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Clin Otolaryngol Allied Sci. 1999 Feb;24(1):43-6.

Epley's manoeuvre for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo: a prospective study.

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel.


The treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) by the Epley, canalith repositioning, manoeuvre was popularized following clinical reports which demonstrated a significant success rate. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is considered a self-limiting disease, yet only few authors have analysed the effect of this manoeuvre in randomized, controlled terms. A prospective 3-year, controlled study of patients with BPPV of long duration (mean = 6 months) verified its benefit: the recovery course differed significantly between a group of 31 patients treated with the manoeuvre and a control group of 10 untreated patients. Symptoms subsided within 72 h in 35% and within a week in 74% of patients after one session of treatment. Only two treated patients (6.5%) did not recover versus a 50% failure rate among untreated patients (P = 0.0005). The rate of recovery was not affected by the duration of symptoms before initiation of treatment, or by the patient's age and gender.

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