THE EPLEY MANOEUVRE

The treatment for benign positional vertigo

WHAT IS AN BENIGN POSITIONAL VERTIGO?

Benign (paroxysmal) positional vertigo (BPPV) is caused by loose crystals of calcium carbonate within the inner ear. On certain movements such as rolling over in bed, these crystals move position causing sudden onset vertigo (dizziness). Symptoms typically last around 30 seconds before resolving.

WHAT IS AN EPLEY MANOEUVRE AND HOW DOES IT TREAT BPPV?

An Epley manoeuvre is a series of movements which aim to reposition the loose crystals of calcium carbonate within the inner ear. It is highly effective in treating BPPV. The procedure is performed in clinic, and may need to be repeated to ensure that symptoms have completely resolved. It is recommended that patients avoid driving for a few hours after an Epley manoeuvre. In the 48 hours afterwards, patients should sleep in a propped up position and avoid lying on the affected side.

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Bristol ENT & Thyroid Surgery