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November 1970

Posttraumatic Dizziness: Vestibular, Audiologic, and Medicolegal Aspects

Author Affiliations

From the Neurosensory Division (Drs. Toglia and Ronis) and the Section of Audiology (Dr. Rosenberg), Temple University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, Philadelphia.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1970;92(5):485-492. doi:10.1001/archotol.1970.04310050067010

Careful and thorough examination of vestibular and auditory functions in patients with craniocervical trauma has become increasingly important due to the large number of these complaints and the rather substantial percentage of patients who seek financial compensation through the courts, It has been our experience that patients complaining of dizziness and related disorders following a closed-head injury or a whiplash injury usually have verifiable physiologic explanations for their symptomatology. Few of these patients show normal electronystagmographic (ENG) or audiologic examinations. Few of these patients demonstrate symptoms based solely upon emotional or psychological factors. The majority of complaints are the result of demonstrable physiologic pathological findings of the auditory and vestibular systems.

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