Issue N# 1 - 2005
Bilateral vestibular loss after caloric irrigation: Clinical application of vestibular rehabilitation
Authors : R. S. Bittar, M. E. B. Pedalini, J. R. O. Ramalho, C. G. Carneiro (São Paulo)
Ref. : Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol. 2005;126,1:3-6.
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Bilateral vestibular loss is a rare diagnosis among patients with dizziness and imbalance. Nevertheless, symptoms are often disabling and therapy has yet to be established. Aim: To evaluate and describe the clinical outcome of patients with imbalance due to bilateral vestibular loss after a caloric test treated with vestibular rehabilitation. Study design: Retrospective case report. Method: Pre- and post-treatment outcomes were evaluated in 8 individuals suffering from post-caloric bilateral vestibular paresis who were submitted to vestibular rehabilitation. Results: Clinical improvement after vestibular rehabilitation was observed in 7 (87.5%) of the 8 patients. Conclusion: Although complete compensation for bilateral vestibular loss is not expected, vestibular rehabilitation may be used as a therapeutic method in these patients.
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