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The objective of this study was to develop a reliable, validated disease-specific score measuring quality of life (QOL) in clinical practice and treatment trials in Neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2) individuals. In NF2 patients, qualitative interviews (n = 15) and a focus group session (n = 30) generated items for a pilot questionnaire. This was tested and refined(More)
INTRODUCTION Evidence is emerging for a significant clinical and neuroanatomical relationship between balance and anxiety. Research has suggested a potentially priming effect with anxiety symptoms predicting a worsening of balance function in patients with underlying balance dysfunction. We propose to show that a vestibular stimulus is responsible for an(More)
Background Many vestibular schwannoma (VS) patients complain of balance dysfunction; however, validated standardized assessments are lacking. The relative contribution of imbalance and factors like anxiety to disability is unknown. Because imbalance significantly affects quality of life in this group and vestibular rehabilitation may improve outcomes,(More)
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