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What is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo?

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is the most common cause of vertigo. It is characterized by a sudden feeling of vertigo when your head moves. This is caused by a problem with the inner ear, which is the part of your body that controls balance. The condition occurs because little solid crystals form in the inner ear. These crystals move around when your head changes position, which can interfere with the balance sensors in your inner ear, resulting in the sensation of spinning around.

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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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