What is a stroke differentiated from vestibular neuronitis?

Updated: Mar 13, 2017
  • Author: Hesham M Samy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Robert A Egan, MD  more...
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This potentially life-threatening event must be differentiated from vestibular neuronitis. A key difference between these 2 entities is that patients experiencing cerebellar strokes are unable to ambulate without support during the acute vertigo phase. About one half of patients have other features of bulbar or long tract involvement, which make the diagnosis of stroke clear.


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