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Effectiveness of treatments for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo of the posterior canal.
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PMID:  16151355     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To determine which common, nonpharmacological, nonsurgical treatments are most effective for treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, sham-controlled.
PATIENTS: Patients (n = 124) with BPPV of the posterior semicircular canal.
SETTING: Tertiary care center.
INTERVENTIONS: Random assignment to one of five groups: modified canalith repositioning maneuver (CRP), modified liberatory maneuver (LM), sham maneuver, Brandt and Daroff's exercise, and vertigo habituation exercises. Subjects received a standard educational lecture about BPPV and the purpose of the intervention. No vestibular-suppressant medication or special instructions for head positioning were used. Post-tests were given at 1 week after treatment and at approximately 3 months and 6 months later.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Vertigo intensity and frequency.
RESULTS: Multilevel analyses showed that vertigo decreased significantly after LM, CRP, and Brandt-Daroff exercise; those three groups did not differ significantly. The habituation group did not differ from sham, Brandt-Daroff, LM, or CRP groups. Changes in scores were maintained throughout the 6-month follow-up period.
CONCLUSION: LM, CRP, and exercises are all effective interventions; patient education plus the sham maneuver, however, had some beneficial effect. These results support two possible mechanisms of BPPV: displaced otoconia and a neural mechanism affecting interpretation of semicircular canal signals.
Helen S Cohen; Kay T Kimball
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Otology & neurotology : official publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1531-7129     ISO Abbreviation:  Otol. Neurotol.     Publication Date:  2005 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-09-09     Completed Date:  2006-06-16     Revised Date:  2012-12-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100961504     Medline TA:  Otol Neurotol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1034-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Bobby R. Alford Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Communicative Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas 77030, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Follow-Up Studies
Middle Aged
Physical Therapy Modalities*
Treatment Outcome
Vertigo / therapy*
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