What is included in emergency department (ED) care of vestibular neuronitis?

Updated: Jul 16, 2018
  • Author: Keith A Marill, MD; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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ED physicians must first distinguish true vertigo from other types of dizziness. Then, after determining that the patient truly has vertigo, central vertigo must be ruled out through a careful history, physical examination, and, if still uncertain, imaging studies.

Regardless of the vertigo's etiology, ED physicians should attempt to alleviate patient suffering. An intravenous (IV) line often is started to rehydrate the patient, who should be allowed to lie still in bed as desired. Parenteral medicines then are administered.


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