Journal article

Central Conditions Mimicking Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo: A Case Series

Laura Power, Kate Murray, Kristian Bullus, Katherine J Drummond, Nicholas Trost, David J Szmulewicz

Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of positional vertigo. The term "benign" is consistent with a peripheral vestibular disorder that does not carry the potentially sinister sequelae of a central nervous system (CNS) cause. However, in 12% to 20% of cases, positional vertigo may be attributed to CNS pathology, including tumors of the cerebellum. CASE DESCRIPTION: Here, we present a series of 3 cases in which positional vertigo and nystagmus were the only presenting features in 2 cases of cerebellar tumor and 1 case of obstructive hydrocephalus. INTERVENTION: All patients underwent surgical intervention for removal of posterior fossa tu..

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