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Dizziness, vertigo, and presyncope: What's the difference?

Saccomano, Scott J. PhD, GNP-BC, RN

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000422206.92550.5b
Feature: BRAIN AND NERVOUS SYSTEM DISORDERS
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Dizziness is a general term used to express subjective patient complaints related to changes in sensation, movement, perception, or consciousness. There are four types of dizziness: vertigo, disequilibrium, presyncope/syncope, and dizziness as a result of psychological disturbances. Differentiating the type of dizziness will assist in the course of the evaluation.

Scott J. Saccomano is an assistant professor at the Herbert H Lehman College, Department of Nursing in Bronx, NY.

The author has disclosed that he has no financial relationships related to this article.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.