Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Acute Vestibular Neuronitis Underlying Cause

Most cases of vestibular neuronitis are caused by viral infections that cause inflammation of the middle ear. The inflammation causes the nerve to send false signals to the brain that do not match signals coming from the eyes and rest of the body. The mismatch results in vertigo.

Additional causes of vestibular neuronitis include:

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Last Updated: Jul 2, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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