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1. Benign positional vertigo (BPPV) describes recurrent, brief episodes of vertigo caused by the motion of changing head position.

2. It is thought to be due to loose otoconia in the semicircular canal.

3. Resolves spontaneously over a couple of weeks or can be treated successfully with Epley and Semont manoeuvres that move the otoconia to a position of the inner ear that is less likely to induce vertigo.


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Ⓒ A. Manickam 2018

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