Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
(BPPV; Benign Positional Vertigo, BPV; Positional Vertigo of Barany)
|The clump of ear crystals can lead to BPPV.|
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- Head injury
- Viral infection
- Disorders of the inner ear
- Prolonged immobility of the head
- Age-related changes to inner ear
- Sensation of spinning or rotation when you change head position that last less than one minute
- Loss of balance
- Ringing or buzzing sounds in the ear
- Vision or hearing problems
- Dix-Hallpike maneuver—moving your head or body in certain ways to test response
- Electronystagmography (ENG)
American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor http://familydoctor.org
American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery http://www.entnet.org
Canadian Academy of Audiology http://www.canadianaudiology.ca
Canadian Society of Otolaryngology http://www.entcanada.org
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/articles/200.html. Updated July 2010. Accessed April 25, 2013.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated January 14, 2013. Accessed April 25, 2013.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Merck Manual for Health Care Professionals website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/ear%5Fnose%5Fand%5Fthroat%5Fdisorders/inner%5Fear%5Fdisorders/benign%5Fparoxysmal%5Fpositional%5Fvertigo.html. Updated November 2012. Accessed April 25, 2013.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Vestibular Disorders Association website. Available at: https://vestibular.org/understanding-vestibular-disorders/types-vestibular-disorders/benign-paroxysmal-positional-vertigo. Accessed April 25, 2013.
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 04/2013
- Update Date: 03/18/2013