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Q. Can falling from a moving escalator cause inner ear disorder?

Answered by
Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 21, 2019

Hello doctor,

Three weeks ago while descending on a moving escalator I fell down but I was holding the bannister and it only caused me to sit on the steps from where I got up and walked away upon reaching down. Next day, while sitting on a high chair with a very small base and seat, I slipped off but managed not to fall by holding on to a nearby support. For the previous three years, I have preferred to hold on to the railing while climbing or going down a flight of stairs. I consulted a neurologist who suggested an inner ear disorder and seeing an ENT speciialist. She told me to perform a brain MRI and consider a nerve conduction study. Can you shortlist the possible inner ear disorders? Then, please tell me the tests in sequence which I should do to identify the specific inner ear disorder.

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern, you are probably suffering from imbalance. It is a type of vertigo. Such problems arises when vestibule of inner ear is not working properly. Balancing of moving body is managed by vestibule of inner ear.

Sometimes inner ear gets diseased by viral infection, bacterial infection, metabolic dysfunction like hydrops.

Diagnostic tools are good clinical examination by ENT doctor. Investigations like electronystagmography (ENG). My suggestion is to please consult your ENT doctor, certainly he or she will do same as above I said and will reach to correct diagnosis to manage your problem.


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