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Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology

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Abstract

CUSIN, Flavia Salvaterra et al. Balance Rehabilitation Unit (BRUTM) posturography in Menière's disease. Braz. j. otorhinolaryngol. (Impr.) [online]. 2010, vol.76, n.5, pp. 611-617. ISSN 1808-8694.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1808-86942010000500013.

Posturography has been used in the evaluation of patients with vestibular disorders. AIM: To evaluate balance control with the Balance Rehabilitation Unit (BRUTM) posturography in patients with Menière's disease. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective case-control. MATERIAL AND METHOD: 30 patients diagnosed with Menière's disease and a control group consisting of 40 healthy matching individuals in relation to age and gender, were submitted to a balance function evaluation by means of a Balance Rehabilitation Unit (BRUTM) posturography. RESULTS: Comparing patients with Menière's disease and the control group, we found significant differences between the values of the sway speed in the static force plate, down optokinetic stimulation (p=0.038) and horizontal visual vestibular interaction (p=0.049); and of the ellipse area in the static force plate, eyes closed (p=0.001); left optokinetic stimulation (p=0.007); down optokinetic stimulation (p=0.003); horizontal visual vestibular interaction (p=0.003); and vertical visual vestibular interaction (p=0.028). CONCLUSION: The postural control assessment with the Balance Rehabilitation Unit (BRUTM) posturography enables the identification of sway speed and ellipse area abnormalities in patients with Menière's disease.

Keywords : vestibular function tests; meniere's disease; ear; dizziness; inner.

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