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Vertigo (cont.)

Vertigo Prognosis

The prognosis depends on the source of the vertigo.

  • Vertigo caused by problems in the inner ear, while usually self-limited, in some cases can become completely incapacitating. The use of drugs and rehabilitation exercises is the mainstay of treatment. Most commonly this will cure the symptoms or make the condition tolerable.
  • The prognosis of vertigo from a brain lesion depends on the amount of damage done to the central nervous system. Vertigo caused by a brain lesion may need emergency evaluation by a neurologist and/or neurosurgeon.

Medically reviewed by Peter O’Connor, MD; American Board of Otolaryngology with subspecialty in Sleep Medicine


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