Prevalence of unrecognized benign paroxysmal positional vertigo in older patients

van der Zaag-Loonen, H. J., van Leeuwen, R. B., Bruintjes, T. D. & van Munster, B. C., Jun-2015, In : European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology. 272, 6, p. 1521-1524 4 p.

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  • Prevalence of unrecognized benign paroxysmal positional vertigo in older patients

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Dizziness is a relatively common complaint which occurs more often with increasing age. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is an important cause which can easily be treated but is frequently not recognized by professionals. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of unrecognized BPPV in older patients. Patients a parts per thousand yen70 years of age (n = 989) indicated whether they experienced dizziness, and if so whether the symptoms were typical for BPPV. If affirmed, a diagnostic maneuver was performed. Positive patients were treated at once. All suspected patients completed quality of life questionnaires and were followed for 3 and 6 months. Positive BPPV patients were compared with negative (but suspected) patients. Almost one quarter of the patients (226 patients, 23 %) suffered from dizziness, among whom 101 were suspected of BPPV. Less than half (n = 45) underwent the diagnostic maneuver, of whom 13 (29 %) were positive for BPPV. At follow-up, one patient developed BPPV, leading to a total of 14 positive patients (overall prevalence 1.4 %). BPPV positive patients did not differ from BPPV negative patients. Among a large group of older patients, one quarter experiences dizziness, and 1.4 % has definite BPPV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1521-1524
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, Dizziness, Prevalence, POPULATION, DIZZINESS

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