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Bárány’s Test Battery and the First Description of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

Robert W. Baloh

in Vertigo

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Published in print October 2016 | ISBN: 9780190600129
Published online November 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190600150 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780190600129.003.0011
Bárány’s Test Battery and the First Description of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

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Robert Bárány developed an extensive battery of clinical tests of the vestibular system, most of which he outlined in his 1907 book on the physiology and pathology of the vestibular system. The basic concepts of his examination were to use the oculomotor responses (nystagmus) and postural responses (balance and past-pointing) to determine the functional status of the inner ear. Most of his work on the vestibular system was published in Vienna prior to his move to Uppsala, Sweden, after World War I. In Uppsala, he described several surgical techniques, including an operation to produce a fistula in the wall of the horizontal semicircular canal to improve hearing in patients with otosclerosis. Probably the most important article he wrote while in Uppsala was a paper published in 1921 describing a young woman with positional vertigo and nystagmus. This was the first detailed description of nystagmus associated with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.

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