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Practical approach to the management of dizzy patients




Dizziness is a common symptom that may be caused by diverse pathologies. It requires a multidisciplinary approach and comprehensive workup to diagnose and treat the cause. A practical and simplified approach is presented.


After reading this article you should be able to: (1) Remember the basics of balance control; (2) Assess a dizzy patient in the office; (3) Be familiar with available vestibular tests and the clinical yield of each; (4) Plan a practical workup algorithm; (5) Differentiate between the common causes of dizziness; (6) Know the current management strategies; (7) Understand the concepts of vestibular rehab.

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Correspondence to Ossama I. Mansour MD.

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Mansour, O.I. Practical approach to the management of dizzy patients. Egypt J Otolaryngol 29, 49–55 (2013).

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