Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Labyrinthitis Evaluation

The evaluation of labyrinthitis begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with labyrinthitis may include:

The diagnosis of is usually made without testing.

Tests that may be used to evaluate labyrinthitis include:
  • Audiogram
  • Auditory evoked potentials
  • Caloric stimulation testing:
    • Warm and cold water is introduced into the ear canal
    • Should trigger rapid side-to-side eye movements
    • Eye movements should be similar on both sides to be normal

Additional tests that may be used to evaluate labyrinthitis include:

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Last Updated: Dec 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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