation perception and spatial navigation has greatly benefitted from experimental approaches using a variety of vertebrate species. This review summarizes the attempts to establish the roles of semicircular canal and otolith endorgans in these functions followed by an overview of the most relevant fields of vestibular research including major findings that have advanced our understanding of how this system exerts its influence on reflexive and cognitive challenges encountered during daily life. In particular, we highlight the contributions of different animal models and the advantage of using a comparative research approach. Cross-species comparisons have established that the morpho-physiological properties underlying vestibular signal processing are evolutionarily inherent, thereby disclosing general principles. Based on the documented success of this approach, we suggest that future research employing a balanced spectrum of standard animal models such as fish/frog, mouse and primate will optimize our progress in understanding vestibular processing in health and disease. Moreover, we propose that this should be further supplemented by research employing more "exotic" species that offer unique experimental access and/or have specific vestibular adaptations due to unusual locomotor capabilities or lifestyles. Taken together this strategy will expedite our understanding of the basic principles underlying vestibular computations to reveal relevant translational aspects. Accordingly, studies employing animal models are indispensible and even mandatory for the development of new treatments, medication and technical aids (implants) for patients with vestibular pathologies.

  8. Impedance pattern of vaginal and vestibular mucosa in cyclic goats

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    Ivo Křivánek

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The changes of vaginal and vestibular impedance during the oestrous cycle in goats were examined. The onset of oestrus was teased with a buck once a day during the experiment. Impedance was mea­sured by a four-terminal method. The vaginal impedance was recorded under slight pressure of electrodes to the vaginal dorsal wall at the cervix. The vestibular impedance was recorded under slight pressure of electrodes to the vestibular dorsal wall 5 cm from the vulva and at the vulva. The im­pe­dan­ce was measured once a day from 4 days before the expected oestrus to 6 days after onset of oestrus. The vaginal impedance at the cervix decreased during pro-oestrus (P < 0.01 and increased du­ring oestrus (P < 0.01. The vestibular impedance 5 cm from the vulva decreased during pro-oestrus (P < 0.01 and increased after oestrus (P < 0.01. The decrease of vaginal impedance during peri-oestrus was nearly twofold in comparison with the vestibular impedance 5 cm from the vulva. No sig­ni­fi­cant decrease of the vestibular impedance at the vulva was found during the oestrous cycle. The results indicate that the vaginal impedance at the cervix and vestibular impedance 5 cm from the vulva measured by means of a four-terminal method during the oestrous cycle display cyclic changes that are closely related to the oestrous behaviour of goats.

  9. Clinical evaluation of elderly people with chronic vestibular disorder.

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    Gazzola, Juliana Maria; Ganança, Fernando Freitas; Aratani, Mayra Cristina; Perracini, Monica Rodrigues; Ganança, Maurício Malavasi

    2006-01-01

    Dizziness is common among the elderly. To characterize social, demographic, clinical, functional and otoneurological data in elderly patients with chronic vestibular disorder. A sequential study of 120 patients with chronic vestibular disorder. Simple descriptive analyses were undertaken. Most of the patients were female (68.3%) with a mean age of 73.40+/-5.77 years. The average number of illnesses associated with the vestibular disorder was 3.83+/-1.84; the patients were taking on average 3.86+/-2.27 different medications. The most prevalent diagnosis on the vestibular exam was unilateral vestibular loss (29.8%) and the most prevalent etiology was metabolic vestibulopathy (40.0%) followed by benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (36.7%). Fifty-two patients (43.3%) had experienced dizziness for 5 years or more. Sixty-four patients (53.3%) had at least one fall in the last year and thirty-five (29.2%) had recurrent falls. Most of the sample included females with associated diseases, and using many different drugs. The most prevalent vestibular diseases were metabolic and vascular labyrinth conditions. Dizziness is a chronic symptom in elderly patients. The association of two vestibular diseases is common. Falls are prevalent in chronic dizzy elderly patients.

  10. Vestibular neuritis in children and adolescents: Clinical features and recovery.

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    Brodsky, Jacob R; Cusick, Brandon A; Zhou, Guangwei

    2016-04-01

    Describe the clinical presentation and recovery of vestibular neuritis in children and adolescents. Retrospective case series. Pediatric tertiary care center. Eleven patients diagnosed with vestibular neuritis were identified from a database of 301 patients evaluated at our pediatric vestibular clinic from January 2012 through January 2015. Medical records were reviewed to determine clinical presentation, vestibular testing results, treatment, and recovery. Incomplete recovery was defined as residual dizziness or imbalance at most recent follow-up >30 days from symptom onset. Patients were 5-19 years old (mean 13.1±5.34) and included 6 boys and 5 girls. All presented with a sudden rotational vertigo, imbalance, and nausea for an average of 10 days without other associated symptoms. Testing included rotary chair (8 of 9 abnormal), caloric (2 of 2 abnormal), video head impulse (5 of 8 abnormal), subjective visual vertical (4 of 8 abnormal), and cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potential (0 of 6 abnormal) tests. All patients with incomplete recovery (n=4; 36%) were ≥15 years old at symptom onset. All patients with incomplete recovery that underwent vestibular rehabilitation (n=2) initiated it ≥90 days from symptom onset, while 3 out of 4 patients with complete recovery that underwent vestibular rehabilitation initiated it ≤14 days from symptom onset. Two patients received oral steroids, neither of whom had incomplete recovery. Vestibular neuritis should be considered in pediatric patients with vertigo and may result in longstanding symptoms, particularly in adolescents. The treatment of pediatric vestibular neuritis with rehabilitation and steroids deserves further study. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Influências biológicas, psicológicas e sociais do vestibular na adolescência

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    Maria de Lourdes Perioto Guhur

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo mostra as reflexões decorrentes de uma pesquisa1 realizada com o objetivo de investigar o significado do exame vestibular para os adolescentes, um desafio que ocorre em um momento em que estes se veem muito indecisos quanto à sua própria identidade. A pesquisa foi realizada com jovens de ambos os sexos, entre 16 e 19 anos. Os dados foram coletados em duas escolas de ensino médio (uma particular e uma pública da cidade de Maringá, PR, mediante o uso de um questionário. Os alunos participantes que se submeteram ao exame vestibular no final do ano de 2009 afirmaram que esse fato tem interferido, de maneira intensa, em seus hábitos e comportamentos, alterando, inclusive, seus relacionamentos interpessoais, por gerar ansiedade, angústia, inquietação, estresse. Destaca-se, ainda, ter havido, da parte dos que frequentam a escola pública, aprovação quanto às mudanças introduzidas pelo ENEM, posição totalmente contrária a dos alunos da escola particular. Os resultados demonstram que a obrigatoriedade de optar por uma profissão que deverá ser exercida pelo resto da vida, por meio da realização do exame vestibular, tem um peso muito grande sobre o jovem. Isso se deve ao fato de o adolescente estar experienciando os conflitos inerentes à crise de identidade, de cuja resolução dependerá o seu ajustamento futuro.

  12. Predictors of clinical recovery from vestibular neuritis: a prospective study.

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    Cousins, Sian; Kaski, Diego; Cutfield, Nicholas; Arshad, Qadeer; Ahmad, Hena; Gresty, Michael A; Seemungal, Barry M; Golding, John; Bronstein, Adolfo M

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    We sought to identify predictors of symptomatic recovery in vestibular neuritis. Forty VN patients were prospectively studied in the acute phase (median = 2 days) and 32 in the recovery phase (median = 10 weeks) with vestibulo-ocular reflex, vestibular-perceptual, and visual dependence tests and psychological questionnaires. Clinical outcome was Dizziness Handicap Inventory score at recovery phase. Acute visual dependency and autonomic arousal predicted outcome. Worse recovery was associated with a combination of increased visual dependence, autonomic arousal, anxiety/depression, and fear of bodily sensations, but not with vestibular variables. Findings highlight the importance of early identification of abnormal visual dependency and concurrent anxiety.

  13. Outcomes after vestibular rehabilitation and Wii® therapy in patients with chronic unilateral vestibular hypofunction.

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    Verdecchia, Daniel H; Mendoza, Marcela; Sanguineti, Florencia; Binetti, Ana C

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    Vestibular rehabilitation therapy is an exercise-based programme designed to promote central nervous system compensation for inner ear deficit. The objective of the present study was to analyse the differences in the perception of handicap, the risk of falls, and gaze stability in patients diagnosed with chronic unilateral vestibular hypofunction before and after vestibular rehabilitation treatment with complementary Wii® therapy. A review was performed on the clinical histories of patients in the vestibular rehabilitation area of a university hospital between April 2009 and May 2011. The variables studied were the Dizziness Handicap Inventory, the Dynamic Gait Index and dynamic visual acuity. All subjects received complementary Wii® therapy. There were 69 cases (41 woman and 28 men), with a median age of 64 years. The initial median Dizziness Handicap Inventory score was 40 points (range 0-84, percentile 25-75=20-59) and the final, 24 points (range 0-76, percentile 25-75=10.40), P<.0001. The initial median for the Dynamic Gait Index score was 21 points (range 8-24, percentile 25-75=17.5-2.3) and the final, 23 (range 12-24, percentile 25-75=21-23), P<.0001. The initial median for dynamic visual acuity was 2 (range 0-6, percentile 25-75=1-4) and the final, 1 (range 0-3, percentile 25-75=0-2), P<.0001. A reduction was observed in the Dizziness Handicap Inventory Values. Values for the Dynamic Gait Index increased and dynamic visual acuity improved. All these variations were statistically significant. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y Sociedad Española de Otorrinolaringología y Patología Cérvico-Facial. All rights reserved.

  14. [Clinical characterization of audiometric and vestibular evoked myogenic potentials in patients with large vestibular aqueduct syndrome].

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    Wu, Jun; Wang, Jinling; Xie, Juan; Han, Liping; Gao, Lei

    2010-01-01

    To investigate the clinical and diagnostic characteristics of audiometric findings and vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials in patients with large vestibular aqueduct syndrome (LVAS). Thirty LVAS subjects (60 ears) recruited received pure tone audiometry, acoustic immittance, auditory brain stem responses (ABRs), distortion-product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE), Vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP) and caloric test, and the diagnostic significance of the results was analyzed. All 30 cases (60 ears) showed progressive and fluctuating hearing loss, while 16 cases experienced dizziness when hearing fluctuated. Most of our cases showed sensorineural hearing loss, and 47 ears (94.0%) showed air-bone gap in the low frequencies, with mean gaps of (43 +/- 17) dB HL at 250 Hz, (33 +/- 18) dB HL at 500 Hz, in which the middle ear function showed normal. The acoustically evoked short latency negative response (ASNR) with medium latency (3.06 +/- 0.52) ms was elicited from 18 ears (64.3%). The mean amplitude of vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP) of 42 ears was (147.10 +/- 107.55) microv, and the threshold of VEMP of 19 ears was 75 dB nHL, of 7 ears was 65 dB nHL. Characteristics of hearing performance, such as progressive and fluctuating hearing loss, air-bone gap at the low frequencies with normal middle ears, the ASNR, and increased amplitude and decreased threshold of the VEMPs, will help clinicians make initial diagnosis of LVAS, and provide a reference for further imaging examination.

  15. Neurectomia vestibular e coclear no guinea pig vivo: uma via occipital Vestibular and cochlear neurectomy in the alive guinea pig: an occipital approach

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    Ricardo David

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    Full Text Available Forma de estudo: Experimental. Objetivo: Este artigo descreve uma nova via cirúrgica para atingir a inervatura vestíbulo-coclear (VIII par no Guinea pig vivo. Essa via é totalmente óssea (exceto o acesso ao próprio osso, o que implica em poucos danos às estruturas nobres do animal, o qual é passível de recuperação para estudos posteriores do sistema vestibular e coclear e todas as suas referências, com o ouvido interno, médio e externo. Conclusão: Mesmo exigindo precisão e controle, dada a proximidade com estruturas vitais, ela se mostra bastante viável do ponto de vista prático e muito menos invasiva e danosa em relação a outras cirurgias realizadas com a mesma finalidade, por permitir exames de imitanciometria, Bera, vemp, reflexos estapediais e do tensor do tímpano, entre outros físicos ou fisioelétricos.Study design: Experimental. Aim: This paper describes a new surgery neurectomy technique to the VIII pair in Guinea pig alive. This is a full boned way, except for the access to the bone itself, what implies in minor damage to important structures of the animal. The animal recuperation is pretty good for later studies of the vestibular and cochlear system, and all its references to inner, middle and external ears. Conclusion: Even though the precision and control necessary, because of the neighbourhoods vital structures, it shows enough availability from the practice sight, and much less invasible and damage than other surgeries with the same finality. It allows imitaciometry, bera, vemp, stapediun and tympanic tensor reflexes and others (physicals or physioelectric.

  16. Postural stability in vestibular neuritis: age, disease duration, and residual vestibular function.

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    Fujimoto, Chisato; Egami, Naoya; Kinoshita, Makoto; Sugasawa, Keiko; Yamasoba, Tatsuya; Iwasaki, Shinichi

    2014-04-01

    To assess the influence of factors that can affect postural instability in vestibular neuritis (VN). Retrospective data collection study. Foam posturography was performed in 58 VN patients. We examined six variables: the velocity of movement of the center of pressure and the envelopment area in eyes closed/foam rubber condition, Romberg's ratios of velocity and area with foam rubber, and the foam ratios of velocity and area with eyes closed. Multiple regression analyses were performed to explore the relationship between these variables and the following independent variables: gender, age, canal paresis (CP) percentage, and disease duration. All six variables were positively associated with age, CP percentage, and a disease duration of 10 days or less (P  .05). VN patients show poor postural performance, which is affected by age, residual vestibular function, and disease duration. Once a VN patient passes the acute phase of the vertigo attack, it is likely that age and residual vestibular function make a greater contribution to postural control. 3b. © 2013 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

  17. Vestibular compensation after vestibular schwannoma surgery: normalization of the subjective visual vertical and disability.

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    Batuecas-Caletrio, Angel; Santacruz-Ruiz, Santiago; Muñoz-Herrera, Angel; Sousa, Pablo; Otero, Alvaro; Perez-Fernandez, Nicolas

    2013-05-01

    The degree of caloric weakness before surgery influences faster or slower recovery of patients undergoing vestibular schwannoma surgery. The Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI) is a good index to show the recovery of patients as it relates directly to an improvement or not of the subjective visual vertical (SVV). To evaluate the process of recovery of patients as measured by the SVV and the DHI after surgical removal of vestibular schwannoma. We studied 24 consecutive patients of the University Hospital of Salamanca who underwent vestibular schwannoma surgery. We assessed age, tumour size, degree of canalicular weakness and preoperative SVV, and their relationship with DHI and SVV at discharge and also at 1, 3 and 6 months postoperatively. Patients with lesser degrees of caloric weakness took longer to normalize SVV than those with a higher caloric weakness before surgery (p < 0.05). There was a significant correlation between DHI and improvements in SVV with time. The differences disappeared in 6 months where all patients, with greater or lesser degree of caloric weakness, had the same results.

  18. 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. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. International guidelines for education in vestibular rehabilitation therapy.

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    Cohen, Helen S; Gottshall, Kim R; Graziano, Mariella; Malmstrom, Eva-Maj; Sharpe, Margaret H; Whitney, Susan L

    2011-01-01

    The Barany Society Ad Hoc Committee on Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy has developed guidelines for developing educational programs for continuing education. These guidelines may be useful to individual therapists who seek to learn about vestibular rehabilitation or who seek to improve their knowledge bases. These guidelines may also be useful to professional organizations or therapists who provide continuing education in vestibular rehabilitation. We recommend a thorough background in basic vestibular science as well as an understating of current objective diagnostic testing and diagnoses, understanding of common tests used by therapists to assess postural control, vertigo and ability to perform activities of daily living. We recommend that therapists be familiar with the evidence supporting efficacy of available treatments as well as with limitations in the current research.

  20. [The large vestibular aqueduct syndrome: a cause of neurosensory dysacusia].

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    Camargo da Silva, Daniela Polo; Montovani, Jair Cortez; Oliveira, Danielle Tavares; Fioravanti, Marisa Portes; Tamashiro, Ivanira Ayako

    2008-01-01

    the large vestibular aqueduct syndrome (LVAS) is characterized by the enlargement of the vestibular aqueduct associated with sensorioneural hearing loss. The level of hearing loss varies and may be fluctuant, progressive or sudden. Vestibular symptoms may be present. The diagnosis is reached by imaging methods. To report an LVAS case. a female infant was submitted to a computerized tomography of the ears and to audiologic tests. enlargement of the vestibular aqueduct of more than 1.5mm and sensorioneural hearing loss in the right ear were observed. with an early hearing evaluation it is possible to diagnose hearing loss, even in children were this loss is unilateral. Although the literature indicates that the diagnosis of LVAS occurs at a later age, in this case the etiologic diagnosis was enabled by computerized tomography.

  1. Dissociating vestibular and somatosensory contributions to spatial orientation

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    Alberts, B.B.G.T.; Selen, L.P.J.; Bertolini, G.; Straumann, D.; Medendorp, W.P.; Tarnutzer, A.A.

    2016-01-01

    Inferring object orientation in the surroundings heavily depends on our internal sense of direction of gravity. Previous research showed that this sense is based on the integration of multiple information sources, including visual, vestibular (otolithic) and somatosensory signals. The individual

  2. Vestibular feedback maintains reaching accuracy during body movement

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    Reynolds, Raymond F.

    2016-01-01

    Key points Reaching movements can be perturbed by vestibular input, but the function of this response is unclear.Here, we applied galvanic vestibular stimulation concurrently with real body movement while subjects maintained arm position either fixed in space or fixed with respect to their body.During the fixed‐in‐space conditions, galvanic vestibular stimulation caused large changes in arm trajectory consistent with a compensatory response to maintain upper‐limb accuracy in the face of body movement.Galvanic vestibular stimulation responses were absent during the body‐fixed task, demonstrating task dependency in vestibular control of the upper limb.The results suggest that the function of vestibular‐evoked arm movements is to maintain the accuracy of the upper limb during unpredictable body movement, but only when reaching in an earth‐fixed reference frame. Abstract When using our arms to interact with the world, unintended body motion can introduce movement error. A mechanism that could detect and compensate for such motion would be beneficial. Observations of arm movements evoked by vestibular stimulation provide some support for this mechanism. However, the physiological function underlying these artificially evoked movements is unclear from previous research. For such a mechanism to be functional, it should operate only when the arm is being controlled in an earth‐fixed rather than a body‐fixed reference frame. In the latter case, compensation would be unnecessary and even deleterious. To test this hypothesis, subjects were gently rotated in a chair while being asked to maintain their outstretched arm pointing towards either earth‐fixed or body‐fixed memorized targets. Galvanic vestibular stimulation was applied concurrently during rotation to isolate the influence of vestibular input, uncontaminated by inertial factors. During the earth‐fixed task, galvanic vestibular stimulation produced large polarity‐dependent corrections in arm

  3. State Anxiety Subjective Imbalance and Handicap in Vestibular Schwannoma.

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    Saman, Yougan; Mclellan, Lucie; Mckenna, Laurence; Dutia, Mayank B; Obholzer, Rupert; Libby, Gerald; Gleeson, Michael; Bamiou, Doris-Eva

    2016-01-01

    Evidence is emerging for a significant clinical and neuroanatomical relationship between balance and anxiety. Research has suggested a potentially priming effect with anxiety symptoms predicting a worsening of balance function in patients with underlying balance dysfunction. We propose to show that a vestibular stimulus is responsible for an increase in state anxiety, and there is a relationship between increased state anxiety and worsening balance function. (1) To quantify state anxiety following a vestibular stimulus in patients with a chronic vestibular deficit. (2) To determine if state anxiety during a vestibular stimulus would correlate with the severity of chronic balance symptoms and handicap. Two separate cohorts of vestibular schwannoma (VS) patients underwent vestibular tests (electronystagmography, cervical and ocular vestibular evoked myogenic potentials, and caloric responses) and questionnaire assessments [vertigo handicap questionnaire (VHQ), vertigo symptom scale (VSS), and state-trait anxiety inventory (STAIY)]. Fifteen post-resection VS patients, with complete unilateral vestibular deafferentation, were assessed at a minimum of 6 months after surgery in Experiment 1 (Aim 1). Forty-five patients with VS in situ formed the cohort for Experiment 2 (Aim 2). Experiment 1: VS subjects (N = 15) with a complete post-resection unilateral vestibular deafferentation completed a state anxiety questionnaire before caloric assessment and again afterward with the point of maximal vertigo as the reference (Aim 1). Experiment 2: state anxiety measured at the point of maximal vertigo following a caloric assessment was compared between two groups of patients with VS in situ presenting with balance symptoms (Group 1, N = 26) and without balance symptoms (Group 2, N = 11) (Aim 2). The presence of balance symptoms was defined as having a positive score on the VSS-VER. In Experiment 1, a significant difference (p vestibular deafferentation. In

  4. Caloric vestibular stimulation in aphasic syndrome

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    David eWilkinson

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Caloric vestibular stimulation (CVS is commonly used to diagnose brainstem disorder but its therapeutic application is much less established. Based on the finding that CVS increases blood flow to brain structures associated with language and communication, we assessed whether the procedure has potential to relieve symptoms of post-stroke aphasia. Three participants, each presenting with chronic, unilateral lesions to the left hemisphere, were administered daily CVS for 4 consecutive weeks. Relative to their pre-treatment baseline scores, two of the three participants showed significant improvement on both picture and responsive naming at immediate and one-week follow-up. One of these participants also showed improved sentence repetition, and another showed improved auditory word discrimination. No adverse reactions were reported. These data provide the first, albeit tentative, evidence that CVS may relieve expressive and receptive symptoms of aphasia. A larger, sham-controlled study is now needed to further assess efficacy.

  5. Early and phasic cortical metabolic changes in vestibular neuritis onset.

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    Alessandrini, Marco; Pagani, Marco; Napolitano, Bianca; Micarelli, Alessandro; Candidi, Matteo; Bruno, Ernesto; Chiaravalloti, Agostino; Di Pietro, Barbara; Schillaci, Orazio

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    Functional brain activation studies described the presence of separate cortical areas responsible for central processing of peripheral vestibular information and reported their activation and interactions with other sensory modalities and the changes of this network associated to strategic peripheral or central vestibular lesions. It is already known that cortical changes induced by acute unilateral vestibular failure (UVF) are various and undergo variations over time, revealing different cortical involved areas at the onset and recovery from symptoms. The present study aimed at reporting the earliest change in cortical metabolic activity during a paradigmatic form of UVF such as vestibular neuritis (VN), that is, a purely peripheral lesion of the vestibular system, that offers the opportunity to study the cortical response to altered vestibular processing. This research reports [(18)F]fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography brain scan data concerning the early cortical metabolic activity associated to symptoms onset in a group of eight patients suffering from VN. VN patients' cortical metabolic activity during the first two days from symptoms onset was compared to that recorded one month later and to a control healthy group. Beside the known cortical response in the sensorimotor network associated to vestibular deafferentation, we show for the first time the involvement of Entorhinal (BAs 28, 34) and Temporal (BA 38) cortices in early phases of symptomatology onset. We interpret these findings as the cortical counterparts of the attempt to reorient oneself in space counteracting the vertigo symptom (Bas 28, 34) and of the emotional response to the new pathologic condition (BA 38) respectively. These interpretations were further supported by changes in patients' subjective ratings in balance, anxiety, and depersonalization/derealization scores when tested at illness onset and one month later. The present findings contribute in expanding knowledge about

  6. Timing of neuron development in the rodent vestibular system

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    Keefe, J. R.

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    The timing of cell generation (onset and duration) in the developing rat vestibular and proprioceptive systems is investigated. The results clearly indicate a defined time-span for generation of all neurons in the central nervous system nuclei studied. This cytogenetic period in both vestibular and proprioceptive sensory nuclei is determined to occur during and immediately after placentation, a potentially critical period for spaceflight exposure due to alterations in maternal physiology.

  7. Early and phasic cortical metabolic changes in vestibular neuritis onset.

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    Marco Alessandrini

    Full Text Available Functional brain activation studies described the presence of separate cortical areas responsible for central processing of peripheral vestibular information and reported their activation and interactions with other sensory modalities and the changes of this network associated to strategic peripheral or central vestibular lesions. It is already known that cortical changes induced by acute unilateral vestibular failure (UVF are various and undergo variations over time, revealing different cortical involved areas at the onset and recovery from symptoms. The present study aimed at reporting the earliest change in cortical metabolic activity during a paradigmatic form of UVF such as vestibular neuritis (VN, that is, a purely peripheral lesion of the vestibular system, that offers the opportunity to study the cortical response to altered vestibular processing. This research reports [(18F]fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography brain scan data concerning the early cortical metabolic activity associated to symptoms onset in a group of eight patients suffering from VN. VN patients' cortical metabolic activity during the first two days from symptoms onset was compared to that recorded one month later and to a control healthy group. Beside the known cortical response in the sensorimotor network associated to vestibular deafferentation, we show for the first time the involvement of Entorhinal (BAs 28, 34 and Temporal (BA 38 cortices in early phases of symptomatology onset. We interpret these findings as the cortical counterparts of the attempt to reorient oneself in space counteracting the vertigo symptom (Bas 28, 34 and of the emotional response to the new pathologic condition (BA 38 respectively. These interpretations were further supported by changes in patients' subjective ratings in balance, anxiety, and depersonalization/derealization scores when tested at illness onset and one month later. The present findings contribute in expanding

  8. Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome without Vestibular Symptoms

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    Teixeira,Emidio Oliveira; Fonseca,Marconi Teixeira

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    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 the 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 min...

  9. Vestibular Function in Adults With Epilepsy of Unknown Etiology.

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    Hamed, Sherifa A; Tohamy, Amal M; Oseilly, Amira M

    2017-09-01

    This study aimed to evaluate vestibular function in adults with chronic epilepsy of unknown etiology in the inter-ictal period. Epilepsy is a chronic medical disorder. Life-long therapy may be required in one-third of patients. Epilepsy is associated with comorbid somatic conditions which impairs patients' quality of life. This cross-sectional study included 28 with generalized tonic clonic (GTC) convulsions and 14 and 3 with temporal (TLE) and frontal lobe (FLE) epilepsies with secondary generalization (all were on regular carbamazepine therapy) and 40 healthy control subjects. The patients' mean age was 34.97 ± 7.35 years and the duration of illness was 18.75 ± 7.99 years. All underwent videonystagmography (VNG). Compared with controls, patients had frequent vestibular symptoms including dizziness (62.22%) (p = 0.0001) and sense of imbalance (44.44%) (p = 0.0001). Eleven patients (24.44%) had central vestibular dysfunction (p = 0.0001); 9 (20%) had mixed vestibular dysfunction and one (2.22%) had peripheral vestibular dysfunction (p = 0.0001). Abnormalities were observed in saccadic (44.4%) and pursuit (42.2%) eye movements, optokinetic nystagmus (42.2%) and positioning/positional (11.11%) and caloric (13.33%) testing. TLE and FLE were associated with more VNG abnormalities than GTC. No significant differences were observed in the demographic and clinical characteristics between patients with and without VNG abnormalities. Vestibular manifestations are frequent in patients with epilepsy. This may be a result of the permanent damaging effect of chronic epilepsy on the vestibular cortical areas and/or a toxic effect from prolonged carbamazepine therapy on the peripheral and central vestibular systems.

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

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    Marques, Sergio Ricardo; Smith, Ricardo Luiz; Isotani, Sadao; Alonso, Luis Garcia; Anadao, Carlos Augusto; Prates, Jose Carlos; Lederman, Henrique Manoel

    2007-01-01

    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 mm 2 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 mm 2 , 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

  11. Incidence, seasonality and comorbidity in vestibular neuritis.

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    Adamec, Ivan; Krbot Skorić, Magdalena; Handžić, Jadranka; Habek, Mario

    2015-01-01

    Aims of the present study were: (1) to assess the incidence of vestibular neuritis (VN) in the adult population in two cities in Croatia, (2) to identify distribution of new VN cases in the different months and seasons by years, and (3) to identify comorbidities associated with VN. This is a prospective, population-based study conducted in the cities of Zagreb and Velika Gorica, Croatia in the 2011-2012 period. All diagnoses were confirmed either with caloric test or vestibular evoked myogenic potentials within 7 days of symptom onset. Following clinical parameters were collected from all patients: age, gender, side of the lesion, month and season of symptoms onset and comorbidities. We identified 79 new cases of VN (34 in 2011, 45 in 2012). The male to female ratio was 1.1:1. The mean age at the onset of the disease was 52.3 (range 20-86) years. The average annual incidence was 11.7 per 100,000 (95 % CI 7.8-15.6) in the 2011 period and 15.5 per 100,000 (95 % CI 11.0-20.0) in the 2012 period. For both years there was no statistically significant uneven distribution in the different months or seasons by years. The most frequent comorbidities present in VN patients were hypertension (30.4 %), diabetes mellitus (8.9 %), hyperlipidemia (7.5 %) and hypothyreosis (6.3 %). Our study has shown higher incidence of VN than previously reported. We have found no evidence of seasonality of VN and significant proportion of VN patients older than 50 years who had vascular risk factors present.

  12. Ontogenetic development of vestibular reflexes in amphibians

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    Hans Straka

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Vestibulo-ocular reflexes ensure gaze stability during locomotion and passively induced head/body movements. In precocial vertebrates such as amphibians, vestibular reflexes are required very early at the onset of locomotor activity. While the formation of inner ears and the assembly of sensory-motor pathways is largely completed soon after hatching, angular and translational/tilt vestibulo-ocular reflexes (VOR display differential functional onsets and mature with different time courses. Otolith-derived eye movements appear immediately after hatching, whereas the appearance and progressive amelioration of semicircular canal-evoked eye movements is delayed and dependent on the acquisition of sufficiently large semicircular canal diameters. Moreover, semicircular canal functionality is also required to tune the initially omnidirectional otolith-derived VOR. The tuning is due to a reinforcement of those vestibulo-ocular connections that are co-activated by semicircular canal and otolith inputs during natural head/body motion. This suggests that molecular mechanisms initially guide the basic ontogenetic wiring, whereas semicircular canal-dependent activity is required to establish the spatio-temporal specificity of the reflex. While a robust VOR is activated during passive head/body movements, locomotor efference copies provide the major source for compensatory eye movements during tail- and limb-based swimming of larval and adult frogs. The integration of active/passive motion-related signals for gaze stabilization occurs in central vestibular neurons that are arranged as segmentally iterated functional groups along rhombomere 1-8. However, at variance with the topographic maps of most other sensory systems, the sensory-motor transformation of motion-related signals occurs in segmentally specific neuronal groups defined by the extraocular motor output targets.

  13. Vestibular adaptation to space in monkeys

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    Dai, M.; Raphan, T.; Kozlovskaya, I.; Cohen, B.

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    Otolith-induced eye movements of rhesus monkeys were studied before and after the 1989 COSMOS 2044 and the 1992 to 1993 COSMOS 2229 flights. Two animals flew in each mission for approximately 2 weeks. After flight, spatial orientation of the angular vestibulo-ocular reflex was altered. In one animal the time constant of postrotatory nystagmus, which had been shortened by head tilts with regard to gravity before flight, was unaffected by the same head tilts after flight. In another animal, eye velocity, which tended to align with a gravitational axis before flight, moved toward a body axis after flight. This shift of orientation disappeared by 7 days after landing. After flight, the magnitude of compensatory ocular counter-rolling was reduced by about 70% in both dynamic and static tilts. Modulation in vergence in response to naso-occipital linear acceleration during off-vertical axis rotation was reduced by more than 50%. These changes persisted for 11 days after recovery. An up and down asymmetry of vertical nystagmus was diminished for 7 days. Gains of the semicircular canal-induced horizontal and vertical angular vestibulo-ocular reflexes were unaffected in both flights, but the gain of the roll angular vestibulo-ocular reflex was decreased. These data indicate that there are short- and long-term changes in otolith-induced eye movements after adaptation to microgravity. These experiments also demonstrate the unique value of the monkey as a model for studying effects of vestibular adaptation in space. Eye movements can be measured in three dimensions in response to controlled vestibular and visual stimulation, and the results are directly applicable to human beings. Studies in monkeys to determine how otolith afferent input and central processing is altered by adaptation to microgravity should be an essential component of future space-related research.

  14. Infecção por Cryptococcus limitada à próstata em paciente aidético com micobacteriose disseminada. Relato de necropsia

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    Lima, Marcus Aurelho de; Santos, Jenner A. Modesto dos; Lazo, Javier; Silva-Vergara, Mario León; Santos, Lister A. Modesto dos; Santos, Vitorino Modesto dos

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    Relata-se caso de infecção criptocócica confinada à próstata, como achado de necropsia, em homem de 32 anos portador da síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida (SIDA) com micobacteriose disseminada. Enfatiza-se a importância do achado incidental em necropsia e a persistência dessa infecção micótica na próstata.This is a case report of asymptomatic and restrained cryptococcal prostatic infection in a 32-year old black male with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, whose death was caused by s...

  15. Achados Radiológicos Pulmonares da Fibrose Cística

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    Kelly Ribeiro Neves

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    Full Text Available As radiografias de tórax são essenciais na avaliação pulmonar em pacientes com fibrose cística e a despeito da superioridade técnica da tomografia computadorizada, elas ainda permanecem como a ferramenta diagnóstica primária no seguimento destes pacientes. Demonstramos algumas manifestações radiológicas pulmonares desta entidade diagnóstica e destacamos alguns aspectos da literatura.

  16. Vestibular information is required for dead reckoning in the rat.

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    Wallace, Douglas G; Hines, Dustin J; Pellis, Sergio M; Whishaw, Ian Q

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    Dead reckoning is an on-line form of spatial navigation used by an animal to identify its present location and return directly to a starting location, even after circuitous outward trips. At present, it is not known which of several self-movement cues (efferent copy from movement commands, proprioceptive information, sensory flow, or vestibular information) are used to compute homeward trajectories. To determine whether vestibular information is important for dead reckoning, the impact of chemical labyrinthectomy was evaluated in a test that demanded on-line computation of a homeward trajectory. Rats were habituated to leave a refuge that was visible from all locations on a circular table to forage for large food pellets, which they carried back to the refuge to eat. Two different probe trials were given: (1) the rats foraged from the same spatial location from a hidden refuge in the light and so were able to use visual cues to navigate; (2) the same procedure took place in the dark, constraining the animals to dead reckon. Although control rats carried food directly and rapidly back to the refuge on both probes, the rats with vestibular lesions were able to do so on the hidden refuge but not on the dark probe. The scores of vestibular reflex tests predicted the dead reckoning deficit. The vestibular animals were also impaired in learning a new piloting task. This is the first unambiguous demonstration that vestibular information is used in dead reckoning and also contributes to piloting.

  17. Audiological and vestibular findings in the Kabuki syndrome.

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    Barozzi, S; Di Berardino, F; Atzeri, F; Filipponi, E; Cerutti, M; Selicorni, A; Cesarani, A

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    Since the first description of Kabuki syndrome (KS) in 1981, over 350 cases from a variety of countries have been reported. Even though otolaryngological manifestations are common in KS, only a limited number of the reports provide audiological and vestibular data. The aim of the present study was to investigate the vestibular function and describe the audiological findings in KS. The present study reports no audiological and vestibular features in a group of 10 KS patients (7 males, 3 females), with chronological age ranging from 10 to 25 years (mean age = 14.5): a complete otoneurological and audiological work-up was performed for each patient and included where possible, the measurement of vestibular evoked potentials, caloric tests and static posturography. Hearing loss was found in 65% showing a mix or a conductive impairment; moreover the vestibular function was normal in 95% of the examined ears. In conclusion, audiological and vestibular examination should be considered when evaluating KS subjects. (c) 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  18. How the vestibular system interacts with somatosensory perception: a sham-controlled study with galvanic vestibular stimulation.

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    Ferrè, Elisa R; Day, Brian L; Bottini, Gabriella; Haggard, Patrick

    2013-08-29

    The vestibular system has widespread interactions with other sensory modalities. Here we investigate whether vestibular stimulation modulates somatosensory function, by assessing the ability to detect faint tactile stimuli to the fingertips of the left and right hand with or without galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS). We found that left anodal and right cathodal GVS, significantly enhanced sensitivity to mild shocks on either hand, without affecting response bias. There was no such effect with either right anodal and left cathodal GVS or sham stimulation. Further, the enhancement of somatosensory sensitivity following GVS does not strongly depend on the duration of GVS, or the interval between GVS and tactile stimulation. Vestibular inputs reach the somatosensory cortex, increasing the sensitivity of perceptual circuitry. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Síndrome de Sweet: estudo de 73 casos, com ênfase nos achados histopatológicos Sweet's syndrome: study of 73 cases, emphasizing histopathological findings

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    Mayra Carrijo Rochael

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTOS: A síndrome de Sweet corresponde a um conjunto de alterações cutâneas, sistêmicas e histopatológicas como resposta a diversos estímulos, semelhantes ao eritema nodoso, ao eritema multiforme e à vasculite leucocitoclásica. São descritas condições associadas como infecção, gravidez, uso de drogas e malignidades. OBJETIVOS: Avaliar as alterações clínicas e histopatológicas da síndrome, relacionando-a a outras condições. MÉTODO: Estudo retrospectivo de 73 casos com avaliação microscópica de lesões cutâneas, dados clínicos e laboratoriais. RESULTADOS: Houve predomínio de mulheres (83,0%, brancas (49,2%, entre a quarta e a sexta décadas de vida (73,8%. Placas eritematosas (76,9%, pápulas (43,0%, pseudovesiculação (PV (38,4% e lesões em alvo (18,5% foram as principais alterações. Entre as condições associadas, infecções de vias aéreas (15,4% e uso de drogas (10,8% foram as mais frequentes. Outras associações, representadas por um caso cada, foram: linfoma de Hodgkin, gravidez, colite ulcerativa, policitemia vera e lúpus eritematoso em paciente com Aids. Neutrófilos com leucocitoclasia (98,6%, degeneração do colágeno (87,7%, edema (74,0% e PV (38,4% foram os principais achados microscópicos. Eosinófilos estiveram presentes (41,1% de raros a abundantes e, em geral, não relacionados ao uso de drogas. O infiltrado inflamatório atingiu a derme profunda em 47,9% das vezes e encontrou-se paniculite em 80,0% dos casos nos quais a hipoderme estava representada (10 casos. CONCLUSÕES: Os achados, de modo geral, coincidem com os da literatura, destacando-se: frequente participação de eosinófilos sem correlação com a ingestão de medicamentos, paniculite e rara associação com linfoma de Hodgkin, sendo este o quinto relato de tal ocorrência, segundo o conhecimento dos autores.BACKGROUND: Sweet's syndrome refers to a set of cutaneous, systemic and histopathological alterations that occur in

  20. Factors relating to depressive symptoms among elderly people with chronic vestibular dysfunction Fatores relacionados aos sintomas depressivos de idosos com disfunção vestibular crônica

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    Juliana Maria Gazzola

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To identify factors relating to depressive symptoms among elderly people with chronic vestibular dysfunction. METHOD: This was a cross-sectional study in which 120 elderly people with chronic vestibular dysfunction answered the Geriatric Depression Scale questionnaire. Multivariate linear regression analysis was performed (pOBJETIVO: Identificar os fatores relacionados aos sintomas depressivos de idosos com disfunção vestibular crônica. MÉTODO: Estudo transversal, em que 120 idosos com disfunção vestibular crônica submeteram-se ao questionário Geriatric Depression Scale. Realizou-se análise de regressão linear multivariada (p<0,05 e IC de 95%. RESULTADOS: Os pacientes apresentaram média de 12,86 ± 6,39 pontos no GDS, sendo que 67 idosos (55,8% pontuaram acima da nota de corte 11. O modelo preditivo para piora dos sintomas depressivos foi composto por gênero feminino, distúrbios de memória e da concentração, insônia, hipoacusia, visão péssima, não utilização de dispositivo de auxílio à marcha e maior impacto da tontura no aspecto emocional. CONCLUSÃO: O maior número de sintomas depressivos de idosos vestibulopatas crônicos está relacionado à presença de distúrbios de memória e da concentração, insônia, hipoacusia, visão péssima, maior impacto da tontura no aspecto emocional, gênero feminino e não utilização de dispositivo de auxílio à marcha.

  1. Complicações pulmonares após uso de crack: achados na tomografia computadorizada de alta resolução do tórax Pulmonary complications of crack cocaine use: high-resolution computed tomography of the chest

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    Alexandre Mançano

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Relatamos os achados na tomografia computadorizada de alta resolução de um paciente que, após uso de cocaína fumada (crack, desenvolveu quadro de hemoptise, dispnéia e dor torácica súbitas. As radiografias de tórax mostravam consolidações predominando em lobos superiores. A tomografia de alta resolução evidenciava opacidades em vidro fosco, consolidações e nódulos do espaço aéreo. Nova tomografia de controle, após suspensão da droga e uso de corticóides, mostrou regressão parcial das lesões e aparecimento de escavações. A correlação entre os achados clínicos, laboratoriais e de imagem permitiu o diagnóstico de "pulmão de crack".Here, we report high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT findings in a patient who developed sudden hemoptysis, dyspnea and chest pain after smoking crack cocaine. Chest X-rays showed consolidations, primarily in the upper lobes, and HRCT scans showed ground glass attenuation opacities, consolidations and air-space nodules. A follow-up CT, after drug use discontinuation and administration of corticosteroids, showed partial resolution of pulmonary lesions and the appearance of cavitations. Clinical, imaging and laboratory findings led to a diagnosis of 'crack lung'.

  2. Comparação entre os diagnósticos clínicos e os achados de necropsia: análise retrospectiva de 680 pacientes

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    Segura,Marcos Emanuel de Alcântara; Rocha,Erudith Mendes; Lourenço,Alexandre Alves; Veloso,Moema Gonçalves Pinheiro; Moraes,Waldete Cabral

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    OBJETIVO: Analisar a concordância entre os diagnósticos clínicos e os achados anatomopatológicos obtidos por meio do exame necroscópico, a fim de determinar a freqüência com que a necropsia revela diagnósticos principais inesperados, que são relevantes para a causa do óbito. MÉTODOS: Foram analisadas retrospectivamente 680 necropsias realizadas no Hospital de Base do Distrito Federal (HBDF), de janeiro de 1997 a dezembro de 2002. Para a comparação entre os achados clínicos e anatomopatológico...

  3. ESPLENOMEGALIA PERSISTENTE ASSINTOMÁTICA – UM ACHADO NÃO TRANQUILIZADOR

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    Margarida Coelho

    2015-12-01

    Comentários: Este caso ilustra a importância da avaliação multidisciplinar de causas secundárias de esplenomegalia per- sistente em idade pediátrica, ainda que assintomática. O diagnóstico presuntivo de esplenomegalia constitucional deverá ser um diagnóstico de exclusão, dada existência de patologias que podem permanecer assintomáticas durante longos períodos de tempo, algumas com tratamento disponível, modificador do curso e prognóstico da doença

  4. Postural Control in Bilateral Vestibular Failure: Its Relation to Visual, Proprioceptive, Vestibular, and Cognitive Input

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    Andreas Sprenger

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    Full Text Available Patients with bilateral vestibular failure (BVF suffer from postural and gait unsteadiness with an increased risk of falls. The aim of this study was to elucidate the differential role of otolith, semicircular canal (SSC, visual, proprioceptive, and cognitive influences on the postural stability of BVF patients. Center-of-pressure displacements were recorded by posturography under six conditions: target visibility; tonic head positions in the pitch plane; horizontal head shaking; sensory deprivation; dual task; and tandem stance. Between-group analysis revealed larger postural sway in BVF patients on eye closure; but with the eyes open, BVF did not differ from healthy controls (HCs. Head tilts and horizontal head shaking increased sway but did not differ between groups. In the dual task condition, BVF patients maintained posture indistinguishable from controls. On foam and tandem stance, postural sway was larger in BVF, even with the eyes open. The best predictor for the severity of bilateral vestibulopathy was standing on foam with eyes closed. Postural control of our BVF was indistinguishable from HCs once visual and proprioceptive feedback is provided. This distinguishes them from patients with vestibulo-cerebellar disorders or functional dizziness. It confirms previous reports and explains that postural unsteadiness of BVF patients can be missed easily if not examined by conditions of visual and/or proprioceptive deprivation. In fact, the best predictor for vestibular hypofunction (VOR gain was examining patients standing on foam with the eyes closed. Postural sway in that condition increased with the severity of vestibular impairment but not with disease duration. In the absence of visual control, impaired otolith input destabilizes BVF with head retroflexion. Stimulating deficient SSC does not distinguish patients from controls possibly reflecting a shift of intersensory weighing toward proprioceptive-guided postural control. Accordingly

  5. Genetics of Peripheral Vestibular Dysfunction: Lessons from Mutant Mouse Strains

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    Jones, Sherri M.; Jones, Timothy A.

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    Background A considerable amount of research has been published about genetic hearing impairment. Fifty to sixty percent of hearing loss is thought to have a genetic cause. Genes may also play a significant role in acquired hearing loss due to aging, noise exposure, or ototoxic medications. Between 1995 and 2012, over 100 causative genes have been identified for syndromic and nonsyndromic forms of hereditary hearing loss (see Hereditary Hearing Loss Homepage http://hereditaryhearingloss.org). Mouse models have been extremely valuable in facilitating the discovery of hearing loss genes, and in understanding inner ear pathology due to genetic mutations or elucidating fundamental mechanisms of inner ear development. Purpose Whereas much is being learned about hereditary hearing loss and the genetics of cochlear disorders, relatively little is known about the role genes may play in peripheral vestibular impairment. Here we review the literature with regard to genetics of vestibular dysfunction and discuss what we have learned from studies using mutant mouse models and direct measures of peripheral vestibular neural function. Results Several genes are considered that when mutated lead to varying degrees of inner ear vestibular dysfunction due to deficits in otoconia, stereocilia, hair cells, or neurons. Behavior often does not reveal the inner ear deficit. Many of the examples presented are also known to cause human disorders. Conclusions Knowledge regarding the roles of particular genes in the operation of the vestibular sensory apparatus is growing and it is clear that gene products co-expressed in the cochlea and vestibule may play different roles in the respective end organs. The discovery of new genes mediating critical inner ear vestibular function carries the promise of new strategies in diagnosing, treating and managing patients as well as predicting the course and level of morbidity in human vestibular disease. PMID:25032973

  6. Prevalence of vestibular disorder in older people who experience dizziness

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    Allan T Chau

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    Full Text Available Dizziness and imbalance are clinically poorly defined terms, which affect ~30% of people over 65 years of age. In these people it is often difficult to define the primary cause of dizziness, as it can stem from cardiovascular, vestibular, psychological and neuromuscular causes. However, identification of the primary cause is vital in determining the most effective treatment strategy for a patient. Our aim was to accurately identify the prevalence of: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV, peripheral, and central vestibular hypofunction in people aged over 50 years who had experienced dizziness within the past year. Seventy six participants aged 51 to 92 (mean ± SD = 69 ± 9.5 years were tested using the Head Thrust Dynamic Visual Acuity (htDVA test, Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI, as well as sinusoidal and unidirectional rotational chair testing, in order to obtain data for: htDVA score; DHI score; sinusoidal (whole-body, 0.1 - 2 Hz with peak-velocity at 30deg/s Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex (VOR gain and phase; transient (whole-body, acceleration at 150deg/s/s to a constant velocity rotation of 50deg/s VOR gain and time constant; OptoKinetic Nystagmus (OKN gain and time constant (whole-body, constant velocity rotation at 50deg/s. We found that BPPV, peripheral and central vestibular hypofunction were present in 38% and 1% of participants respectively, suggesting a likely vestibular cause of dizziness in these people. Of those with a likely vestibular cause, 63% had BPPV; a figure higher than previously reported in dizziness clinics of ~25%. Our results indicate that htDVA, sinusoidal (particularly 0.5 - 1 Hz and transient VOR testing were the most effective at detecting people with BPPV or vestibular hypofunction, whereas DHI and OKN were effective at only detecting non-BPPV vestibular hypofunction.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. VESTIBULAR NEURITIS AS THE CAUSE OF SYSTEMIC VERTIGO

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    K. A. Demina

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The Vestibular Neuritis is often mistakenly diagnosed pathology manifested by a sudden acute systemic dizziness, nausea, vomiting, unsteadiness when walking and peripheral nystagmus. The Vestibular Neuritis often occurs under the guise of different diseases — migraine, Meniere’s disease, acute disorders of cerebral circulation and others. The vestibular Neuritis is a quite rare pathology, which may cause diagnostic difficulties for physicians of different specialties. As the diagnosis of “vestibular neuritis” is primarily a “diagnosis of exclusion”, it is necessary to know peculiarities of clinical picture, course and differential diagnosis with other similar netalogue. The diagnosis of the disease requires the joint and coordinated work of medical specialists: neurologists, ENT, specialists of functional and laboratory diagnostics and laboratory services. Due to the low awareness of this disease doctors of different specialties often make mistakes in diagnosis and treatment. The article presents a clinical case of development of the vestibular Neuritis under the guise of ischemic stroke in the vertebral-basilar pool as an example of the difficulties of differential diagnosis in clinical practice. On the example of a clinical case the course of the disease and possible complications that can occur during this nosology are considered. 

  10. Impaired math achievement in patients with acute vestibular neuritis.

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    Moser, Ivan; Vibert, Dominique; Caversaccio, Marco D; Mast, Fred W

    2017-12-01

    Broad cognitive difficulties have been reported in patients with peripheral vestibular deficit, especially in the domain of spatial cognition. Processing and manipulating numbers relies on the ability to use the inherent spatial features of numbers. It is thus conceivable that patients with acute peripheral vestibular deficit show impaired numerical cognition. Using the number Stroop task and a short math achievement test, we tested 20 patients with acute vestibular neuritis and 20 healthy, age-matched controls. On the one hand, patients showed normal congruency and distance effects in the number Stroop task, which is indicative of normal number magnitude processing. On the other hand, patients scored lower than healthy controls in the math achievement test. We provide evidence that the lower performance cannot be explained by either differences in prior math knowledge (i.e., education) or slower processing speed. Our results suggest that peripheral vestibular deficit negatively affects numerical cognition in terms of the efficient manipulation of numbers. We discuss the role of executive functions in math performance and argue that previously reported executive deficits in patients with peripheral vestibular deficit provide a plausible explanation for the lower math achievement scores. In light of the handicapping effects of impaired numerical cognition in daily living, it is crucial to further investigate the mechanisms that cause mathematical deficits in acute PVD and eventually develop adequate means for cognitive interventions. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Vestibular neuritis: is there any evidence of an asymmetric distribution?

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    Reiß, Michael; Reiß, Gilfe

    2012-04-01

    Statistics in the literature showed that neuro-otological diseases (i.e. sudden hearing loss or tinnitus) occur predominantly in the left ear. In a seven-study meta-analysis of patients suffering from vestibular neuritis, Reiß found no clear dominance of one side (50.8% on the right side, 48.4% on the left side and 0.8% on both sides). The purpose of this study is to investigate the laterality of vestibular neuritis in a distinct population of patients. Lateralization of vestibular neuritis was studied in 160 patients treated at Elblandklinikum Radebeul from January 2004 to December 2009. There was a statistically non-significant dominance of the right side in the total sample, specifically in female patients (57% right vs. 40% left), but not in male patients. The study confirms the results of the meta-analysis: that there is no relevant side dominance in patients suffering from vestibular neuritis. In addition to the caloric test, the head impulse test was performed in 157 patients. In 92% of these patients, the disturbance of vestibular function could be confirmed with the head impulse test. This test is altogether a clinically useful instrument especially for follow-up, but also for diagnosis.

  12. Audio-Vestibular Findings in Increased Intracranial Hypertension Syndrome.

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    Çoban, Kübra; Aydın, Erdinç; Özlüoğlu, Levent Naci

    2017-04-01

    Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) can be manifested by audiological and vestibular complaints. The aim of the present study is to determine the audio-vestibular pathologies and their pathophysiologies in this syndrome by performing current audio-vestibular tests. The study was performed prospectively on 40 individuals (20 IIH patients, 20 healthy volunteers). Pure tone audiometry, tympanometry, vestibular evoked myogenic potentials, and electronystagmography tests were performed in both groups and the results were compared. The mean age of both groups was found to be 30.2±18.7. There were 11 females and 9 males in each group. The study group patients had significantly worse hearing levels. Pure tone averages were significantly higher in both ears of the study group (pvestibular systems are frequently affected in this condition. Our test results suggest inner ear pathologies in these patients. Higher incidence of inferior vestibular nerve and/or saccule dysfunction is detected as a novelty. Increased intracranial pressure may affect the inner ear with similar mechanisms as in hydrops.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Vestibular evoked myogenic potentials in patients with ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Özgür, Abdulkadir; Serdaroğlu Beyazal, Münevver; Terzi, Suat; Coşkun, Zerrin Özergin; Dursun, Engin

    2016-10-01

    Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic systemic inflammatory disease with unknown etiology. Although sacroiliac joint involvement is the classic sign along with the formed immune mediators, it may result in immune-mediated inner ear disease and may cause damage to the audiovestibular system. Vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP) is a clinical reflex test used in the diagnosis of vestibular diseases and is performed by recording and evaluating the muscle potentials resulting from the stimulation of the vestibular system with different stimuli. The aim of this study is to evaluate the cervical VEMP test results in AS patients without vestibular symptoms. Thirty-three patients with AS and a control group of 30 healthy volunteers with similar demographic characteristics were evaluated in the study. VEMP wave latency, P13-N23 wave amplitude, and VEMP asymmetry ratio (VAR) values were compared between the groups. The relationship between clinical and laboratory findings of the AS patients and VEMP data were also investigated. Compared with healthy people, this study shows the response rate of patients with ankylosing spondylitis was reduced in the VEMP test, and P13-N23 wave amplitude showed a decrease in AS patients who had VEMP response (p ankylosing spondylitis. The data obtained from this study suggest that AS may lead to decreased sensitivity of the vestibular system.

  16. Vestibular dysfunction in Turner syndrome: a case report.

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    Baxter, Michael; Agrawal, Yuri

    2014-02-01

    Turner syndrome is a well-known cause of sensorineural hearing loss, and the lack of estrogen has been implicated in cochlear dysfunction. It has never been associated with vestibular dysfunction. We report a case of a patient with Turner syndrome who was found to have bilateral vestibular dysfunction based on video-oculography (VOG) testing. A single patient with a history of Turner syndrome who was found to have significant bilateral vestibular dysfunction. After noticing a deficit in the vestibulo-ocular reflexes on qualitative horizontal head impulse examination, the patient underwent VOG testing. VOG testing quantatively measures angular vestibulo-ocular reflex (AVOR) gain in the horizontal semicircular canal plane. AVOR gain represents the eye movement response to a head movement; in normal individuals the eye movement is fully compensatory and gain values are close to unity. VOG results showed AVOR gains of 0.29 and 0.36 on the right and left sides, respectively. We have presented a case of a woman with Turner syndrome with asymptomatic vestibular dysfunction demonstrated with VOG testing. Although there is a documented relationship between Turner syndrome and sensorineural hearing loss, there are no previous studies or case reports linking Turner syndrome and vestibular dysfunction. Additional research and added vigilance in monitoring Turner syndrome patients may be warranted.

  17. Influence of cochlear implantation on peripheral vestibular receptor function.

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    Krause, Eike; Louza, Julia P R; Wechtenbruch, Juliane; Gürkov, Robert

    2010-06-01

    The objectives of this study were 1) to assess the influence of a cochlear implantation on peripheral vestibular receptor function in the inner ear in the implant and in the nonimplant side, and 2) to analyze a possible correlation with resulting vertigo symptoms. Prospective clinical study. Cochlear implant center at tertiary referral hospital. A total of 32 patients, aged 15 to 83 years, undergoing cochlear implantation were assessed pre- and postoperatively for caloric horizontal semicircular canal response and vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials of the sacculus, and postoperatively for subjective vertigo symptoms. Patients with vertigo were compared with patients without symptoms with regard to the findings of the vestibular function tests. Cochlear implantation represents a significant risk factor for horizontal semicircular canal impairment (P 0.05). Cochlear implantation is a relevant risk factor for damage of peripheral vestibular receptor function. Therefore, preservation not only of residual hearing function but also of vestibular function should be aimed for, by using minimally invasive surgical techniques. Copyright 2010 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Deconvolution of the vestibular evoked myogenic potential.

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    Lütkenhöner, Bernd; Basel, Türker

    2012-02-07

    The vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP) and the associated variance modulation can be understood by a convolution model. Two functions of time are incorporated into the model: the motor unit action potential (MUAP) of an average motor unit, and the temporal modulation of the MUAP rate of all contributing motor units, briefly called rate modulation. The latter is the function of interest, whereas the MUAP acts as a filter that distorts the information contained in the measured data. Here, it is shown how to recover the rate modulation by undoing the filtering using a deconvolution approach. The key aspects of our deconvolution algorithm are as follows: (1) the rate modulation is described in terms of just a few parameters; (2) the MUAP is calculated by Wiener deconvolution of the VEMP with the rate modulation; (3) the model parameters are optimized using a figure-of-merit function where the most important term quantifies the difference between measured and model-predicted variance modulation. The effectiveness of the algorithm is demonstrated with simulated data. An analysis of real data confirms the view that there are basically two components, which roughly correspond to the waves p13-n23 and n34-p44 of the VEMP. The rate modulation corresponding to the first, inhibitory component is much stronger than that corresponding to the second, excitatory component. But the latter is more extended so that the two modulations have almost the same equivalent rectangular duration. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Stereotactic radiation therapy for large vestibular schwannomas

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    Mandl, Ellen S.; Meijer, Otto W.M.; Slotman, Ben J.; Vandertop, W. Peter; Peerdeman, Saskia M.

    2010-01-01

    Background and purpose: To evaluate the morbidity and tumor-control rate in the treatment of large vestibular schwannomas (VS) after stereotactic radiation therapy in our institution. Material and methods: Twenty-five consecutive patients (17 men, 8 women) with large VS (diameter 3.0 cm or larger), treated with stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) or stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) between 1992 and 2007, were retrospectively studied after a mean follow-up period of three years with respect to tumor-control rate and complications. Results: Actuarial 5-year maintenance of pre-treatment hearing level probability of 30% was achieved. Five of 17 patients suffered permanent new facial nerve dysfunction. The actuarial 5-year facial nerve preservation probability was 80%. Permanent new trigeminal nerve neuropathy occurred in two of 15 patients, resulting in an actuarial 5-year trigeminal nerve preservation probability of 85%. Tumor progression occurred in four of 25 (16%) patients. The overall 5-year tumor control probability was 82%. Conclusion: Increased morbidity rates were found in patients with large VS treated with SRT or SRS compared to the published series on regular sized VS and other smaller retrospective studies on large VS.

  20. Auditory, Vestibular and Cognitive Effects due to Repeated Blast Exposure on the Warfighter

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    competitions Prior disorders of hearing and balance including: o Meniere’s disease o Chronic migraine o Multiple sclerosis o Vestibular neuritis o...AD______________ AWARD NUMBER: W81XWH-08-2-0029 TITLE: Auditory, Vestibular and Cognitive...201 – 31 201 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER Auditory, Vestibular and Cognitive Effects due to Repeated Blast Exposure on the

  1. Evaluation of diagnostic tests of the otolith organs and their application in various vestibular pathologies

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    Winters, S.M.

    2014-01-01

    Current vestibular testing is limited. The general function of the vestibular system on both sides of the head can be tested, and one part of the peripheral vestibular organ, the horizontal semicircular canal, can be tested unilaterally. However, recently a test for the function of the otolith

  2. Vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMPs) evoked by air- and bone-conducted stimuli in vestibular neuritis.

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    Govender, Sendhil; Dennis, Danielle L; Colebatch, James G

    2015-10-01

    To compare and characterise abnormalities for short latency vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMPs) elicited by air- (AC) and two differing types of bone-conducted (BC) stimuli during vestibular neuritis (VN). AC (500Hz short tone bursts) and two BC stimuli (500Hz at the forehead and impulses at the mastoids) were used to evoke cervical and ocular potentials (cVEMPs and oVEMPs) in VN patients (n=22) and healthy subjects. More abnormalities were observed for the oVEMP than the cVEMP when using either AC 500Hz or BC 500Hz. The AC stimulus showed slightly more abnormalities than the BC 500Hz stimulus. In contrast, BC impulses produced frequent abnormalities for both oVEMPs and cVEMPs. The findings were modelled, based upon presumed selective lesions of the superior nerve. AC 500Hz stimulation was slightly better than BC 500Hz in demonstrating abnormalities in patients with VN. BC impulses behave as expected for a predominantly utricular stimulus. The relative contributions of saccular and utricular fibres differ for stimulus type and target reflex. AC 500Hz is as effective as BC 500Hz for investigating VN. BC impulses act most strongly on utricular afferents. Copyright © 2015 International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Correlation of vestibular aqueduct size with air-bone gap in enlarged vestibular aqueduct syndrome.

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    Seo, Young Joon; Kim, Jinna; Choi, Jae Young

    2016-07-01

    Patients with enlarged vestibular aqueduct (EVA) often demonstrate an air-bone gap (ABG) at low frequencies on audiometric testing. The mechanism for this has not been well elucidated. We investigated vestibular aqueduct (VA) size and ABG in patients with EVA, and assessed the relationship between VA diameter and ABG. Retrospective review. We assessed 98 ears from 49 individuals diagnosed with Pendred syndrome. The VA diameters of ears in groups with (n = 60) and without (n = 38) ABG were measured using axial computed tomography images. Three different parameters of VA diameter (fundus, midpoint, and porous width) were correlated with the results of pure tone analysis. We found that patients with ABG have larger diameters of the VA than patients without ABG (fundus width = 1.13 vs. 0.71 mm, respectively; midpoint width = 3.23 vs. 2.77 mm, respectively; porous width = 2.73 vs. 2.29 mm, respectively; P 0.865 mm. Our findings suggest that the axial parameters of the VA yield information about ABG in patients with EVA. The data are consistent with the hypothesis that an EVA introduces a third mobile window into the inner ear, resulting in an ABG at low frequencies. 4. Laryngoscope, 126:1633-1638, 2016. © 2015 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

  4. Tétano em pequenos ruminantes: estudo retrospectivo dos principais achados clínico-epidemiológicos em 11 casos

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    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available A retrospective study of major clinical and epidemiological findings was performed in 11 cases of tetanus observed in eight sheep and three goats from 1998 to 2008. The cases occurred predominantly in animals aging from five days to two years, in winter season, with history of recent wounds or surgical procedures. Muscle rigidity and muscular tremors (72.0%, tachycardia/dyspnea (54.5%, change of placement of ears (45.4%, protusion of the third eyelid (27.2%, hypersensitivity to external stimulus (18.1%, and elevation of ears (18.1% were the most common clinical signs.

  5. [Video head impulse test for evaluation of vestibular function in patients with vestibular neuritis and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo].

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    Guan, Qiongfeng; Zhang, Lisan; Hong, Wenke; Yang, Yi; Chen, Zhaoying; Zhang, Dan; Hu, Xingyue

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    Objective: To assess the clinical application of video head impulse test (vHIT) for vestibular function in vestibular neuritis (VN) and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) patients. Methods: Thirty-three patients with VN and 43 patients with BPPV were enrolled from Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital and Ningbo Second Hospital from March 15 to September 10, 2015; and 50 healthy controls were also enrolled in the study. vHIT was used to quantitatively test the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) gains of a pair of horizontal semicircular canals. VOR gains two pairs of vertical semicircular canals, and the corresponding asymmetrical value of three VOR gains. The saccades information was also recorded. Results: Compared with the healthy control group and BPPV patients, the affected horizontal and vertical VOR gains were declined and the corresponding asymmetries were increased in VN patients (all P 0.05). The sensibility of vHIT in diagnosis of VN was 87.9%. Among 33 VN patients, 22 were diagnosed with superior vestibular nerve dysfunction, 7 were found with inferior vestibular nerve dysfunction and 3 were with both dysfunction; and 1 case was not distinguished. Conclusion: Video head impulse test can quantitatively evaluate the vestibular dysfunction of VN and can help early diagnosis of VN, which may be widely used in clinic.

  6. Cervical and ocular vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials in vestibular neuritis: comparison between air- and bone-conducted stimulation.

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    Oh, Sun-Young; Kim, Ji-Soo; Yang, Tae-Ho; Shin, Byoung-Soo; Jeong, Seul-Ki

    2013-08-01

    To clarify the changes of cervical (cVEMP) and ocular (oVEMP) vestibular evoked myogenic potentials induced by air-conducted sound (ACS) and bone-conducted vibration (BCV) in patients with vestibular neuritis (VN), patients with VN (n = 30) and normal controls (n = 45) underwent recording of cVEMP and oVEMP in response to ACS (1,000 Hz, 5 ms, tone bursts) and BCV (500 Hz, short tone burst). Patients with VN showed a high proportion of oVEMP abnormalities in response to both ACS (80.0 %) and BCV at the forehead (Fz, 73.3 %) or the mastoid (76.7 %). In contrast, cVEMPs were mostly normal with both ACS and BCV in the patients. The dissociations in the abnormalities of cVEMP and oVEMP induced by ACS and BCV at the mastoids and at the forehead in patients with VN suggest that oVEMP reflects functions of the superior vestibular nerve and most likely the utricular function. The results of our study suggest that oVEMP induced by either ACS or BCV appears to depend on integrity of the superior vestibular nerve, possibly due to the utricular afferents travelling in it. In contrast, cVEMP elicited by either ACS or BCV may reflect function of the saccular afferents running in the inferior vestibular nerve.

  7. New findings on iron absorption conditioning factors Novos achados sobre os fatores condicionantes da absorção do ferro

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    Rute Cândida Pereira

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available The authors focus iron intake regulation in the body and the probable mechanisms related to iron absorption. They analyze the impact of iron absorption deficiency resulting in iron deficiency anemia, a public health issue of great impact in the world influencing child and maternal health risk increase. This paper aims at highlighting the problems affecting the uptake or inhibiting processes of iron absorption in an attempt to correlate information on conditioning factors and current findings. This study is a document based descriptive study comprising literature review. In food, iron has different forms, such as the heme and non-heme forms following different absorption pathways with different efficiency rates, depending on conditioning factors, such as diet profile, physiological aspects, iron chemical state, absorption regulation, transportation, storing, excretion and the presence of disease, They also discuss the current difficulties in dealing with iron nutritional deficiency in vulnerable groups, children and pregnant women, and focus data on iron consumption, adhesion to breast feeding and the frequency of prenatal care visits.Os autores abordam a regulação da entrada de ferro no organismo e os prováveis mecanismos que permeiam essa regulação. Analisam o impacto da deficiência de absorção de ferro que acarreta anemia ferropriva, que se constitui hoje num problema de saúde pública de grande repercussão e, é reconhecidamente, a doença de maior magnitude em âmbito mundial, concorrendo com elevação de riscos à saúde materna e infantil. O objetivo do trabalho é ressaltar os problemas que afetam o processo de captação ou inibição da absorção do ferro, buscando correlacionar os conhecimentos sobre os fatores condicionantes e os achados atuais. O estudo foi do tipo descritivo, de base documental, compondo uma revisão de literatura. Nos alimentos, o ferro se encontra em formas diferentes, ferro heme e não heme as quais

  8. Perfil audiológico de idosos submetidos à reabilitação vestibular

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    Sara Alois de Abreu Martins

    2015-06-01

    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 tontura. 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.

  9. Effects of vestibular rehabilitation in the elderly complaining of dizziness

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    Andréa Paz-Oliveira

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Changes of body balance are among the most common complaints of the elderly. Vestibular rehabilitation is one of the most effective methods in the recovery of the body balance. The objective to investigate the effects of vestibular rehabilitation in body balance of a group of elderly people with dizziness complain through dizziness handicap inventory. The sample was comprised of 10 seniors (6 women and 4 men with mean age of 68.9 years. The elderly complaining of dizziness showed high score in the DHI in the physical, functional and emotional aspects in the condition pre-VR and these values decreased after vestibular rehabilitation program. Complaints of dizziness also decreased after the implementation of the programmee.  

  10. Visual gravitational motion and the vestibular system in humans

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    Francesco eLacquaniti

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The visual system is poorly sensitive to arbitrary accelerations, but accurately detects the effects of gravity on a target motion. Here we review behavioral and neuroimaging data about the neural mechanisms for dealing with object motion and egomotion under gravity. The results from several experiments show that the visual estimates of a target motion under gravity depend on the combination of a prior of gravity effects with on-line visual signals on target position and velocity. These estimates are affected by vestibular inputs, and are encoded in a visual-vestibular network whose core regions lie within or around the Sylvian fissure, and are represented by the posterior insula/retroinsula/temporo-parietal junction. This network responds both to target motions coherent with gravity and to vestibular caloric stimulation in human fMRI studies. Transient inactivation of the temporo-parietal junction selectively disrupts the interception of targets accelerated by gravity.

  11. The effects of aging on clinical vestibular evaluations

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    Maxime eMaheu

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available 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 cVEMP and oVEMP, then the caloric and vHIT methods for semi-circular 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 semi-circular canals function.

  12. Anterior inferior cerebellar artery aneurysms mimicking vestibular schwannomas.

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    Marchini, Aïda Kawkabani; Mosimann, Pascal J; Guichard, Jean-Pierre; Boukobza, Monique; Houdart, Emmanuel

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    Unruptured anterior inferior cerebellar artery (AICA) aneurysms are rare but potentially lethal cerebellopontine angle (CPA) lesions that may be misdiagnosed as vestibular schwannomas when they present with vestibulo-cochlear symptoms. We report two cases of unruptured but symptomatic AICA aneurysms initially referred to us as atypical vestibular schwannomas requiring surgery. Two discriminant MR features are described. One patient refused treatment. The other was successfully treated by coil occlusion. Caution is advised before suspecting a CPA mass to be a purely extra-canalicular schwannoma, given its extreme rarity. Deafness and cerebellar ischemia may be prevented if AICA aneurysms are correctly identified preoperatively. In the absence of specific arterial imaging, two MR features may distinguish them from vestibular schwannomas: (1) the absence of internal auditory canal enlargement and (2) the "blurry dot sign," representing blood flow artefacts on pre- and postcontrast studies. Copyright © 2013 by the American Society of Neuroimaging.

  13. Comparação entre os achados ultra-sonográficos, histeroscópicos e histopatológicos no sangramento uterino da pós-menopausa Comparison of ultrasonographic, hysteroscopic and histopathologic findings in women with postmenopausal uterine bleeding

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Determinar a associação entre os achados ultra-sonográficos, histeroscópicos e histopatológicos em mulheres com sangramento uterino na pós-menopausa. MÉTODOS: realizou-se estudo descritivo, retrospectivo, tipo transversal, incluindo 156 pacientes com sangramento uterino na pós-menopausa atendidas no Centro Diagnóstico do Instituto Materno-Infantil de Pernambuco no período de janeiro de 1995 a dezembro de 2001. Os resultados ultra-sonográficos foram classificados como anormais ou normais, de acordo com os pontos de corte de 4 e 5 mm. Determinou-se a freqüência dos principais achados histeroscópicos e histopatológicos destas mulheres, categorizados como lesões pré-malignas/malignas (hiperplasias/câncer e lesões benignas. Determinou-se ainda a concordância entre os achados histeroscópicos e histopatológicos. RESULTADOS: a freqüência de espessamento do eco endometrial de acordo com os pontos de corte de 4 mm e 5 mm foi de 75% e de 67,3%, respectivamente. O achado histeroscópico mais freqüente foi o endométrio atrófico (37,8%, seguindo-se os pólipos endometriais (35,9%, hiperplasia do endométrio (10,9%, câncer de endométrio (10,3%, endométrio funcionante (30.2% e outros achados (1,9%. Em relação aos achados histopatológicos, observou-se também maior freqüência do endométrio atrófico (31,4%, seguindo-se os pólipos endometriais (26,3%, material insuficiente (16,0%, câncer de endométrio (10,9%, hiperplasia (9,0% e outros achados (6,4%. Observou-se associação estatisticamente significante entre espessamento endometrial e presença de lesões pré-malignas e malignas. Observou-se um único caso de malignidade em pacientes com ponto de corte de 5 mm, e nenhum caso foi evidenciado com o ponto de corte de 4 mm. Encontrou-se uma boa taxa de concordância entre os achados histeroscópicos e histopatológicos (kappa = 0,61. CONCLUSÕES: a freqüência de eco endometrial espessado foi de 75% e de 67,3% com

  14. Acurácia da ultra-sonografia ocular na detecção de alterações vitreorretinianas em candidatos à vitrectomia

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a correlação entre os achados da ultra-sonografia ocular no pré-operatório e os achados intra-operatórios na vitrectomia via pars plana. MÉTODOS: Em estudo prospectivo 21 olhos, que tinham indicação prévia de vitrectomia via pars plana, foram submetidos ao exame por um ultra-sonografista experiente e classificados em grupos de acordo com os achados. O valor preditivo positivo foi determinado a partir da correlação entre os achados de exame no pré-operatório e aqueles observados durante a cirurgia. RESULTADOS: A indicação mais freqüente das vitrectomias foi a hemorragia secundária à retinopatia diabética proliferativa (16 olhos. O valor preditivo positivo da ultra-sonografia ocular foi de 80%. A melhor correlação entre os achados dos exames e os cirúrgicos foi para os casos de opacidade vítrea isolada e de descolamento total de retina. O melhor prognóstico visual foi observado no grupo que tinha apenas hemorragia vítrea sem descolamento de hialóide ou de retina. CONCLUSÕES: A ultra-sonografia ocular tem boa acurácia para detectar as alterações provenientes da inter-relação entre retina e vítreo.

  15. Vertigo with sudden hearing loss: audio-vestibular characteristics.

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    Pogson, Jacob M; Taylor, Rachael L; Young, Allison S; McGarvie, Leigh A; Flanagan, Sean; Halmagyi, G Michael; Welgampola, Miriam S

    2016-10-01

    Acute vertigo with sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) is a rare clinical emergency. Here, we report the audio-vestibular test profiles of 27 subjects who presented with these symptoms. The vestibular test battery consisted of a three-dimensional video head impulse test (vHIT) of semicircular canal function and recording ocular and cervical vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials (oVEMP, cVEMP) to test otolith dysfunction. Unlike vestibular neuritis, where the horizontal and anterior canals with utricular function are more frequently impaired, 74 % of subjects with vertigo and SSNHL demonstrated impairment of the posterior canal gain (0.45 ± 0.20). Only 41 % showed impairment of the horizontal canal gains (0.78 ± 0.27) and 30 % of the anterior canal gains (0.79 ± 0.26), while 38 % of oVEMPs [asymmetry ratio (AR) = 41.0 ± 41.3 %] and 33 % of cVEMPs (AR = 47.3 ± 41.2 %) were significantly asymmetrical. Twenty-three subjects were diagnosed with labyrinthitis/labyrinthine infarction in the absence of evidence for an underlying pathology. Four subjects had a definitive diagnosis [Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, vestibular schwannoma, anterior inferior cerebellar artery (AICA) infarction, and traction injury]. Ischemia involving the common-cochlear or vestibulo-cochlear branches of the labyrinthine artery could be the simplest explanation for vertigo with SSNHL. Audio-vestibular tests did not provide easy separation between ischaemic and non-ischaemic causes of vertigo with SSNHL.

  16. Motor Performance is Impaired Following Vestibular Stimulation in Ageing Mice.

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    Tung, Victoria W K; Burton, Thomas J; Quail, Stephanie L; Mathews, Miranda A; Camp, Aaron J

    2016-01-01

    Balance and maintaining postural equilibrium are important during stationary and dynamic movements to prevent falls, particularly in older adults. While our sense of balance is influenced by vestibular, proprioceptive, and visual information, this study focuses primarily on the vestibular component and its age-related effects on balance. C57Bl/6J mice of ages 1, 5-6, 8-9 and 27-28 months were tested using a combination of standard (such as grip strength and rotarod) and newly-developed behavioral tests (including balance beam and walking trajectory tests with a vestibular stimulus). In the current study, we confirm a decline in fore-limb grip strength and gross motor coordination as age increases. We also show that a vestibular stimulus of low frequency (2-3 Hz) and duration can lead to age-dependent changes in balance beam performance, which was evident by increases in latency to begin walking on the beam as well as the number of times hind-feet slip (FS) from the beam. Furthermore, aged mice (27-28 months) that received continuous access to a running wheel for 4 weeks did not improve when retested. Mice of ages 1, 10, 13 and 27-28 months were also tested for changes in walking trajectory as a result of the vestibular stimulus. While no linear relationship was observed between the changes in trajectory and age, 1-month-old mice were considerably less affected than mice of ages 10, 13 and 27-28 months. this study confirms there are age-related declines in grip strength and gross motor coordination. We also demonstrate age-dependent changes to finer motor abilities as a result of a low frequency and duration vestibular stimulus. These changes showed that while the ability to perform the balance beam task remained intact across all ages tested, behavioral changes in task performance were observed.

  17. Vestibular rehabilitation for dizziness and balance disorders after concussion.

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    Alsalaheen, Bara A; Mucha, Anne; Morris, Laura O; Whitney, Susan L; Furman, Joseph M; Camiolo-Reddy, Cara E; Collins, Michael W; Lovell, Mark R; Sparto, Patrick J

    2010-06-01

    Management of dizziness and balance dysfunction is a major challenge after concussion. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of vestibular rehabilitation in reducing dizziness and to improve gait and balance function in people after concussion. A retrospective chart review of 114 patients (67 children aged 18 years and younger [mean, 16 years; range, 8-18 years]; 47 adults older than 18 years [mean, 41 years; range, 19-73 years]) referred for vestibular rehabilitation after concussion was performed. At the time of initial evaluation and discharge, recordings were made of outcome measures of self-report (eg, dizziness severity, Activities-specific Balance Confidence Scale, and Dizziness Handicap Inventory) and gait and balance performance (eg, Dynamic Gait Index, gait speed, and the Sensory Organization Test). A mixed-factor repeated-measures analysis of variance was used to test whether there was an effect of vestibular rehabilitation therapy and age on the outcome measures. The median length of time between concussion and initial evaluation was 61 days. Of the 114 patients who were referred, 84 returned for at least 1 visit. In these patients, improvements were observed in all self-report, gait, and balance performance measures at the time of discharge (P Vestibular rehabilitation may reduce dizziness and improve gait and balance function after concussion. For most measures, the improvement did not depend on age, indicating that vestibular rehabilitation may equally benefit both children and adults. Vestibular rehabilitation should be considered in the management of individuals post concussion who have dizziness and gait and balance dysfunction that do not resolve with rest.

  18. Plasticity during vestibular compensation: the role of saccades

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    Hamish Gavin MacDougall

    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.

  19. The Vestibular Effects of Repeated Low-Level Blasts.

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    Littlefield, Philip D; Pinto, Robin L; Burrows, Holly L; Brungart, Douglas S

    2016-01-01

    The objective of this study was to use a prospective cohort of United States Marine Corps (USMC) instructors to identify any acute or long-term vestibular dysfunction following repeated blast exposures during explosive breaching training. They were assessed in clinic and on location during training at the USMC Methods of Entry School, Quantico, VA. Subjects received comprehensive baseline vestibular assessments and these were repeated in order to identify longitudinal changes. They also received shorter assessments immediately following blast exposure in order to identify acute findings. The main outcome measures were the Neurobehavioral Symptom Inventory, vestibular Visual Analog Scale (VAS) of subjective vestibular function, videonystagmography (VNG), vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP), rotary chair (including the unilateral centrifugation test), computerized dynamic posturography, and computerized dynamic visual acuity. A total of 11 breachers and 4 engineers were followed for up to 17 months. No acute effects or longitudinal deteriorations were identified, but there were some interesting baseline group differences. Upbeat positional nystagmus was common, and correlated (p<0.005) with a history of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Several instructors had abnormally short low-frequency phase leads on rotary chair testing. This study evaluated breaching instructors over a longer test period than any other study, and the results suggest that this population appears to be safe from a vestibular standpoint at the current exposure levels. Upbeat positional nystagmus correlated with a history of mTBI in this population, and this has not been described elsewhere. The data trends also suggest that this nystagmus could be an acute blast effect. However, the reasons for the abnormally short phase leads seen in rotary chair testing are unclear at this time. Further investigation seems warranted.

  20. A Case of Psychogenic Dizziness Mimicking Vestibular Epilepsy

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    Lee, Kyung Jae; Jeong, Seong-Hae; Baek, In Chul; Lee, Ae Young; Kim, Jae-Moon

    2012-01-01

    A 28-year-old patient presented with frequent episodes of clockwise whirling vertigo, with no ear symptoms or anxiety. He had a previous history of encephaloduroarteriosynangiosis from Moyamoya disease 3 years ago. We assumed that the ictus was a manifestation of vestibular epilepsy. Although the patient was monitored continuously with video and computerized electroencephalography equipment for 24 hours, his vertigo was not accompanied by electroencephalographic discharges. And thorough vestibular evaluation was normal. His symptom was alleviated by psychological support. Psychogenic dizziness may also manifest as recurrent whirling vertigo with unilateral directionality. PMID:24649463

  1. The vein of the vestibular aqueduct with potential pathologic perspectives

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    Friis, Morten; Sørensen, Mads Sølvsten; Qvortrup, Klaus

    2008-01-01

    of endolymphatic sac (ES) substances to the inner ear. BACKGROUND: The VVA is responsible for the venous drainage of the vestibular apparatus and endolymphatic duct and ES. Previous studies have linked the VVA to Ménière's disease. The aim of the present article was a 3-dimensional perspective study of the VVA...... with its adjacent anatomic structures. METHODS: In 14 rats, the VVA was examined by 3-dimensional reconstruction of 2-microm serial sections, corrosion cast technique, and scanning electron microscopy. RESULTS: From the external aperture of the vestibular aqueduct, the VVA is interposed between the ES...

  2. Vestibular Derangement and Motion Intolerance in VATER Association

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    Orit Samuel

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available VATER association is a nonrandom occurrence of congenital malformations: vertebral defects, anal atresia, tracheoesophageal fistula, renal defects, and radial bone anomalies. We report the case of a 19-year-old man with a childhood diagnosis of VATER association, who presented to the motion sickness clinic with severe seasickness. We discuss the clinical and laboratory diagnosis of vestibular pathophysiology, which was confirmed by MRI of lateral semicircular canal and vestibule dysplasia. We suggest the possibility of vestibular involvement as part of the developmental field defect associated with VATER syndrome, which hitherto has rarely been reported.

  3. A Stimulator ASIC Featuring Versatile Management for Vestibular Prostheses.

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    Dai Jiang; Demosthenous, Andreas; Perkins, Timothy; Xiao Liu; Donaldson, Nick

    2011-04-01

    This paper presents a multichannel stimulator ASIC for an implantable vestibular prosthesis. The system features versatile stimulation management which allows fine setting of the parameters for biphasic stimulation pulses. To address the problem of charge imbalance due to rounding errors, the digital processor can calculate and provide accurate charge correction. A technique to reduce the data rate to the stimulator is described. The stimulator ASIC was implemented in 0.6-μ m high-voltage CMOS technology occupying an area of 2.27 mm(2). The measured performance of the ASIC has been verified using vestibular electrodes in saline.

  4. Sensitization as a Basic Principle of Vestibular Adaptation to Microgravity

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    Horn, Eberhard R.

    2008-06-01

    The analysis of basic mechanisms of physiological adaptation to weightlessness suffers (1) on the rare flight opportunities, and (2) on the collection of data with a rough time resolution. The comparative approach using data from animal and human research might be helpful to overcome these problems even for human research. The advantage of the comparative approach became obvious for vestibular adaptation to microgravity. Neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, behavioural and psychophysical studies in snails, fish, amphibian, rodents, monkey and men clearly revealed vestibular sensitization as a basic mechanism of adaptation to weightlessness.

  5. Vestibular schwannoma and fitness to fly.

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    Pons, Yoann; Raynal, Marc; Hunkemöller, Iris; Lepage, Pierre; Kossowski, Michel

    2010-10-01

    When a pilot is referred for vestibular schwannoma (VS), his or her fitness to fly may be questioned. The objective of this retrospective study was to describe a series of VS cases in a pilot population and to discuss their fitness to fly options. Between September 2002 and March 2010, the ENT/Head and Neck Surgery Department of the National Pilot Expertise Center conducted nearly 120,000 expert consultations for 40,000 pilots. We examined the files of 10 pilots who were referred to our 2 national experts for VS. At the time of the expert consultation, hypoacusis was present in nine cases (four with total deafness), tinnitus in one case, and vertigo in nine cases. In our series, only 2 of the 10 pilots experienced a negative impact on their fitness to fly. Decisions on fitness to fly were based on several factors: minimally disturbed audition, i.e., less than a 35-dB hearing loss with a good speech discrimination score; good balance, i.e., no reported difficulties; no spontaneous nystagmus recorded on videonystagmography (VNG); no postural deviation; and a normal head-shaking test. The delay and the VS's evolution between diagnosis and expert consultation are important because the selection of a treatment to control VS is critical in minimizing the possible associated complications. When a pilot is referred for VS, his or her fitness to fly is determined by the size of the tumor, balance, auditory status, and the follow-up results of these findings. The complications that may arise from VS treatments must also be considered.

  6. [Cavernous haemangiomas: hearing and vestibular inaugural symptoms].

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    Dumas, G; Schmerber, S

    2004-11-01

    Cavernous haemangiomas (cavernomas)(CH) are relatively rare (2% of cranial tumoral pathology) vascular malformations mostly observed in the central nervous system. Their most common topographical site in brain stem is midline in the pons, for which clinical course may mimic symptoms of peripheral origin (sudden deafness, fluctuating hearing loss, Meniere-like vertigo). To establish the correlation between the clinical manifestations of hearing and balance disturbance and the anatomical site within the pons of cavernous haemangiomas, and to describe their clinical features, and the findings on auditory brainstem response (ABR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). To propose a literature review about CH and its implications. We made a retrospective review of the histories of three patients aged 24, 44 and 45 years, diagnosed as having cavernomas of the brainstem in which audiometric evaluation, videonystagmography (VNG), ABR and imaging techniques lead to the diagnosis of intracranial cavernoma. The clinical and radiological files were reviewed and a direct relationship between symptoms and localization was found in all 3 patients, especially in relation to our understanding of the auditory and vestibular pathways within the brainstem. The literature regarding cavernomas of the pons is reviewed and the clinical, neuroimage, pathological, natural course and management aspects of the disease are discussed. We recommend the use of cerebral MRI for initial diagnosis which shows a typical rosette-like appearance with a heterogeneous signal on T2-weighted images, along with follow-up and investigation into similar profiles among family members. At present there is no consensus about the treatment to follow when cavernomas are located in the brain stem. There is no specific medical treatment for this condition, and surgery is indicated only exceptionally. Anticoagulant therapy, platelet-dispersing medication and violent sports activities are contraindicated.

  7. Prevalência e achados epidemiológicos, anatomopatológicos e imuno-histoquímicos dos tumores hepáticos malignos primários de cães da Região Central do Rio Grande do Sul (1965-2012

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    Mariana M. Flores

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available A prevalência e os aspectos epidemiológicos, anatomopatológicos e imuno-histoquímicos dos tumores hepáticos malignos primários (THMP em cães foram estudados. De 7.373 cães necropsiados em 48 anos (1965-2012, 64 morreram de THMP, o que corresponde a 0,9% do total de cães que morreram por qualquer causa, 7,8% do total de cães que morreram por tumores em geral e 33,5% do total de cães que morreram por tumores hepáticos. Desses 64 casos de THMP, 51 foram revistos histologicamente, avaliados imuno-histoquimicamente e reclassificados como carcinomas (colangiocarcinomas [n=36], carcinomas hepatocelulares [n=9] e hepatocolangiocarcinoma [n=1] e sarcomas (hemangiossarcomas [n=5]. Dos cães com colangiocarcinomas e carcinomas hepatocelulares em que a idade estava disponível nos protocolos, 64,7% e 77,8% eram idosos, respectivamente. Na necropsia, colangiocarcinomas caracterizaram-se principalmente por ocorrerem em um padrão multinodular (83,3%, enquanto carcinomas hepatocelulares ocorreram tanto de forma massiva (44,4% quanto nodular (44,4%. Metástases extra-hepáticas foram vistas em 77,8% e 33,3% dos casos de colangiocarcinomas e carcinomas hepatocelulares, respectivamente, e em relação aos colangiocarcinomas afetaram principalmente pulmões (52,8%, linfonodos (50% e peritônio (19,4%. Ascite (22,2% e icterícia (22,2% foram achados associados ocasionalmente com ambos os tumores. Na histologia, a maior parte dos colangiocarcinomas (86,1% e dos carcinomas hepatocelulares (55,6% tinha padrão tubular e trabecular, respectivamente. Na imuno-histoquímica, a maioria (63,9% dos colangiocarcinomas demonstrou imunomarcação para CK7 e nenhum imunomarcou para Hep Par 1. A maioria (55,6% dos carcinomas hepatocelulares demonstrou imunomarcação para Hep Par 1 e nenhum imunomarcou para CK7. Os resultados aqui apresentados demonstram uma altíssima prevalência de THMP, principalmente colangiocarcinomas, e servem para auxiliar, através dos

  8. 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. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Systematic review of vestibular disorders related to human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.

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    Heinze, B; Swanepoel, D W; Hofmeyr, L M

    2011-09-01

    Disorders of the auditory and vestibular system are often associated with human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. However, the extent and nature of these vestibular manifestations are unclear. To systematically review the current peer-reviewed literature on vestibular manifestations and pathology related to human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.