Validity of cold irrigation test (CIT) used in tertiary care for diagnosing vestibular dysfunction.

Ramesh, Menon U (2008) Validity of cold irrigation test (CIT) used in tertiary care for diagnosing vestibular dysfunction. Masters thesis, Christian Medical College, Vellore.

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Abstract

Disorders of balance cause the patient to present in different clinics like ENT, cardiology, neurology and geriatric medicine, and thus different specialities develop different protocols for evaluation and treatment in their own areas of expertise. Thus focused ways of treatment while having some advantages often cause doctors to overlook signs and symptoms other than their own speciality and further causes problems like unnecessary expensive investigations being done. This puts a strain on the patient’s scarce resources in developing countries and also burdens health care systems in developed countries that have to bear the cost of repeated referrals and expensive investigations often with no clear diagnosis. In tertiary care, all patients with giddiness should be screened with the questionnaire and those identified as symptomatics require Bithermal caloric testing to identify the site and side of the lesion before specific treatment is started. The use of cold caloric test as a screening test should be discontinued forthwith.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: cold irrigation test; tertiary care; vestibular dysfunction
Subjects: MEDICAL > Otolaryngology
Depositing User: Devi S
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2017 10:10
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2017 10:10
URI: http://repository-tnmgrmu.ac.in/id/eprint/1456

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