Blast exposure: Vestibular consequences and associated characteristics

Michael E Hoffer, Carey Balaban, Kim Gottshall, Ben J. Balough, Michael R. Maddox, Joseph R. Penta

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Abstract

Objective: To characterize vestibular and related symptoms seen after blast exposure. Study Design: Prospective single-subject design. Settings: Tertiary care facility and military field hospital. Patients: Active-duty US Military personnel exposed to blast(s) in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. InterventionS: Vestibular function tests, auditory tests, and a structured history and physical examination. Results: Blast exposure induced vestibular disorders, and related symptoms are significantly different than those seen in blunt head trauma. The vestibular characteristics and objective tests of vestibular function significantly worsen in blast-exposed patients as a function of time between injury and presentation. Conclusion: Blast exposure produces a unique set of vestibular disorders and associated symptoms that progress over time. Understanding the characteristics of these symptoms as they vary over time may be critical in designing treatment strategies that modify long-term outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-236
Number of pages5
JournalOtology and Neurotology
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Headaches
  • Hearing loss
  • Mild traumatic brain injury
  • Posttraumatic stress disorders
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Vestibular disorders
  • Vestibular function tests

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Medicine(all)

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Hoffer, M. E., Balaban, C., Gottshall, K., Balough, B. J., Maddox, M. R., & Penta, J. R. (2010). Blast exposure: Vestibular consequences and associated characteristics. Otology and Neurotology, 31(2), 232-236. https://doi.org/10.1097/MAO.0b013e3181c993c3

Blast exposure : Vestibular consequences and associated characteristics. / Hoffer, Michael E; Balaban, Carey; Gottshall, Kim; Balough, Ben J.; Maddox, Michael R.; Penta, Joseph R.

In: Otology and Neurotology, Vol. 31, No. 2, 02.2010, p. 232-236.

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Hoffer, ME, Balaban, C, Gottshall, K, Balough, BJ, Maddox, MR & Penta, JR 2010, 'Blast exposure: Vestibular consequences and associated characteristics', Otology and Neurotology, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 232-236. https://doi.org/10.1097/MAO.0b013e3181c993c3
Hoffer, Michael E ; Balaban, Carey ; Gottshall, Kim ; Balough, Ben J. ; Maddox, Michael R. ; Penta, Joseph R. / Blast exposure : Vestibular consequences and associated characteristics. In: Otology and Neurotology. 2010 ; Vol. 31, No. 2. pp. 232-236.
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