Faints, fits and funny turns for the physician

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Abstract

The diagnosis and management of the dizzy patient presents the physician with significant challenges. Dizziness and imbalance are common complaints among the general population, affecting around one-third of people over the age of 65 years, and can result from a range of causes spanning many medical disciplines. The ability to take a thorough, accurate history with a logical framework for formulating a differential diagnosis is essential given the many ways that symptoms of dizziness can present. An understanding of the key features of the vestibular examination, and consideration of other pathologies including neurological and cardiac, are important. This conference was held with the aim of demystifying the dizzy patient by providing physicians with a practical approach to the assessment and management of dizziness, imbalance and ‘funny turns’.

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