What is BPPV?

BBPV is one of the most common causes of dizziness. Despite this fact, many people go around for years without the right diagnosis. Research indicates that this condition is not widely known by clinicians, who may find it challenging to distinguish it from other illnesses.

There are a number of reasons for this. One of the identified reasons is that describing dizziness can be difficult and the patients often struggle with putting the symptoms into words. Another problem may be that people with balance issues are referred to different specialists.

In this video, part of a series by London Clinical Networks, two doctors describe the causes of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and what symptoms a patient may have aside from dizziness.

Visit the London Clinical Networks YouTube channel for more videos about BPPV and dizziness.

Many general practitioners have not specialized in the subject and may not feel that they have the adequate counseling skills to support the patient. However, the condition is relatively simple to diagnose and effective treatment is available.

To support the early diagnosis of BPPV, this postcard aims to raise awareness about BPPV. The postcard is based on two identifying questions as described in the Dix Hallpike test. It is a simple way to engage the patient and start a conversation about their symptoms.

Did you know?

  • The prevalence of dizziness in the working population is up to 25%. This percentage increases with age.
  • Of those who consult their primary care physician with symptoms of vertigo, BPPV is the most frequent cause.
  • BPPV is often not diagnosed right away. With better awareness of BPPV, 85% of patients could have been identified at the first doctors’ visit.
  • The use of two BPPV identifying questions along with the Dix Hallpike test allows BPPV to be quickly and easily identified.