Vestibular neuronitis in children: Study of medium and long term follow- up

G. Taborelli, A. Melagrana, R. D'Agostino, V. Tarantino, M. G. Calevo

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Twenty-one children (seven males, 14 females; age range 5-15 years) affected by unilateral vestibular neuronitis were followed-up for 5 years. In 47.7% of cases (ten children), vestibular neuronitis followed upper respiratory tract viral infection. Subjective and associated symptoms disappeared completely after 1 year, positional and positioning nystagmus and unilateral canal paresis after 2 years, except for 5 and 14% of cases, respectively. The most interesting results concerning prognosis were obtained comparing the maximum speeds of the slow components (MAX SSCs) of affected and healthy sides in the different follow-up periods. Statistically significant differences were found in the first year (P <0.0001 in the first week, P <0.01 at 3 months, P <0.04 at 1 year), while at 2 years differences were no longer significant (P = n.s.). In addition, the complete recovery of labyrinthine function was proportional (P = n.s.) to the disappearance of subjective and associated symptoms and of positional and positioning nystagmus until 1 year from onset of vestibular neuronitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-121
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 31 2000


  • Canal paresis
  • Positional and positioning nystagmus
  • Prognosis
  • Subjective symptoms
  • Vestibular neuronitis in children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgery

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