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Why doesn't vertigo occur with ototoxic drugs or with acoustic neuromas?

ototoxic drugs will affect the vestibular system in both ears, so you don't have the imbalance necessary to cause vertigo

acoustic neuromas can affect only one ear or both, but they grow so slowly that the vestibular system adapts


It is helpful to determine if the vertigo is central or peripheral. What are some associated features of peripheral vertigo?

tinnitus or hearing loss

usually nausea and vomiting are more associated with peripheral, but can be both


What are some associated features of central vertigo?

other brainstem dysfunction like diplopia, dysarthria, dysphagia, etc.

impaired ability to walk or maintain posture is more likely with central, but can be both


How can the nature of the nystagmus help you determine peripheral vs. central vertigo?

vertical and direction-changing gaze-evoked nystagmus suggest central

unidirectional nystagmus can arise from either


What should be on the differential for vertigo?

1. vestibular neuronitis (acute unilateral peripheral vestibulopathy)
2. Layrinthine concussion
3. Vestibular migraine
4. Infarction of the labyrinth, brainstem or cerebellum (wil have additional neurological findins)
5. meniere disease
6. perilymph fistula
7. benign positional paroxysmal vertigo


True or false: there isn't actually any inflammation involved in vestibular neuronitis.

true - it's a misnomer


What is the time course for vestibular neuronitis?

gradually worsens over minutes to hours and symptoms peak within 24 hours and then improve gradually over several days or weeks. complete recovery may not occur fo rmonths


True or false: labyrinthine concussion requires a skull fracture.

false - can occur from head injury irrespective of whether there is an associated skull fracture


Blood supply to the central and peripheral vestibular appratus is via what system?

vertebrobasilar system (posterior and anterior inferior cerebellar arteries and the superior cerebellar artery)


Describe a typical presentation of meniere's.

episodic vertigo with n/v, fluctuating and progressive hearing loss (requires audiology for diagnosis), tinnitus and a sensation of fullness or pressure in the ear


What is the cause of meniere's?

an intermittent increase in endolymphatic volume (probably a sodium channel issue)


Describe the presentation for a perilymph fistula.

patients typically hear a "pop" at the time of a sudden increase in middle ear pressure with sneezing, nose-blowing, coughing, or straining, followed by an abrupt onset of vertigo


Describe the typical presentation for benign positional paroxysmal vertigo.

intermittent attacks of vertigo lasting seconds to minutes, starting after a few seconds' latency following position changes like turning over in bed or looking upward

nausea and vomiting may occur

attacks typically occur in clusters with patients remaining asymptomatic for months or years in between


BPPV results from freely moving crystals of calcium carbonate within the semicircular canals. Which canal do they usually settle in?

the posteripr


How do you diagnose BPPV?

Dix-Hallpike test: patient's head is turned 45 degrees to one side and then extended 30 degrees over the back of the bed. physician then looks for a rotary and vertical nystagmus

the offending ear will be facing the ground when the test is positive


How can BPPV be treated acutely?

the Epley maneuver: put them in the ending position of the Dix-Hallpike test with the offending ear pointing down (45%). Then have them turn their head 90% degrees towrad the opposite side. Then rotate their hips toward that side so their head rotates an additional 90 degrees. then sit them up.


There are many causes of syncope - in general, what are the two neurologically-mediated causes?

neurogenic syncope (reflexive syncope)
autonomic failure


Neurogenic syncope is mediated through what nerve?

the vagus nerve

it's an acute hemodynamic reaction produced by a sudden change in the activity of the autonomic nervous system with a reflex triggered by excessive afferent discharges from the aterial or visceral mechanoreceptors with afferent impulses via the vagus nerve leading to cardioinhibition and vasodepression


What are some potential causes of autonomic failure?

spinal cord injury, MSA, Parkinson disease, diabetic autonomic neuropathy