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Dizziness - Paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)

Positional vertigo (often called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV) is one of the most common causes of vertigo. This condition is characterised by a sudden sensation of rotation or movement which is triggered by a change in head position. It can include symptoms such as nausea and loss of balance.
Diagnosis is often made using the Dix-Hallpike Maneuver, a test where the patient is quickly moved from a sitting position to a lying position with the head tilted to the side. A positive reaction to this test usually confirms the diagnosis.

Causes

The underlying causes of this condition are not fully understood, but may include aging, head injury and certain types of medication.

Symptoms

  • A sudden spinning sensation
  • Nausea
  • Loss of balance
  • Feeling unsteady when moving
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