Prevalence of vestibular and balance disorders in children

Robert C. O'Reilly, Thierry Morlet, Brian D. Nicholas, Gary Josephson, Drew Horlbeck, Larry B Lundy, Arnel Mercado

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OBJECTIVE: Determine the prevalence of vestibular and balance disorders in children, rate of complaints of imbalance, and odds ratio of related diagnoses. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of pediatric health system during a 4-year period for International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, codes related to balance disorders. Identified records were searched for chief complaints related to balance and for codes of related otologic and neuro-otologic diagnoses. RESULTS: A total of 561,151 distinct patient encounters were found. Unspecified dizziness was diagnosed in 2,283 patients (0.4%). Also, 22% presented with balance complaints. Peripheral disorders were diagnosed in 159, and central disturbances were diagnosed in 109 (prevalence < 0.0002%). Cumulative prevalence of diagnoses related to balance was 0.45% (2,546/561,151). Of all patients, 5,793 (1.03%) had chief complaint related to balance, and 2,076 (35.84%) were also diagnosed with vestibular disorder. Moreover, 38% with peripheral disturbances and 21% with central disturbances had balance complaints. Odds ratio of syncope was 21× higher than the general pediatric population in patients with unspecified dizziness, and sensorineural hearing loss was 43 times higher in those with peripheral vestibular disorders. In patients with central disorders headache was 16× higher (p < 0.05). CONCLUSION: The prevalence of balance disorders in children is low. Children diagnosed with these disorders typically do not present with chief complaint related to balance. Significant associations exist between sensorineural hearing loss, syncope, and headache in children diagnosed with balance disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1441-1444
Number of pages4
JournalOtology and Neurotology
Volume31
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2010

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Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Syncope
Dizziness
Odds Ratio
Pediatrics
Headache Disorders
International Classification of Diseases
Headache
Health
Population

Keywords

  • Balance
  • Prevalence
  • Vestibular

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Sensory Systems

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O&apos;Reilly, R. C., Morlet, T., Nicholas, B. D., Josephson, G., Horlbeck, D., Lundy, L. B., & Mercado, A. (2010). Prevalence of vestibular and balance disorders in children. Otology and Neurotology, 31(9), 1441-1444. https://doi.org/10.1097/MAO.0b013e3181f20673

Prevalence of vestibular and balance disorders in children. / O&apos;Reilly, Robert C.; Morlet, Thierry; Nicholas, Brian D.; Josephson, Gary; Horlbeck, Drew; Lundy, Larry B; Mercado, Arnel.

In: Otology and Neurotology, Vol. 31, No. 9, 12.2010, p. 1441-1444.

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O&apos;Reilly, RC, Morlet, T, Nicholas, BD, Josephson, G, Horlbeck, D, Lundy, LB & Mercado, A 2010, 'Prevalence of vestibular and balance disorders in children', Otology and Neurotology, vol. 31, no. 9, pp. 1441-1444. https://doi.org/10.1097/MAO.0b013e3181f20673
O&apos;Reilly RC, Morlet T, Nicholas BD, Josephson G, Horlbeck D, Lundy LB et al. Prevalence of vestibular and balance disorders in children. Otology and Neurotology. 2010 Dec;31(9):1441-1444. https://doi.org/10.1097/MAO.0b013e3181f20673
O&apos;Reilly, Robert C. ; Morlet, Thierry ; Nicholas, Brian D. ; Josephson, Gary ; Horlbeck, Drew ; Lundy, Larry B ; Mercado, Arnel. / Prevalence of vestibular and balance disorders in children. In: Otology and Neurotology. 2010 ; Vol. 31, No. 9. pp. 1441-1444.
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