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What causes central vertigo?

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Central vertigo is caused by a disease or injury to the brain, such as:

  • Head injuries
  • Illness or infection
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Migraines
  • Brain tumors
  • Strokes
  • Transient ischemic attacks ("mini" strokes that last for a short time and don't cause permanent damage)

From: Types of Vertigo WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Medical Treatment of Vertigo."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "Living with a Vestibular Disorder."

Gacek, R. , July 2013. ORL: Journal for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Hanley, K. October 2002. The British Journal of General Practice,

Labuguen, R. , Jan. 15, 2006. American Family Physician

Nguyen-Huynh, A. , October 2012. Otolaryngology Clinics of North America

Swartz, R. , March 2005. American Family Physician

Thompson, T. , Spring 2009. The Ochsner Journal

University of California, Irvine Medical School: "Vertigo."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 05, 2019

SOURCES:

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Medical Treatment of Vertigo."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "Living with a Vestibular Disorder."

Gacek, R. , July 2013. ORL: Journal for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Hanley, K. October 2002. The British Journal of General Practice,

Labuguen, R. , Jan. 15, 2006. American Family Physician

Nguyen-Huynh, A. , October 2012. Otolaryngology Clinics of North America

Swartz, R. , March 2005. American Family Physician

Thompson, T. , Spring 2009. The Ochsner Journal

University of California, Irvine Medical School: "Vertigo."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 05, 2019

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