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2020 Jun 11




Vestibular Migraine Following Radiosurgery for Vestibular Schwannoma.


Chae R, McDermott M, Muacevic A, Adler JR, Sharon JD
Cureus. 2020 Jun 11; 12(6):e8569.
PMID: 32670705.


Vestibular schwannoma (VS) is associated with dizziness and vertigo during all stages of treatment. This report describes a patient who presented with a one-year history of intermittent motion sickness, dizziness, headache, imbalance, and nausea. MRI showed a right-side VS in the cerebellopontine angle and internal auditory canal. The patient elected to undergo Gamma Knife radiosurgery for treatment. Within two to three months, she continued to experience recurring dizziness, vertigo, neck stiffness, and head pressure. She was referred for neurotology evaluation, which led to a diagnosis of vestibular migraine (VM). Her vestibular reflexes were intact. Subsequently, she was treated with diet modification and low-dose venlafaxine. She reported dramatically improved dizziness and vertigo symptoms at six-month follow-up. VM is a very common cause of dizziness that should always be included in the differential diagnosis, even in VS patients.