Aggregating the symptoms of superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome

Laura Naert, Raymond Van de Berg, Paul Van de Heyning, Alexandre Bisdorff, Jeffrey D. Sharon, Bryan K. Ward, Vincent Van Rompaey

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

11 Scopus citations


Objectives/Hypothesis: To aggregate symptoms reported by patients with superior canal dehiscence syndrome (SCDS) and to develop an evidence-based symptom set by performing a systematic review of the literature. Study Design: Database search and critical assessment of research studies. Methods: Medline and PubMed databases were searched for articles that reported the preoperative symptoms of adult and pediatric patients with unilateral and bilateral SCDS. Articles were excluded if they reported on associated diseases or did not report symptoms. Results: Of the 397 articles retrieved, 66 were retained for quantitative analysis. Among 431 patients with SCDS, 91 symptom terms were reported. After combining synonymous terms, 22 symptoms were derived by consensus. Of the raw total number of reported symptoms, 92.5% can be attributed to five common symptoms: spontaneous dizziness (51%), autophony (42.5%), pressure-induced vertigo (37.4%), hearing loss (39.9%), and sound-induced vertigo (42.7%). Conclusions: This systematic review of symptoms reported by patients with SCDS identified a 22-item common symptom set. These items can be used to create an evidence-based patient-reported outcome measure to evaluate health-related quality of life in SCDS. Laryngoscope, 1932–1938, 2018.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1932-1938
Number of pages7
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2018


  • Vestibular
  • evidence-based medicine
  • hearing loss
  • labyrinth diseases
  • patient reported outcome measures
  • review
  • sensorineural hearing loss
  • vertigo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


Dive into the research topics of 'Aggregating the symptoms of superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this