Diagnosis and Treatment of Vestibular Neuritis/Neuronitis or Peripheral Vestibulopathy (PVP)? Open Questions and Possible Answers

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Abstract

The acute vestibular syndrome is a clinically defined entity consisting of vertigo or dizziness that develops acutely over minutes to hours and is accompanied by nausea/vomiting, gait instability, head motion intolerance, and nystagmus, while persisting over a day or more. When it is caused by a peripheral vestibular lesion and is not associated with clinically manifest auditory deficits, it is mostly labeled vestibular neuritis/neuronitis/neuropathy or sometimes peripheral vestibulopathy. Here, we propose hypotheses and discuss current research advances on viral or vascular factors in the pathogenesis, the recurrence, the site of lesion, old and new treatment options, contraindicated measures, the differential diagnosis, and the prognosis of vestibular neuritis/neuronitis/neuropathy or vestibulopathy. Possibly, other structures than the vestibular nerve are also involved in the pathogenetic process and the label peripheral vestibulopathy would be more apt.

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