Acute cerebellar vertigo in a fighter pilot

Alon Grossman, Leah Chapnik, David Ulanovski, Liav Goldstein, Bella Azaria, Yaniv Sherer, Erez Barenboim

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Vertigo is a frequently encountered complaint among aviators. This complaint is usually labyrinthine in origin. We present a case of a combat jet fighter pilot who experienced a vertiginous episode during flight that nearly resulted in a mishap. Work-up revealed a dissecting aneurysm of the posterior inferior cerebellar artery. Coiling of the aneurysm was performed. This case emphasizes the importance of performing a complete vestibular evaluation in aviators with acute vertigo. Since central nervous system causes may be responsible for vertiginous events, and when undiagnosed may result in a recurrence during flight, magnetic resonance scanning should be considered in those with no obvious peripheral cause for their vertigo.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)913-915
Number of pages3
JournalAviation Space and Environmental Medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Aerospace medicine
  • Aviators
  • Dissecting aneurysm
  • Posterior inferior cerebellar artery
  • Vertigo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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