A phenomenon that follows a period of relative inactivity where the brain decompensates due to lack of head motion and causes dysequilibrium. Common preceding events that lead to vestibular decompensation include depression, grief over the loss of a spouse or child, surgery, flu, hospitalization or fear of falling that causes a purposeful decrease in activity. Symptoms are not as severe as the initial vestibular injury, commonly manifesting as dysequilibrium and unexplained repeated falls. Also sometimes referred to as “disuse dyesquilibrium.”
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