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Vestibular Dysfunction In Adult Patients With Panic Disorder With or Without Agoraphobia

This study has been completed.
University of Pittsburgh
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First received: October 18, 1999
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: December 2003

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine whether the prevalence of abnormalities on clinical vestibular (balance) tests is higher in panic disorder with agoraphobia than in uncomplicated panic disorder and nonpanic anxiety disorder.

II. Determine whether the prevalence of abnormalities on audiological tests of cochlear or brainstem function is elevated in panic disorder without agoraphobia or nonpanic anxiety disorder.

III. Determine whether symptom patterns can be identified that are indicative of vestibular abnormalities in panic disorder.

IV. Determine whether vestibular dysfunction can be induced by psychosomatic mechanisms.

Condition Intervention
Anxiety Disorder Panic Disorder Procedure: Clinical vestibular tests

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Diagnostic

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Estimated Enrollment: 165
Study Start Date: May 2000
Detailed Description:

PROTOCOL OUTLINE: Patients are stratified by otoneurological function (panic disorder without agoraphobia, panic disorder with agoraphobia, anxiety disorder without panic or agoraphobia-like avoidance, and normal controls).

Patients undergo a psychiatric interview and a structured interview focused on anxiety disorders. Physical evaluation is completed.

A vestibular evaluation consisting of posturography, rotational testing, and ocular motor screening battery, and positional and caloric testing is completed on all patients. Patients then complete an audiological test battery consisting of basic audiological analysis, speech recognition scores, immittance testing, brainstem evoked response, and determination of binaural masking level differences.

Control patients also complete a hyperventilation-rotational test.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 55 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes


--Disease Characteristics-- Diagnostically proven panic disorders with or without moderate or severe agoraphobia and anxiety disorders without panic or agoraphobia Panic disorder may be accompanied by a secondary Axis 1 diagnosis of another disorder, such as depression, generalized anxiety disorder, or dependent, histrionic, or compulsive personality disorder --Prior/Concurrent Therapy-- Surgery: No prior ear surgery Other: No concurrent medication for medical or psychiatric conditions At least 2 weeks since prior medication No ototoxic drug intake --Patient Characteristics-- No medical disorders At least 2 weeks since prior upper respiratory tract infection and recovered No history of migraine No head trauma No scoliosis No alcoholism No drug abuse No family history of schizophrenia

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00004367

United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15260
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
University of Pittsburgh
Study Chair: Rolf G. Jacob University of Pittsburgh
  More Information Identifier: NCT00004367     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 199/11945
Study First Received: October 18, 1999
Last Updated: June 23, 2005

Keywords provided by National Center for Research Resources (NCRR):
anxiety disorder
disease-related problem/condition
neurologic and psychiatric disorders
panic disorder
rare disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Anxiety Disorders
Panic Disorder
Pathologic Processes
Mental Disorders processed this record on September 21, 2017