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The Role of Vestibular Laboratory Testing 

The Role of Vestibular Laboratory Testing
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The Role of Vestibular Laboratory Testing
Author(s):

Neil Shepard

, Kristen Janky

, and Scott Eggers

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199608997.003.0014
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date: 08 December 2019

Laboratory vestibular and balance studies have expanded significantly in the last 2 decades. The questions become, “What is the utility of using particular tests, and which ones are needed for a specific patient with dizziness and imbalance?” This chapter will address these questions by reviewing what tests are currently available in both a routine clinic and in an advanced, sub-specialized clinic setting. The principal purpose for each evaluation tool and assessment of its performance in accomplishing that task will be discussed. Specific case studies will be used to punctuate the discussion, showing the combined utility of the laboratory testing in the context of a thorough office examination and detailed neurotologic history of the presenting symptoms.

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