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  • n. inflammation of the labyrinth of the inner ear

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  • n. Inflammation of the labyrinth of the internal ear.

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  • n. inflammation of the inner ear; can cause vertigo and vomiting


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  • Ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. Anthony Zeitouni said the term labyrinthitis comes from the word labyrinth, referring to the part of the inner ear that helps control balance.

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  • He said while it's common to hear some doctors use the term labyrinthitis to diagnose patients, a more specific diagnosis is usually arrived at by otolaryngologists (also known as ear, nose and throat specialists).

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  • -- Vestibular neuritis, also known as labyrinthitis, also known as a swollen inner ear that causes vertigo and other balance issues

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  • If the vestibular is unable to function properly by obstruction, injury, or infection, it can cause a nasty condition called labyrinthitis, which confuses and disorients the entire body during daily function and can cause side effects such as hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, uncontrolled rapid eye movement, and panic attacks secondary to chronic anxiety.


  • Back in London, another physician would misdiagnose her symptoms as labyrinthitis—a viral infection of the inner ear.


  • He said Nick had viral labyrinthitis, and that the condition would clear up in a few weeks.

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  • It was presumed he had viral labyrinthitis (an inner-ear disorder) that would pass in a week or two.

    Diagnosing Nick

  • However, something else seems to have popped up: a recurrence of the labyrinthitis that reared its ugly head almost three and a half years ago.

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  • Medically known as viral labyrinthitis, the condition causes nausea, dizziness and general weakness.

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  • Early reports call it a clear-cut explanation for the greater part of her musical back-catalogue, whereas more accurate reports have it labeled as a disease called labyrinthitis, which lends itself to severe cases of vertigo and nausea.

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  • Ooh, that's where I heard it, too. (Somehow it comforts me to know that I'm not the only one who rushes to look up words in the middle of watching Law & Order.) I realize it has the literaly definition of inner ear inflammation leading to vertigo, but I'd like to see it used metaphorically. As in, the dizziness and loss of orientation one feels while wading through complex (indeed, labyrinthine) discussions of controversial subjects.

    February 26, 2007

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    February 21, 2007