J Korean Med Assoc.  2008 Nov;51(11):960-974. 10.5124/jkma.2008.51.11.960.

Diagnostic Approaches to the Patient with Dizziness

  • 1Department of Neurology, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Korea. sungkb@schbc.ac.kr


Dizziness is one of the most commonly presenting complaints in clinical practice. However, a systematic diagnostic approach to the dizzy patient remains challenging due to the wide range of diagnostic possibilities. As a symptom, dizziness is quite subjective and is resulted from diverse conditions. Therefore, classifying the patient's complaints into the etiology oriented categories through detailed histories should be the first step of the approach. Physicians should be acquainted with skills for the history taking and a brief but comprehensive neuro-otologic examination which can be done easily in clinical practice. This article focused on practical skills for history taking and bedside examination in the diagnostic approaches to the patient with dizziness.


Dizziness; Diagnostic approach; Neuro-otologic examination; Vestibulo-ocular reflex; Vestibular disorders

MeSH Terms

Reflex, Vestibulo-Ocular
Resin Cements
Resin Cements

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