Gacek, Richard R

Evidence for a viral neuropathy in recurrent vertigo. Journal Article

ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec, 70 , pp. 6-14; discussion 14-5, 2008, ISSN: 1423-0275.

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Abstract

The concept that reactivation of latent neurotropic viruses (i.e. Herpesviridae group) in the vestibular ganglion is responsible for recurrent vestibulopathies is presented. A similar histopathologic degeneration of vestibular ganglion cells in vestibular neuronitis (VN), M'eni`eretextquoterights disease and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is presented to support this concept. The clinical response (relief of vertigo) to the administration of antiviral medication in these syndromes provides practical evidence of a viral neuropathy in patients with recurrent vertigo. Relief of vertigo after this treatment was 90% in VN, M'eni`eretextquoterights disease and VN. The relief of positional vertigo (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) was 66%.