Geriatric Dizziness. Evolving Diagnostic and Therapeutic Approaches for the Emergency Department

Alexander X. Lo*, Caroline N. Harada

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Dizziness affects one in five people over the age of 65 years and is associated with substantial healthcare costs. Serious causes of dizziness are found in 20% of patients over 50 years. The approach to the patient with dizziness is challenging as physical exam and diagnostic tests have suboptimal sensitivities. The risk of vascular events is higher in the first 30 days than after, suggesting some missed diagnoses. Medications and vestibular rehabilitation may serve as treatment options for dizziness, but data on their efficacy in older patients is lacking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-204
Number of pages24
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2013

Keywords

  • Dizziness
  • Geriatrics
  • Stroke
  • Vertigo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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