Repeated vs single physical maneuver in benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

C. R. Gordon*, N. Gadoth

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Objectives - To evaluate the effectiveness and possible side effects of a single session of repeated particle repositioning maneuver (PRM) to treat posterior canal benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and the usefulness of post-treatment restrictions. Materials and methods - A total of 125 consecutive patients with idiopathic BPPV participated in the study. Fifty patients received a single session of repeated PRM only (group I). Results were compared with those of 50 patients with BPPV who received a single PRM (group IIb), and 25 patients who received a single PRM followed by the use of a neck collar and keeping the head upright for 48 h (group IIa). Results - Forty-six patients (92%) of group I, 40 patients (80%) of group IIb, and 21 patients (84%) of group IIa were completely free of signs and symptoms when re-examined 1 week after treatment. Transient nausea and disequilibrium following treatment were reported equally in all subgroups and well tolerated. Nearly all patients of group IIa considered the post-treatment restrictions very inconvenient. Conclusions - A single session of repeated physical procedure seems to be clinically superior to one single maneuver and well tolerated. Additional post-treatment measurements are inconvenient and should be abandoned.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-169
Number of pages4
JournalActa Neurologica Scandinavica
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2004


  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • Treatment
  • Vestibular


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