Motion Sickness Workup

Updated: Nov 10, 2017
  • Author: Andrew Brainard, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Workup

Laboratory Studies

The evaluation of motion sickness rarely requires any laboratory or imaging studies except on the rare occasion when ruling out another condition may be necessary.

A pregnancy test is likely to be the most useful additional lab study.

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Imaging Studies

Imaging is rarely indicated except for persistent neurological symptoms lasting for weeks after the cessation of motion. A CT scan of the brain and temporal bones or an MRI brain scan help to exclude central causes.

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Other Tests

Audiography and vestibular testing can be conducted in collaboration with otolaryngology and neurology.

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Procedures

The bedside performance of canalith-repositioning maneuvers may be appropriate if the differential diagnosis of peripheral vertigo is considered, but it is not an effective treatment for motion sickness.

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