Waiting for the evidence: VEMP testing and the ability to differentiate utricular versus saccular function

Miriam S. Welgampola, John P. Carey

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The advent of cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (CVEMPs) marked a milestone in clinical vestibular testing because they provided a simple means of assessing human otolith function. The availability of air-conducted (AC) sound and bone-conducted vibration (BCV) to evoke CVEMPs and development of a new technique of recording ocular vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials (OVEMPs) have increased the complexity of this simple test, yet extended its diagnostic capabilities. Here we highlight the evidence-based assumptions that guide interpretation of AC sound- and BCV-evoked VEMPs and the gaps in VEMP research thus far.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-283
Number of pages3
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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