Vestibular Neuronitis Treatment & Management

Updated: Jul 16, 2018
  • Author: Keith A Marill, MD; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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Treatment

Emergency Department Care

ED physicians must first distinguish true vertigo from other types of dizziness. Then, after determining that the patient truly has vertigo, central vertigo must be ruled out through a careful history, physical examination, and, if still uncertain, imaging studies.

Regardless of the vertigo's etiology, ED physicians should attempt to alleviate patient suffering. An intravenous (IV) line often is started to rehydrate the patient, who should be allowed to lie still in bed as desired. Parenteral medicines then are administered.

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Consultations

In cases refractory to acute medical treatment, ED physicians may wish to consult with a neurologist or otolaryngologist.

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