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Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2009 May;1164:427-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2008.03721.x.

Long-term follow-up of vestibular neuritis.

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Department of Orthopedics, Radiology and Otolaryngology, University of Siena, School of Medicine, Siena, Italy.


The long-term outcome of vestibular neuritis was evaluated in 35 patients using 4 bedside tests (head impulse, head heave, head shake, vibration), the caloric test and two surveys that explored the degree of disability (Dizziness Handicap Inventory [DHI]) and the anxiety and depression levels (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale [HADS]). Sixty-six percent of patients showed a positive bedside clinical test or calorics abnormalities. DHI scores were significantly higher in the patients group, while HADS scores were comparable between patients and controls. Disability from vestibular neuritis is primarily due to the vestibular disturbance itself, rather than purely psychological factors.

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