Res Vestib Sci.  2013 Dec;12(4):111-120.

Management of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. dzness@amc.seoul.kr

Abstract

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is characterized by brief recurrent episodes of vertigo triggered by head positional changes. BPPV is one of the most common causes of recurrent vertigo. BPPV results from abnormal stimulation of the cupula within any of the three semicircular canals by free-floating otoliths (canalithiasis) or otoliths adhered to the cupula (cupulolithiasis). Spontaneous recovery occurs frequently even with conservative treatment. However, canalith repositioning maneuvers are believed to be the best way to treat BPPV by moving the canaliths from the semicircular canal to the vestibule. Various treatment methods of posterior, superior, and lateral canal BPPV are discussed in this review.

Keyword

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo; Management; Canalith repositioning maneuver

MeSH Terms

Head
Methods
Otolithic Membrane
Semicircular Canals
Vertigo*
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