Neurogenic vestibular evoked potentials in the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis

Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, M. Pantzaris, E. Zamba-Papanicolaou, T. Kyriakides, K. A. Kleopa, I. Iliopoulos, C. Piperidou, S. Papacostas

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Abstract

Objectives: To determine the value of neurogenic vesibular evoked potential (NVESTEP) studies in comparison with other paraclinical tests in demonstrating dissemination in time and space in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and in identifying clinically silent lesions. Method: All patients in whom MS was suspected but the diagnosis of MS was not possible based on the McDonald criteria were included in this study. We studied 14 patients and performed visual, brainstem auditory, somatosensory and neurogenic vestibular evoked potentials in all patients, together with MRI and CSF analysis of oligoclonal bands (OB). Results: Two out of the thirteen patients could be moved from the category of "possible MS" to "MS" using the McDonald criteria based on an abnormal NVESTEP result. Conclusion: Neurogenic vestibular evoked potentials are potentially useful in identifying clinically silent lesions in patients with possible MS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-317
Number of pages5
JournalElectromyography and Clinical Neurophysiology
Volume44
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2004

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    Papathanasiou, E. S., Pantzaris, M., Zamba-Papanicolaou, E., Kyriakides, T., Kleopa, K. A., Iliopoulos, I., Piperidou, C., & Papacostas, S. (2004). Neurogenic vestibular evoked potentials in the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Electromyography and Clinical Neurophysiology, 44(5), 313-317.