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Assessment and treatment of dizziness and vertigo

Pfieffer, Mary Lauren DNP, CPN, FNP-BC, CPN; Anthamatten, Angelina DNP, FNP-BC; Glassford, Melissa DNP, FNP-C

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000579744.73514.4b
Feature: VERTIGO
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Abstract: Dizziness is a common patient complaint with multiple etiologies. Many causes are benign, but NPs should consider red flags for serious differential diagnoses. A systematic patient history and physical exam are crucial to accurately diagnosing conditions related to dizziness. This article reviews common etiologies of dizziness and vertigo, assessment techniques, and treatment options.

Dizziness is a common patient complaint with multiple etiologies. Many causes are benign, but NPs should consider red flags for serious differential diagnoses. A systematic patient history and physical exam are crucial to accurately diagnose conditions related to dizziness. This article reviews common etiologies of dizziness and vertigo, assessment techniques, and treatment options.

Mary Lauren Pfieffer is an instructor at Vanderbilt University, School of Nursing, Nashville, Tenn.

Angelina Anthamatten is an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University, School of Nursing, Nashville, Tenn.

Melissa Glassford is an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University, School of Nursing, Nashville, Tenn.

The authors have disclosed no financial relationships related to this article.

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