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Dizziness of suspected cervical origin distinguished by posturographic assessment of human postural dynamics.
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PMID:  8719508     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Useful clinical tests are lacking for the controversial entity "cervical vertigo". In earlier studies patients assumed to suffer from cervical vertigo or dizziness manifested disturbed postural control as compared to healthy subjects, but were hard to distinguish from patients with other balance disorders. Using posturography in which stance was perturbed by a vibratory stimulus applied towards the calf muscles, we studied 16 consecutive patients with recent onset of neck pain and concomitant complaints of vertigo or dizziness, but normal findings at otoneurological examination and electronystagmography; 18 patients with recent vestibular neuritis; and 17 healthy subjects. We performed system identification of a model of the control of upright human stance, using the vibratory stimulus as input and the recorded body sway as output. According to values for the three normalized parameters of the transfer function of the model (i.e., swiftness, stiffness, and damping), cervical vertigo patients were distinguished both from healthy subjects (P < 0.001), and from vestibular neuritis patients (P < 0.001). It was also possible to distinguish the vestibular neuritis group from the group of healthy subjects (P < 0.01). The results show disturbed postural control in patients with cervical vertigo to differ from that in patients with recent vestibular neuritis, and indicate posturographic assessment of human posture dynamics to be a possible future tool for use in diagnosing cervical vertigo.
M Karlberg; R Johansson; M Magnusson; P A Fransson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of vestibular research : equilibrium & orientation     Volume:  6     ISSN:  0957-4271     ISO Abbreviation:  J Vestib Res     Publication Date:    1996 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-10-11     Completed Date:  1996-10-11     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9104163     Medline TA:  J Vestib Res     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  37-47     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Department of Oto-rhino-laryngology, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Dizziness / diagnosis*,  etiology,  physiopathology
Middle Aged
Neck* / physiopathology
Neuritis / diagnosis*,  etiology
Pain / complications,  physiopathology
Vertigo / diagnosis*,  etiology
Vestibular Function Tests
Vestibular Nerve / pathology*

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