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What causes benign paroxysmal positional vertigo?

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is caused by the abnormal presence of tiny fragments of debris in the inner ear, which move around and overstimulate nerves. The brain mistakenly interprets these nerve messages as changes in the body's alignment.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 10 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Meniere’s disease

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