Benign Positional Vertigo (cont.)
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) Outlook
BPPV usually resolves on its own quickly or within a few weeks or months, even without any specific treatment.
- The Epley maneuver may cure the problem immediately.
- Medications may help control the severity of symptoms
- Vertigo may recur months or years later after an initial incidence.
- BPPV is rarely a problem that cannot be resolved. Neurologists, otolaryngologist, and vestibular rehabilitation physical therapists may be of help in confirming the diagnosis and resolving BPPV or controlling its symptoms.
Medically reviewed by Martin E Zipser, MD; American board of Surgery
REFERENCE: eMedicine.com. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.
Previous contributing authors and editors: Author: P John Simic, MD,
FAAEM, Director of Emergency Medical Services, Director of Emergency Department
Approved for Pediatrics, Providence/Saint Joseph Medical Center.
Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD,
FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine,
Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy
Editor, eMedicine; Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM, Attending Physician, Emergency Department, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/7/2014
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