Which clinical history findings are characteristic of benign paroxysmal vertigo of childhood?

Updated: Nov 19, 2019
  • Author: Wendy G Mitchell, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen L Nelson, Jr, MD, PhD, FAACPDM, FAAN, FAAP, FANA  more...
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Given the high proportion of children with a family history of migraine, benign paroxysmal vertigo of childhood is sometimes considered a migraine variant. This syndrome is not uncommon and frequently is followed by the development of more typical migraine headaches later in childhood.

The syndrome presents with brief episodes of vertigo. Toddlers may be unable to verbalize the symptoms, but they typically cling to the parent and look frightened. Older children often verbalize that they are “moving.” Headache does not follow the attack.


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