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What causes peripheral vertigo?

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Most cases of peripheral vertigo are caused by a problem in the inner ear, which controls your balance.

The most common are:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • Vestibular neuronitis
  • Meniere's disease

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swartz, R. American Family Physician, March 2005.

Thompson, T. The Ochsner Journal, Spring 2009.

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

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

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

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

Swartz, R. American Family Physician, March 2005.

Thompson, T. The Ochsner Journal, Spring 2009.

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

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 05, 2019

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