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Dizziness 'usually benign' in A&E patients


The majority of dizziness reported by patients attending accident and emergency has a benign cause, according to Hong Kong researchers.

They assessed 413 adults who presented with dizziness at a hospital over one month and followed them up after three months and then again after four years. They found a previous diagnosis of hypertension was the cause in 33 per cent of cases.

A central neurological cause of dizziness was found in only 6 per cent of patients.

The presence of ataxia symptoms, diabetes, or previous stroke were predictors of a central neurological cause.

The authors said: “Most dizzy patients had benign causes.”

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  • I bet a higher percentage was down to alcohol

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  • or ,as is more frequently,given the prevalence in the general population, related to anxiety or hyperventilation panic,leading to peope feeling frightened,uncertain andmore likely to reattend in future,where they will once again be told"theres nothing wrong with you", andstart a cycle of misery ,which at worst ends with the diagnosis of "Persistent delusional disorder", and costs thousnds, whereas encouragenent to seek help through mental health services and teaching contro breathing could stop it in its tracks.

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