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Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo: Management and Its Impact on Falls

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© SAGE Publications. Introduction: Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of dizziness in the elderly. This has been identified as a risk factor in falls. Falls are the leading cause of disability and the leading cause of death from injury among people over 75 in the UK. Methods: We assessed the effect of BPPV treatment on falls in an elderly population by retrospectively reviewing one unit's experience of BPPV management over an 8-year period from June 2008 to June 2016. We specifically assessed patients who were referred for the primary reason of falls and were aged over 65 years. These patients were evaluated and treated with particle repositioning maneuvers if their positional tests were positive. The frequency of falls prior to their visit and at 6-month clinic follow-up were reviewed. Results: The total number of falls in the cohort reduced significantly (P <.0001) after the procedure, from 128 to 46 falls (64% reduction). Associated comorbidities were also evaluated in this group. Conclusion: A prompt and effective treatment of BPPV is prudent to prevent devastating falls in older people in our communities.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Jumani K, Powell J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology

Year: 2017

Volume: 126

Issue: 8

Pages: 602-605

Print publication date: 01/08/2017

Online publication date: 18/07/2017

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

ISSN (print): 0003-4894

Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc.


DOI: 10.1177/0003489417718847


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