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HNO. 2008 Sep;56(9):927-36; quiz 937. doi: 10.1007/s00106-008-1802-2.

[Vertigo and falls in the elderly: Part 2: Fall diagnostics, prophylaxis and therapy].

[Article in German]

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  • 1HNO-Gemeinschaftspraxis, Main-Taunus-Zentrum, 65843, Sulzbach, Taunus, Deutschland. Leif.Walther@hno-praxis-sulzbach.de

Abstract

In many acute or chronic vestibular diseases in old age, the risk of falling is increased. A fear of falling often develops together with further limitations to physical activity and subsequent physical and psychological consequences. Falls represent a substantial health-related risk factor. A regular balance, walking and muscle training is an effective prophylaxis. Components of the treatment of vestibular diseases in old age are counselling and encouragement (psychotherapy), treatment of the specific organic disease, specific vestibular rehabilitation and a symptomatic medication therapy. Vertigo in old age is a multifactorial process. The differential diagnosis of disorders of the equilibrium function in old age represents a challenge which can only be overcome by interdisciplinary cooperation.

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18712512
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10.1007/s00106-008-1802-2
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