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J Laryngol Otol. 2015 May;129(5):421-4. doi: 10.1017/S0022215115000481. Epub 2015 Mar 30.

How many Epley manoeuvres are required to treat benign paroxysmal positional vertigo?

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1
Department of Otolaryngology,Wrexham Maelor Hospital,Wales,UK.
2
Department of Audiology,Wrexham Maelor Hospital,Wales,UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the total number of Epley manoeuvres required to provide symptomatic relief to patients newly diagnosed with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.

METHODS:

This retrospective audit assessed every patient referred to the audiology department for investigations of their symptoms over a period of one year. Only patients diagnosed with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo confirmed via a positive Dix-Hallpike test result, with no suggestion of dual pathology, were included.

RESULTS:

Seventy patients with a positive Dix-Hallpike test result were identified. The total number of Epley manoeuvres required ranged from one to five. Thirty-three patients (47 per cent) were asymptomatic following one Epley manoeuvre. Eleven patients (16 per cent) needed 2 manoeuvres and 15 patients (21 per cent) required 3 manoeuvres for symptomatic control.

CONCLUSION:

Symptomatic control of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo was obtained following a single Epley manoeuvre for 47 per cent of patients. The majority of patients (84 per cent) experienced symptomatic improvement following three Epley manoeuvres.

KEYWORDS:

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

PMID:
25816719
DOI:
10.1017/S0022215115000481
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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