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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 (tumor or stroke) 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 and may lead to permanent disability.

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"Labyrinthitis and Vestibular Neuritis." Vestibular Disorders Association.

"Mal de Debarquement." Vestibular Disorders Association.

Furman, J. M., et al. "Patient information: Dizziness and vertigo (beyond the basics)." UpToDate. 19 November 2015.

Hain, T. C. "Meniere's Disease." American Hearing Research Foundation.

Labuguen, R. H. "Initial Evaluation of Vertigo." American Family Physician 73.2 (2006): 244-251.

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Teggi, R., et al. "Vestibular testing in patients with panic disorder and chronic dizziness." Acta Otorhinolaryngolica Italica 27.5 (2007): 243-247.


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