What causes vestibular neuronitis?

Updated: Jul 16, 2018
  • Author: Keith A Marill, MD; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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Viral infection of the vestibular nerve and/or labyrinth is believed to be the most common cause of vestibular neuronitis.

Acute localized ischemia of these structures also may be an important cause.

Especially in children, vestibular neuritis may be preceded by symptoms of a common cold. However, the causative mechanism remains uncertain.


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