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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 49-51

Stepping test; is it effective for diagnosis of labyrinthine dysfunction?


1 Medical student, Department of ENT, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia
2 Assistant Professor, Department of ENT, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia
3 Professor, Department of ENT, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
MD Kamal-Eldin Ahmed Abou-Elhamd
ENT Professor College of Medicine, King Faisal University. Al-Ahsa 31982, Box 400
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1319-8491.274657

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Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the value of stepping test in diagnosis of labyrinthine dysfunction Study design: A cross sectional study. Methods: A random sample of 50 female medical students, from second to fifth grade (22 +/- 2 year old) at college of medicine, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia in May 2014 were examined by the stepping test. Results: Out of 50 students, 27 (54%) showed positive test, 6 of them (12%) were complaining of frequent vertigo, while 21 of them (42%) have no complaint related to the ear. Conclusion: Stepping test is not an effective diagnostic tool for inner ear pathologies. The rotational movement as a positive result, has almost an equal sensitivity but higher specificity than the forward movement. We suggest to consider the test is positive only when both the forward and rotational movements are positive, or at least the rotational movement is positive but not the forward movement. This will increase the sensitivity and specificity of the test.


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