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When might you need surgery for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo?

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In very rare cases, you might need surgery to cure the problem. It involves plugging part of your inner ear to prevent the small calcium crystals from moving in your ear canal. Surgery carries a small chance of complications, including loss of hearing.

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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