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Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

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Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is caused by a problem in the inner ear. Tiny calcium "stones" inside your inner ear canals help you keep your balance. Normally, when you move a certain way-such as when you stand up or turn your head-these stones move around. But things like infection or inflammation can stop the stones from moving as they should. This sends a false message to your brain and affects your balance.

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ByHealthwise Staff

Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine

Specialist Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

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