labyrinthitis

labyrinthitis

Recognition of the Labyrinth’s Primary Sense Organs, the Otoliths

A recent study makes a compelling evolutionary argument that the vestibular system, specifically the otolith organs, are the primary component of the labyrinth and that the cochlea, and in some respects, the semicircular canals take second place. 

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Most Common Otological Emergencies?

In a nationwide retrospective review from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, sponsored by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Mamaker (2015) reports that there were more than 388 million Emergency Department (ED) visits between 2009 and 2011. Of those, approximately 8.5 million (2.2 percent) ED visits were attributed to a primary otological issue. Of the patients seen for a primary otological complaint, roughly two-thirds were 17 years old or younger, and the majority of patients with an otological complaint were treated and released.

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