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Vertigo (cont.)

How Long Does Vertigo Last?

The length of symptoms of vertigo depends on the cause.

  • For vertigo caused by Mal de Debarquement, such as getting off a cruise ship, the vertigo will usually go away on its own within 24 hours.
  • For patients with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, the Epley maneuver can usually stop symptoms within a week.
  • Vertigo caused by inflammation of the inner ear (labyrinthitis or vestibular neuritis) will last for days until the inflammation subsides.
  • Attacks of vertigo due to Meniere's disease can last from 20 minutes to 24 hours.
  • Vertigo is not usually common with acoustic neuroma (tumor), although it is more commonly associated with smaller tumors in the early stages. As the tumor grows, vertigo lessens or disappears.
  • Vertigo from a stroke, either due to blood vessel blockage or hemorrhage, may leave permanent damage to the brain and cause permanent vertigo symptoms.
  • If vertigo is due to head or neck injury (concussion, whiplash, or other trauma), symptoms may last for years or be permanent.

Follow Up for Vertigo

Anyone with a new diagnosis of vertigo should follow-up with his or her doctor or be referred directly to a neurologist or an otolaryngologist (an ear, nose, and throat, or ENT, specialist).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/12/2016

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