Res Vestib Sci.  2011 Dec;10(4):141-144.

Conservative Management of Horizontal Canal Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo Resistant to Treatment

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Medical Laser Research Center, Dankook University College of Medicine, Cheonan, Korea. rheeck@dku.edu

Abstract

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of vertigo. Although it is easily cured by repositioning maneuvers for the majority of patients, it can be resistant to treatment in rare cases. Surgery can be considered for such patients with intractable BPPV. But surgery may be followed by some side effects such as hearing loss and persistent disequilibrium. We report a 77-year-old-female patients who had positional vertigo for 5 years in despite of repositioning maneuver at several hospitals. We performed repeated repositioning maneuvers twice a day for 1 month. Her symptom and nystagmus finally subsided after 2 months. Repeated aggressive repositioning maneuver may be an alternative for surgery for patients with intractable BPPV.

Keyword

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo; Cupulolithiasis; Intractable

MeSH Terms

Hearing Loss
Humans
Vertigo
Vertigo
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