Audiovestibular functioning in patients with panic disorder


TECER A., Tukel R. , ERDAMAR B., SUNAY T.

JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC RESEARCH, vol.57, no.2, pp.177-182, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 57 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0022-3999(03)00568-3
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC RESEARCH
  • Page Numbers: pp.177-182

Abstract

Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate audiovestibular function in patients with panic disorder and healthy subjects by using vestibular and audiologic tests. Methods: Thirty-four panic disorder patients and 20 healthy control subjects were assessed by using clinical otoneurological examination, pure tone audiometry, tympanometry, and electronystagmography (ENG). All patients were evaluated with the Panic and Agoraphobia Scale (PAS), the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HARS), the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS), and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI). Results: On vestibular testing, abnormal responses were more prevalent in panic disorder patients compared to healthy controls. The presence of agoraphobia in panic disorder patients did not make a significant difference on vestibular test results. The only variable that may be a predictor of vestibular abnormalities in panic disorder patients was found to be dizziness between attacks. Conclusion: The results show that dizziness between panic attacks may warrant audiovestibular testing among other medical investigations. (C) 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.