Vestibular Nuclei: We Hardly Knew Ye!

Vestibular specialists use caloric irrigation as a test of labyrinthine (particularly horizontal semicircular canal) sensitivity. The results have historically been used to make judgments about the functional status of an entire labyrinth. More recent test modalities have shown that many of those assumptions were incorrect. Rotational chair and vHIT testing have taught us that an…

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The Accidental Discovery of Caloric Testing

  Caloric testing has been a standard part of the test battery for dizziness and vertigo for more than fifty years. Although newer technology and techniques are gradually making us less dependent on the information produced by caloric testing, it still remains a commonly performed procedure. Here is a simple explanation of the test: the…

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