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What is positional vertigo?

Positional vertigo is when a change in the position of your head causes the sensation of vertigo. This most common form is a condition called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. If someone with this condition lies down with their affected ear toward the floor, they get a brief but strong feeling of the world spinning around.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 10 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Meniere’s disease

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