What are the limitations of watchful waiting in the treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)?

Updated: Feb 15, 2018
  • Author: John C Li, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Since benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is benign and can resolve without treatment in weeks to months, some have argued that simple observation is all that is needed. Conversely, this involves weeks or months of discomfort and vertigo, with the danger of falls and other mishaps from the episodic vertigo spells (eg, patients who work on scaffolding may fall easily).


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