Vertigo Epidemiology

Vertigo Epidemiology - o Sufferers of vertigo may display...

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Vertigo Epidemiology Dizziness is one of the most common reasons for GP consultations. The majority of people suffer an attack of dizziness at some point in their life. BPPV usually affects people over the age of 40, and women are affected twice as often as men. At least 64 new cases occur each year per 100,000 people. Meniere's disease affects about 1 in 1,000 people in the UK. Both sexes are equally affected and symptoms usually start between the ages of 20 and 50 but any ages can be affected. In over 40% of cases, both ears are eventually involved. Diagnosis A typical clinical history of up and down sensations and/or spinning, together with a thorough physical examination, may suggest a diagnosis of vertigo. Diagnosis can be assisted by:- Studying the patients eye movements
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Unformatted text preview: o Sufferers of vertigo may display signs of nystagmus particularly when the head is moved in different directions • Performing a caloric reflex test o This involves irrigating the ears with cold and warm water to check the brain’s response to signals from the organs of balance in the inner ear o A positive response is nystagmus of towards the ipsilateral ear for warm water and away from the ipsilateral ear for cold water o Absent reactive eye movement suggests vestibular weakness of the horizontal semi-circular canal of the side being stimulated • Hearing tests - Which can detect damage to the inner ear • Performing a CT/MRI o Imaging of this type may be needed if there is suspicion of a brain tumour...
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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