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Vertigo
(TL016)

Introduction


The word "dizzy" is often used to describe a variety of sensations from lightheadedness to feeling weak or unsteady. Vertigo however, is dizziness that creates the sense that you or your surroundings are spinning or moving. It is defined as a false illusion of motion with a distinct sensation of rotation ("The room was spinning around me").

Acute attacks are well-defined isolated spells of vertigo with a distinct onset and offset, whereas chronic vertigo is defined as a continuous or chronic sensation. Recurrent attacks or vertigo are addressed as chronic vertigo.

Dizziness is the reason for over 7 million clinic visits in the United States each year. Dizziness is a common complaint among older persons, especially. Dizziness in the elderly has been associated with syncope, functional disability, nursing home placement, stroke, and even death.

There are a variety of conditions that can cause vertigo. The evaluation often focuses on uncovering any underlying medical problems.

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