What is vestibular neuritis (labyrinthitis)?

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Eric E. Smouha, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)

Labyrinthitis is an acute inner ear infection that causes vertigo of sudden onset. The condition can be frightening, but is usually self-limited. Labyrinthitis needs to be differentiated from other more serious disorders, including acoustic neuroma. Early diagnosis and treatment of labyrinthitis almost always leads to a favorable outcome.

Labyrinthitis occurs when an organ in the inner ear, call the vestibular labyrinth, becomes swollen or inflamed. This can cause other physical problems because the vestibular labyrinth is responsible for your ability to balance, as well as your awareness of your head's position. You may experience dizziness or vertigo, which is the feeling that you are moving even when you are not. Labyrinthitis can also lead to nausea, vomiting, and balance problems.

Labyrinthitis occurs when an organ in the inner ear, call the vestibular labyrinth, becomes swollen or inflamed. This can cause other physical problems because the vestibular labyrinth is responsible for your ability to balance, as well as your awareness of your head's position. You may experience dizziness or vertigo, which is the feeling that you are moving even when you are not. Labyrinthitis can also lead to nausea, vomiting, and balance problems.

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