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Vestibular Neuritis Overview

Another name for Vestibular Neuritis is Vestibular Neuronitis.

What is vestibular neuronitis?
A person with vestibular neuronitis has inflammation of the vestibular nerve. The vestibular nerve sends information to the brain about the movement and position of the head. Causes of vestibular neuronitis include a viral infection, head injury, or ear surgery.

What are the symptoms of vestibular neuronitis?
The most common symptom of vestibular neuronitis is vertigo, which is a sensation that the room is spinning. Additional symptoms of vestibular neuronitis include nausea, vomiting, and poor balance.

How does the doctor treat vestibular neuronitis?
Treatment for vestibular neuronitis may include bed rest, avoiding sudden changes in position, and medication.

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Last Updated: Mar 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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