Annalisa Meli

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The study of postural control processes during locomotion may provide useful outcome measures of stability for people with unilateral vestibular hypofunction (UVH). Since nonlinear analysis techniques can characterize complex behaviour of a system, this may highlight mechanisms underlying dynamic stability in locomotion, although only few efforts have been(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study is to assess patients' quality of life after acoustic neuroma surgery, and if some patients' characteristics, parameters of tumor and surgical parameters affect patients' quality of life. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective study. SETTING Tertiary care center. PATIENTS A group of 386 patients who underwent acoustic neuroma(More)
CONCLUSIONS Vestibular rehabilitation improves quality of life by reducing the degree of handicap, improving the ability to perform everyday tasks and providing long-term rehabilitation stability (at 6 months). Recovery of the vestibulo-ocular reflex and the vestibulo-spinal reflex efficiency was proven by the objective results obtained in this study.(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the oscillopsia sensation in vestibular defective patients, using a specific handicap questionnaire and a specific Visual Analog Scale, with objective measure of the vertical vestibulo-ocular reflex efficiency in the pitch plane, using the computerized Dynamic Visual Acuity (DVA) test and Gaze Stabilization Test (GST). DESIGN(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to assess the incidence of balance problems after acoustic neuroma surgery, evaluating whether disequilibrium is disabling. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective observational study. SETTING Rehabilitation center. PATIENTS A group of 386 patients who underwent acoustic neuroma surgery. INTERVENTIONS Patients were selected(More)
OBJECTIVE A strong relationship exists between vestibular dysfunction and anxiety disorders. The aim of this study was to assess the anxiety and depression levels in patients with chronic dizziness and to assess the effects of vestibular rehabilitation (VR) therapy, on the anxiety and depression levels, without a behavioural or pharmacological therapy. (More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficiency of the rehabilitative protocols in patients with labyrinthine hypofunction, focusing on computerized dynamic visual acuity test (DVAt) and Gaze stabilization test (GST) specifically evaluating the vestibulo-oculomotor reflex (VOR) changes due to vestibular rehabilitation. DESIGN Consecutive sample study. SETTING Day(More)
Object. Aim of our study was to establish some peculiar features of Ménière's Disease (MD) in a group of elderly MD patients, in which the first vertigo spell happened when over 65 years old. Material and Methods. We analyzed a group of 73 younger than 65-years-old and a group of 30 elderly MD patients. All patients underwent a neurotological evaluation, an(More)
AIM Baseball, one of the most popular sports in the world, is a fast-moving sport that requires various motor abilities. Baseball is played also by blind subjects that participate in many other sports. In this study, we evaluated the role of the Italian modified version of baseball for blind subjects on balance. METHODS This modified version of baseball(More)
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