What is the risk of recurrence 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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A retrospective study by Picciotti et al indicated that in individuals who have experienced BPPV, the risk of recurrence is higher in female patients, older patients, and patients with comorbidities (particularly psychiatric disorders). The persistence rate was significantly higher in persons with posttraumatic BPPV (45.2%) than in those with nontraumatic BPPV (20.5%). The study included 475 patients, including 139 (29.3%) with recurrence of BPPV. [11]

A retrospective study by Tan et al indicated that patients with hypertension comorbid with BPPV have a greater BPPV recurrence rate than do those with idiopathic BPPV. [12]


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