Vertigo: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019

Vertigo is a feeling that one is dizzily turning around or that one's surroundings are dizzily spinning or turning about. People experiencing vertigo may feel that they are swaying, tilting, or are pulled to one direction. Vertigo is usually due to a problem with the inner ear but can also be caused by vision problems and other conditions. Vertigo is medically distinct from dizziness, lightheadedness, and unsteadiness in that vertigo involves the sensation of movement. Vertigo may be described as a feeling that one is spinning around, known as subjective vertigo, or the feeling of rotation of the surrounding environment, known as objective vertigo. The spinning sensation of vertigo may be accompanied by other symptoms, including

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Other causes of vertigo

  • Acoustic Neuromas and Other Cerebellopontine Angle (CPA) Tumors
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (Cupulolithiasis)
  • Inner Ear or Head Trauma
  • Labyrinthitis (Inflammation of the Inner Ear)
  • Medications (Both Prescription and Nonprescription)
  • Vertebral Basilar Insufficiency
  • Virus Infections of Inner Ear

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