Vertigo in the ED

Author: Andrew Appelboam / Editor: Michael Stewart / Reviewer: Michael Stewart, Pragya Mallick / Code: A5, O9Published: 08/09/2022

Vertigo is a false perception, experienced by the patient, of rotation or movement of the external world (objective vertigo) or of the individual in space (subjective vertigo).

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Identify the most likely diagnoses in patients presenting with vertigo
  • Explain the difference between peripheral and central causes of vertigo
  • Describe the evidence-based diagnostic and therapeutic manoeuvres which can be used in the emergency department management of patients with vertigo
  • Identify appropriate investigations and follow-up options for patients with vertigo


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