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Mal de Debarquement Syndrome and Chiari Malformation: A Case Study (PD102523)

Presenter(s): Elizabeth Adams Costa, PhD, CCC-A, FAAA; Logan Skinner Cole; Amy Nichols, AuD, PhD, CCC-A
Course Description

This presentation describes the case of a 48-year-old female presenting with vertigo and disequilibrium consistent with mal de debarquement (MdDS) following a weeklong vacation cruise. The subject’s full medical history revealed increasing difficulty with ataxia, headaches, and ambulation over the past few years, with severe exacerbation of symptoms following cruise travel. MRI and vestibular assessment following disembarking from the cruise vessel suggested additional lesion in the central vestibular system, which led to a final diagnosis of MdDS exacerbated by cerebellar degeneration associated with pre-existing Chiari malformation. MRI images, audiometric, and vestibular results are presented, as well as an in-depth review of MdDS and Chiari malformation and their impact on vestibular function and quality of life.

This course is a recorded technical session from the 2021 ASHA Convention Virtual Library (session 4045V).

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Identify primary symptoms of mal de debarquement syndrome
  • Identify primary symptoms of Chiari malformation
  • Describe potential medical and nonmedical treatment options for each disorder

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: November 2021
End date: August 8, 2027

This course is offered for 0.05 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by June 20, 2027.

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COURSE DETAILS
Item #(s): PD102523
Available Through: August 08, 2027