How can we Diagnose Vertigo?

Vertigo is diagnosed with the help of a patientís history and physical examination.

The doctor questions the patient regarding the duration and severity of the dizziness spell. He also looks for physical signs like fast, uncontrolled eye movements called nystagmus and other abnormal eye movements.

The doctor might advise the following tests:

  • Dix-Hallpike test- The head is moved in different directions and the eye movements are assessed and seen whether they correlate with the vertigo symptoms.
  • Computerized dynamic posturography- The patient is asked to stand on a movable platform and his/her responses to movement are recorded.
  • Electronystagmography- Eliciting nystagmus (the abnormal oscillating movement of the eyes) can help determine if the symptoms are those of true vertigo.
  • CT scan and MRI may be required to rule out brain tumor.
  • Audiometry is a thorough test of various hearing abilities.
  • If an infection is suspected, a doctor may take a sample of fluid from the ear or sinus or from the spine by lumbar puncture (spinal tap).
Diagnosis of Vertigo


Vertigo_4Yrs Wednesday, April 3, 2019

I am having frequent episodes of vertigo. I am diagnosed with Mineare's disease. I had taken Cinnarizine earlier for a month and my vertigo stopped for a month. Then the Doctor prescribed Vertin 16 * 3 for 2 months but no help. The frequency has also increased to multiple times a day now. Now the doctor has prescribed Vertin 24 * 2 for a month. Any help would be appreciated.

lazybull Sunday, June 23, 2013

When a person is diagnosed with Vertigo and are put on medication, are there any warning sings before hand that they are going to have a dizziness or does it come on instantly without warning?

pinay.vertigogirl Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hi. In my case, yes thee are some warning signs like i am having some visual problems and headache. What I do is I close my eyes, if I feel like my surrounding is about to spin, i take the prescribed medication immediately(betahistine mesylate). The drug is a graet help in making vertigo manageable, if not prevent it. I hope this piece of information has helped.

Vertigo_4Yrs Wednesday, April 3, 2019

You can figure out some onset hints such as Gas formation or blurness/dizziness but most of the times it will be sudden and you will be surprised. You will also noice that walking fast may be an onset for vertigo but not always.

vmg25 Sunday, December 16, 2012

I'm surrefiing through Vestibular neuritis.Irritation started while talking on cell phone. Does the signal of mobile affects the inner ear?

@Guest Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I have suffered from BPPV for many years now...... I have tried the eply maneuver a few times. While I have no insurance and very limited finances. I am not sure I am doing the exercise correctly. It seems to help when I can tolerate doing it, but only for a while. I was admitted to the hospital 2 weeks ago and given valum intravenously that seems to be the only thing to ever actually help. Also it seems I have more, longer lasting, and intense attacks in the fall. Has anyone experienced this?

grace44 Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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