[The level of beta-endorphin, chronic stress, and depression associated with vestibular pathology].

Abstract

The objective of the present study was to evaluate the presence and the severity of manifestations of anxiety and depression in the patients presenting with vestibular dysfunction making use of the psychometric scales and taking into consideration variations in the plasma beta-endorphin level as a biochemical marker before and after medicamental and physical rehabilitative treatment. A total of 8 patients presenting with stage I-III Meniere's disease and 8 patients suffering from dyscirculatory encephalopathy concomitant with vestibular ataxic syndrome were available for the observation. We separately analysed the results of examination of two patients with vestibular neuronitis and two others presenting with vestibular migraine. It was shown that the degree of anxiety and depression correlated with the plasma beta-endorphin level whereas its correlation with the severity of vestibular oculomotor and vestibular motor disorders during the inter-bout periods was not documented. It was demonstrated that the plasma beta-endorphin level was many times higher than the normal value of 20 ng/l in the patients with the well apparent vegetative symptoms accompanied by dizziness and the patients suffering from vegetative migraine.

DOI: 10.17116/otorino201580112-16

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@article{Kunelskaya2015TheLO, title={[The level of beta-endorphin, chronic stress, and depression associated with vestibular pathology].}, author={N L Kunel'skaya and A. L. Guseva and S. D. Chistov}, journal={Vestnik otorinolaringologii}, year={2015}, volume={1}, pages={12-16} }