Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Inner Ear Infection Underlying Cause

Labyrinthitis is caused by inflammation of the labyrinth, located in the middle ear. One of the structures that make up the labyrinth includes the semicircular canals. These structures control normal balance and position sense. The inflammation causes the semicircular canals 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.

In most cases of labyrinthitis, the cause of the inflammation is unknown.

Causes of labyrinthitis may include:

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Last Updated: Feb 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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