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How is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo diagnosed?

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Your doctor will ask questions about your general health and your symptoms. He or she will also look for the telltale eye movement of nystagmus. Your doctor may ask you to lie on your back on a table with your head tilted back off it. This is to show whether you can control your eye movements. Your doctor also will look to see if symptoms of dizziness happen when your eyes or head move in a certain direction, and if doing so makes you dizzy for less than a minute. The doctor might also conduct a test using infrared goggles.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions -- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.”

Vestibular Disorders Association: “BPPV.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: “Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Diseases and Conditions -- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions --  Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 12, 2016

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions -- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.”

Vestibular Disorders Association: “BPPV.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: “Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Diseases and Conditions -- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions --  Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 12, 2016

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