Parameters of skull vibration-induced nystagmus in normal subjects

Parameters of skull vibration-induced nystagmus in normal subjects Hypothesis The knowledge of vibration-induced nystagmus test (SVINT) values in the normal population is highly relevant to provide a rapid orientation on the diagnosis attitude in a patient with vertigo. Background Although mastoid bone vibration should only induce nystagmus in the presence of vestibular asymmetry, it has also been reported in normal individuals raising doubts as to how to interpret the SVINT. To date, no population studies involving the use of the SVINT and that establish normative values have been published. Methods This study was carried out at two tertiary healthcare centres on a total of 122 subjects. We stimulated at three fre- quencies (30, 60 and 100 Hz), in increasing order, first stimulating the right mastoid and then the left mastoid, and waiting for 30 s between each stimulus. The response was recorded with a videonystagmography system. The following variables were evaluated in each subject: the mean and maximum speed of the slow phase of nystagmus, the frequency of the nystagmatic response (NR) and the component and direction of the rapid phase of nystagmus. Results Only 26 subjects (20.5%) of the subjects studied here (122 subjects) developed any kind of nystagmatic response and 96 subjects (79.5%) did not display any http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology Springer Journals

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2018 by Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Otorhinolaryngology; Neurosurgery; Head and Neck Surgery
ISSN
0937-4477
eISSN
1434-4726
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00405-018-5020-6
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Abstract

Hypothesis The knowledge of vibration-induced nystagmus test (SVINT) values in the normal population is highly relevant to provide a rapid orientation on the diagnosis attitude in a patient with vertigo. Background Although mastoid bone vibration should only induce nystagmus in the presence of vestibular asymmetry, it has also been reported in normal individuals raising doubts as to how to interpret the SVINT. To date, no population studies involving the use of the SVINT and that establish normative values have been published. Methods This study was carried out at two tertiary healthcare centres on a total of 122 subjects. We stimulated at three fre- quencies (30, 60 and 100 Hz), in increasing order, first stimulating the right mastoid and then the left mastoid, and waiting for 30 s between each stimulus. The response was recorded with a videonystagmography system. The following variables were evaluated in each subject: the mean and maximum speed of the slow phase of nystagmus, the frequency of the nystagmatic response (NR) and the component and direction of the rapid phase of nystagmus. Results Only 26 subjects (20.5%) of the subjects studied here (122 subjects) developed any kind of nystagmatic response and 96 subjects (79.5%) did not display any

Journal

European Archives of Oto-Rhino-LaryngologySpringer Journals

Published: Jun 1, 2018

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