Fistula test

Dr Dan J Bell and Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

The fistula test is used when examining a patient with recurrent vertigo.

A finger is abruptly applied to the external meatus which causes a pulse of air-transmitted pressure. If nystagmus is induced in association with vertigo, it indicates bony destruction within the inner ear e.g. cholesteatoma.

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rID: 6894
System: Head & Neck
Section: Signs
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