Dizziness & Balance

About Vertigo

Vertigo is a symptom where a patient feels that either he/she or the environment is moving even though this is not actually happening. While most patients complain of a sensation of spinning, some may just experience a rocking or tilting sensation. When vertigo occurs, it is important to determine if it is from a peripheral cause (the inner ear) as opposed to a central cause (the brain) e.g. a stroke or brain tumour. There are 3 main causes of peripheral vertigo related to the inner ear: vestibular neuronitis, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and Meniere’s disease.