What is benign paroxysmal positioning vertigo (BPPV)?

Updated: Mar 13, 2017
  • Author: Hesham M Samy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Robert A Egan, MD  more...
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BPPV is the second most common cause of vertigo. The typical symptom is brief episodic vertigo upon changing head or body position. Patients may have a residual sensation of disequilibrium between episodes. BPPV is commonly either idiopathic or posttraumatic. Other causes of vertigo, such as vestibular neuronitis, Ménière disease, and delayed endolymphatic hydrops, are also associated with BPPV.


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