Warning of loss of balance with gentamicin

Even a single dose of gentamicin can cause “devastating” and long-term loss of balance due to vestibular impairment, research shows, shedding light on a previously overlooked side effect.

The study published Tuesday confirmed the development of vestibular impairment following intravenous gentamicin treatment in 103 hospital patients, who later sought treatment at a balance disorders clinic.

Despite all the patients noting imbalance either during their admission or immediately after discharge, gentamicin treatment was stopped for only one