Role of computerized dynamic posturography in evaluating sinugenic vertigo

Haim Gavriel*, Nathan Shlamkovitch, Alex Kessler, Ephraim Eviatar

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Objectives: Vertigo associated with rhinosinusitis has seldom been reported, and the pathophysiologic mechanism is still vague. Our aim was to evaluate sinugenic vertigo with computerized dynamic posturography (CDP) and suggest a possible pathophysiologic mechanism. Methods: We conducted a prospective study of 16 patients with a clinical and radiologic diagnosis of rhinosinusitis made between January 2007 and December 2008. All patients underwent CDP on the first 2 days after diagnosis. Patients with abnormal CDP results and/or complaints of vertigo underwent follow-up CDP when healthy. Results: Five patients complained of a new onset of vertigo. The CDP demonstrated a combined disorder in 3 of them, even though the vestibular signs were intact. On follow-up examination, all 3 patients were asymptomatic, and the follow-up CDP values were normal. Conclusions: We report a surprising 20% prevalence of sinugenic vertigo associated with abnormal results on CDP. Our results might possibly indicate that the somatosensory system of the paranasal sinuses plays a major role in the pathophysiologic mechanism of sinugenic vertigo.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-268
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • Dynamic posturography
  • Rhinosinusitis
  • Vertigo


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