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Case Report  |   May 1997
Repositioning maneuver for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
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Case Report   |   May 1997
Repositioning maneuver for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 1997, Vol. 97, 277. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1997.97.5.277
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 1997, Vol. 97, 277. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1997.97.5.277
Abstract

With vertigo, the symptom of unsteadiness is a common presenting complaint and the etiology protean. However, the specific subset of this patient population with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is more defined. Cupololithiasis and canalithiasis are perhaps the best known and best described pathologic conditions resulting in vertigo. This condition occurs when otoconia from the utricle are displaced into the Posterior semicircular canal-cupula. The abnormal position of the otoconia often results in a pathological condition. The location of displacement is most often in the posterior semicircular canal. A better understanding of the etiology of BPPV has led to a simple and effective particle repositioning maneuver that allows the practitioner to alleviate vertigo symptoms for most patients using a simple manipulation.