Quality of life in patients with vestibular disorders: a narrative review


  • Isabela Franco Medical School, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellín, Colombia
  • Yara Uricel Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Santiago Valencia Medical School, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellín, Colombia
  • Melissa Castillo-Bustamante Medical School, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellín, Colombia
  • Jorge Madrigal Otoneurology, Centro de Vértigo y Mareo, Mexico City, Mexico




Vestibular system, QoL, Vestibular disorders


Vestibular disorders may lead to physical disability and altered quality-of life. Even though, some specific diseases are associated with sleep, work, leisure, and emotional impairment, little is known about which vestibular disorders may lead to disturbances in daily life activities. We aim to extend the understanding of this issue and provide a comprehensive overview about how vestibular disorders are linked to altered quality of life (QoL). Currently available literature was analysed for understanding the affection of QoL in several focused daily-life activities. Vestibular disorders and QoL articles were reviewed; 431 articles were found on different databases and 50 were included in this review. We provide the latest evidence about how QoL is affected by vestibular disorders, their relationship, and upcoming challenges in this review. The deepest understanding of how QoL may be affected by vestibular disorders would provide better comprehension of this process for primary care physicians, otolaryngologists, neurologists, and neuro-otologists.


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