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Compend Contin Educ Vet. 2012 Jul;34(7):E1.

Vestibular disease: anatomy, physiology, and clinical signs.

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Davies Veterinary Specialists, Higham Gobion, Hertfordshire, UK.

Abstract

The vestibular system is responsible for keeping an animal oriented with respect to gravity. It is a sensory system that maintains the position of the eyes, body, and limbs in reference to the position of the head. Proper interpretation of neurologic deficits and precise neuroanatomic localization are essential to diagnose and prognosticate the underlying disorder. Neurologic examination can confirm whether the vestibular dysfunction is of peripheral or central nervous system origin. Idiopathic vestibular syndrome is the most common cause of peripheral vestibular disease in dogs and, despite its dramatic clinical presentation, can improve without intervention. Central vestibular diseases generally have a poorer prognosis.

PMID:
22847320
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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