Quantitative vestibular testing

Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1984 Apr;92(2):145-50. doi: 10.1177/019459988409200205.


Our standard rotational test battery includes tests of optokinetic nystagmus (OKN), the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR), and visual-vestibular interaction. Lesions of the peripheral vestibular system characteristically impair only the VOR, whereas lesions of the central system impair OKN and visual-vestibular interaction. The pattern of abnormal responses can help localize lesions within the central vestibular pathways.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Electronystagmography / methods*
  • Humans
  • Labyrinth Diseases / physiopathology
  • Reflex / physiology
  • Rotation
  • Vestibular Function Tests / methods*
  • Vestibular Nerve / physiopathology
  • Vestibulocochlear Nerve Diseases / physiopathology