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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2009 Feb;27(1):39-50, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2008.09.002.

Vertigo and dizziness in the emergency department.

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Department of Neurology, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0316, USA. kakerber@med.umich.edu

Abstract

Understanding three peripheral vestibular disorders--vestibular neuritis, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, and Meniere's disease--is the key to the evaluation and management of vertigo and dizziness presentations in the emergency department. Each of these benign disorders is a common cause of a broad category of dizziness presentation. In addition, each of these disorders has characteristic features that allow for a bedside diagnosis. An effective strategy for "ruling-out" a serious disorder, such as stroke, is "ruling-in" a peripheral vestibular disorder. In this article a focus is on the key features of these disorders.

PMID:
19218018
PMCID:
PMC2676794
DOI:
10.1016/j.emc.2008.09.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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