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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
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BATEMAN, K; ROGERS, C  and  MEYER, E. An approach to acute vertigo. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2015, vol.105, n.8, pp.694-694. ISSN 2078-5135.

There can be few physicians so dedicated to their art that they do not experience a slight decline in spirits when they learn that their patient's complaint is giddiness. This frequently means that after exhaustive enquiry it will still not be entirely clear what it is that the patient feels wrong and even less so why he feels it. (W B Mathews)[1] Contrary to this prevalent view, in recent years advances in the diagnosis and management of common vestibular disorders have made the clinical evaluation of the dizzy patient more rewarding. An accurate diagnosis may be possible in the majority of patients presenting with acute vertigo when a directed history is taken and an examination is performed. Specific and effective treatments are available for many patients. This article describes the clinical evaluation of a patient with acute vertigo, and highlights selected common and important conditions.

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