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Dizziness: a common, troublesome symptom but often treatable
Dept Neurobiol Care Sci & Soc, Karolinska Inst, Stockholm, Sweden.
Dept Clin Neurosci, Karolinska Inst, Stockholm, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Vestibular Research-Equilibrium & Orientation, ISSN 0957-4271, E-ISSN 1878-6464, Vol. 20, no 5, p. 391-398Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective: To investigate the prevalence of self-rated dizziness/unsteadiness and health as well as to estimate the proportion of participants with peripheral vestibular disorders. Methods: Altogether, 2547 participants (66%) participated in an epidemiological cross-sectional study, including self-rated questions about dizziness/unsteadiness, concomitant auditory symptoms and self-rated general, psychosocial and mental health. Results: The overall prevalence of dizziness was 21% and higher among women (27%) than men (14%) (p < 0.001). Dizziness, provoked by the movement of lying-down (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), was noted in 5% of the participants with the symptom occurring more often in women than in men (p < 0.001). Twenty-four percent of the men and 21% of the women with dizziness simultaneously experienced a sense of rotation and loss of hearing and tinnitus. Fifteen percent reported falls because of dizziness. Both men and women suffering from dizziness symptoms perceived worse self-rated health generally, psychosocially and mentally than those without symptoms of dizziness (p < 0.001). Conclusion: Dizziness-related symptoms are common in all age groups and may manifest worse self-rated health. About 50% of the participants had symptoms indicating origin of peripheral vestibular disorders. Self-rated questions seem capable of identifying patients for referral to clinical examinations and subsequently those who can be successfully treated.

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2010. Vol. 20, no 5, p. 391-398
Keywords [en]
Balance disturbance, dizziness, epidemiology, self-rated health, quality of life
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Nursing Nursing
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Nursing Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-12882DOI: 10.3233/VES-2010-0370ISI: 000281647700006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-12882DiVA, id: diva2:383463
Available from: 2011-01-05 Created: 2011-01-03 Last updated: 2018-04-23Bibliographically approved

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