Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
Print version ISSN 1808-8694
KASSE, Cristiane Akemi et al. Results from the Balance Rehabilitation Unit in Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. Braz. j. otorhinolaryngol. (Impr.) [online]. 2010, vol.76, n.5, pp. 623-629. ISSN 1808-8694. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1808-86942010000500015.
Posturography is a useful new tool to study the influence of vestibular diseases on balance. AIM: to compare the results from the Balance Rehabilitation Unit (BRU) static posturography in elderly patients with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), before and after Epley's maneuver. MATERIALS AND METHODS: a prospective study of 20 elderly patients with a diagnosis of BPPV. The patients underwent static posturography and the limit of stability (LE) and ellipse area were measured. We also applied the Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI) questionnaire to study treatment effectiveness. RESULTS: 80% were females, with a mean age of 68.15 years. After the maneuver, the LE increased significantly (p=0.001). The elliptical area of somatosensory, visual and vestibular conflicts (2,7,8,9 situations) in BRU and the DHI scores decreased significantly (p<0.05) after treatment. CONCLUSION: the study suggests that elderly patients with BPPV may present static postural control impairment and that the maneuver is effective for the remission of symptoms, to increase in the stability and improvement in postural control in situations of visual, somatosensory and vestibular conflicts.
Keywords : aged; posture; vertigo.