Vestibulary rehabilitation - election treatment method for compensating vestibular impairment

Vol. 53 No. 3 Suppl., 2012
This supplement was not sponsored by Outside Organizations.


Madalina Georgescu, Sorina Stoian, Carmen Aurelia Mogoanta, Gh. V. Ciubotaru

Objective: This paper aims to reveal the actual benefit of vestibular rehabilitation (VR) in patients with unilateral vestibular loss. Patient and Methods: Case report of a young female patient with acute unilateral vestibular loss due to facial nerve schwannoma developed above the internal auditory canal (IAC) from where it seems to have entered the IAC. Betahistine associated to VR treatment was recommended due to persisting imbalance after tumor removal. The benefit of the combined therapy was evaluated objectively (sensory organization test) and subjectively (questionnaires regarding self-perception of the deficit in quality of life). Results: Both evaluations revealed great improvement in stability (SOT scores) as well as in health-related quality of life (HRQoL) - improvement of self-perception scores of disequilibrium in all questionnaires used. Conclusions: Combined recommended treatment (betahistine and VR) improves HRQoL after acute unilateral vestibular loss. It reduces self-perceived disability and intensity of symptoms during usual activities.

Corresponding author: Madalina Georgescu, MD; e-mail:

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M. Raica

Cells of Hensen of the internal ear are known from more than 100 years and investigations on their function(s) are still waiting for an answer. They were first described by the German scientist from Kiel, Christian Andreas Victor Hensen. This short historical review gives some details about the life, scientific activity and perspectives opened by the work of Victor Hensen.

Corresponding author: Marius Raica, Professor, MD, PhD; e-mail:

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