Thursday, October 28, 2010

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo BPPV

BPPV is a

BENIGN - not threatening to life
PAROXYSMAL- which comes suddenly without alerting you
POSITIONAL- comes with a head in a particular position
VERTIGO- a rotatory sensation of the head or of the surrounding.

BPPV is a very much treatable condition. The rotatory sensation originates in the head because there are some particles which has dislodged out of balance portion of inner ear and moved to some other place.

You can understand this way that ear is the chief balance organ of the body. other are eyes and joints. the information from eyes, ears and joint is conveyed to brain. Any mismatch in the information received by brain is perceived as imbalance of body. If ear is the mismatch organ, then this imbalance is typically rotatory.

So, BPPV can originates from trauma to head and this trauma may  be trivial. other causes may be because degeneration because of aging.

It requires a simple test (DIX HALL PIKE TEST) as I am doing in the photograph to know this condition and then by a simple procedure EPLEY MANEUVER, this form of vertigo can be cured.

If a patient come early, younger patient, involvement of one ear only carries a good prognosis.

Rest is important part after the maneuver so that particles can settled in their original position.

For instructions after Epley Maneuver CLICK HERE

Please post your query in the comments. I shall be happy to reply you.

Dr. Ajay Jain


  1. Dear Dr. Jain,

    As you know, I was having dizziness and sometimes a feelings that the world is spinning. This rotatary movement used to last for a minute. Initially I thought it is due to high BP, also got the BP checked but it was normal. I was tensed and didn't know what to do?.

    I started looking for the solution online, when I read many articles pointing towards some problem related to ear. That was the time when I first consulted you as you are a well known ENT specialist and your clinic is close to our place. In fact had heard about you from one of our neighbours was very satisfied with your treatment.

    It was your expert diagnosis that I came to know about Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). I didn't realise it could be that simple as you did the "Epley Maneuver" which proved to be like a magic for me as I never experience the rotatary movement since then.

    I am very very thankful to you for the right diagnosis and expertise you made in the very first consultation.

    I feel good now and by god’s grace have not experienced rotatory sensation in my head since then. Your treatment was really a miracle for me.

    Thank you doctor.
    Mrs. Kumar

  2. An outstanding share! I've just forwarded this onto a co-worker who had been conducting a little research on this. And he actually bought me dinner simply because I found it for him... lol. So let me reword this.... Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to talk about this topic here on your website.

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  3. Very interesting and informative


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