Authors Camilla Tunes and Irene Flønes contributed equally to this work.
Pre- and post-operative dizziness and postural instability in temporal arachnoid cyst patients
Article first published online: 1 OCT 2013
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Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
Volume 129, Issue 5, pages 335–342, May 2014
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Pre- and post-operative dizziness and postural instability in temporal arachnoid cyst patients. Acta Neurol Scand 2014: 129: 335–342. © 2013 The Authors Acta Neurologica Scandinavica Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd., , , , , .
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- Issue published online: 5 APR 2014
- Article first published online: 1 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 AUG 2013
- Health Region West. Grant Numbers: 911065, 911475
- intracranial arachnoid cysts;
- postural balance;
Arachnoid cysts (AC) are benign, congenital malformations of the leptomeninges, with a predilection for the temporal fossa. In our clinical experience, patients with temporal AC often complain of dizziness and imbalance. However, these symptoms and the effect of surgery on them have not been studied before.
Materials and methods
Dizziness and imbalance in patients with temporal AC were quantified before and after surgical cyst decompression, using the Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI), Vertigo Symptom Scale – Short-Form (VSS-SF) and computerized dynamic posturography (CDP). The study includes 16 patients with temporal AC and 15 control subjects undergoing surgery for benign lesions of the larynx (n = 10) or the parotid glands (n = 5). All participants answered the DHI and VSS-SF and underwent CDP the day before and 3–6 months after surgery. The patients with AC also graded their dizziness through the use of a visual analogue scale (VAS).
Preoperatively, cyst patients scored higher than controls on subjective symptoms (DHI, VSS-SF A and VSS-SF V), but not on postural sway (CDP). Symptom scores decreased after surgery; the cyst patients improved significantly in the subjective tests (DHI, VAS and VSS-SF), while CDP scores did not. In the controls, symptom and CDP scores were unchanged after surgery.
Patients with temporal AC have a significant preoperative impairment and post-operative improvement in their subjective dizziness, but not in postural sway as measured by CDP.