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The interpretation of clinical tests of peripheral vestibular function†
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
Copyright © 2012 The American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc.
Volume 122, Issue 6, pages 1342–1352, June 2012
How to Cite
Curthoys, I. S. (2012), The interpretation of clinical tests of peripheral vestibular function. The Laryngoscope, 122: 1342–1352. doi: 10.1002/lary.23258
- Issue published online: 1 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 JAN 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 5 JAN 2012
- Manuscript Received: 26 SEP 2011
- National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia
- Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation
- bone conduction;
- ocular vestibular evoked myogenic potential;
Recently, new clinical tests of canal and otolith function have been introduced. They rest on sound anatomical and physiological evidence; however, the interpretation of the results of these tests has only recently been clarified. This review summarizes the anatomical and physiological evidence underpinning the tests of both canal and otolith function to provide a full picture of the interpretation of the tests, which allow the clinician to assess the status of the peripheral vestibular function of a patient—all six canals and four otoliths. The present review does not document all the minute details associated with each test, but provides an overview of the interpretation of properly presented tests and shows typical response profiles of patients with various types of vestibular loss, based on published anatomical, physiological, and clinical evidence.