Cognitive impairment in Vestibular dysfunction

Author : M Rama Krishna, Mallaya, Kumar Sai Sailesh, Arati Amin, Soumya Mishra, Udaya Kumar Reddy, Mukkadan J K

The present study was undertaken to observe spatial and verbal memory scores in elderly women with vertigo. 20 elderly femalesí age of 50-55 years old and vertigo for past 5 years were recruited for the study after written informed consent by convenient sampling. 20 ages matched elderly females without vertigo were selected as control group. Spatial and verbal memory test and MMSE was used to assess cognitive functions. Significant decline in spatial, verbal memory and MMSE scores was observed in vertigo patients when compared with control group. We conclude that, vestibular dysfunction has negative impact on cognitive functions. So, we recommend the clinicians to consider cognitive impairment also while treating vertigo.

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