Navigating Healthcare – Patient Safety and Personal Healthcare Management

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) – or Dizziness

Posted in Healthcare Information, Personal Health Record by drnic on April 28, 2009

Dizziness that’s entirely treatable condition for 20% of sufferers where the condition is due to Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). In a recent NPR story – Rock Slides Lead to Vertigo it was fascinating to hear that this was

really a success story in medicine. We’ve figured out the cause of this condition — and we’ve figured out how to treat it

It runs out that it is due to loose crystals or rocks (the proper name for these is otoconia) which are small crystals of calcium carbonate that are derived from an inner ear structure called the utricle:


What causes this is the dislodging of these “rocks” which can be caused by head injury, links to migraines and old age degeneration of the vestibular system. Viruses and other infections can also cause the rocks to dislodge.

The good news for suffers is that it is easily treatable with simple physical maneuvers that get the rocks back into place. The Epely maneuver is the main stay of treatment:

And there are others – you can find out more at this site
Simple care to treat dizziness.

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