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Revista Brasileira de Otorrinolaringologia

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FONSECA, Adriano Santana  and  DAVIDSOHN, Silvia Angeleri Valente. Correlation between dizziness and impaired glucose metabolism. Rev. Bras. Otorrinolaringol. [online]. 2006, vol.72, n.3, pp.367-369. ISSN 0034-7299.

INTRODUCTION: Impaired glucose metabolism is characterized by conditions of hypo and hyperglycemia. AIM: The objective of the present study was to asses whether or not there is a relationship between impaired glucose metabolism and dizziness. In the clinical laboratory settings, patients were examined using vectoelectronystagmography in association with glycemic levels. METHODS: 33 patients were divided in 3 groups: diabetics; patients with dizziness and a control group. RESULTS: 65% of the patients with dizziness showed impaired glucose metabolism. 40% of the patients with dizziness had alterations in their vectoelectronystagmography results. CONCLUSION: Dizziness is a good indicator of glucose metabolism alterations and these may be a good indicator of alterations in vectoelectronystagmography responses. The study of glycemic levels after glucose overexposure is a good prognosis factor to evaluate dizziness and shows the same results as insulin level studies after glucose overexposure.

Keywords : diabetes mellitus; sensorioneural hearing loss; vectoelectronystagmography; vertigo; tinnitus.

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