Videobasierter Kopfimpulstest: Bedeutung für die Routinediagnostik von Schwindelerkrankungen

Translated title of the contribution: Video-based head impulse test: Importance for routine diagnostics of patients with vertigo

B. Machner*, A. Sprenger, H. Füllgraf, P. Trillenberg, C. Helmchen

*Corresponding author for this work
9 Citations (Scopus)


Dizziness is one of the most common complaints in Germany which leads to medical consultation. Diagnosis is based on patient history, clinical examination and laboratory tests. In order to find or exclude a vestibular lesion, methods such as caloric irrigation, rotational chair tests or vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials were previously applied. Recently, a new diagnostic tool has been made available for application in daily practice: the video head impulse test (vHIT). Due to the easy and fast application for the examiner, good tolerance by the patient and high sensitivity for vestibular lesions, the vHIT has the potential to improve the diagnosis and therapy of patients suffering from vertigo in widespread medical care in Germany. This article reports on experiences with this new method after examination of over1,500 patients in the academic vertigo centre in Lübeck. The principles and application of the vHIT in daily clinical routine are described and the many advantages but also some pitfalls are highlighted. As a consequence of a wider clinical use it is expected that the vHIT will lead to an increased detection of vestibular dysfunctions not only in clinically suspected vestibular diseases but also in other common neurological diseases (e.g. polyneuropathy or cerebellar ataxia). This may change the prevalence of different vestibular diseases, broaden knowledge about other common diseases with gait imbalance as the leading symptom and provide a quantitative measure that can be used to longitudinally assess the effects of therapeutic interventions.

Translated title of the contributionVideo-based head impulse test: Importance for routine diagnostics of patients with vertigo
Original languageGerman
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)975-983
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 01.08.2013


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