The canalith repositioning procedure: for treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1992 Sep;107(3):399-404. doi: 10.1177/019459989210700310.


The Canalith Repositioning Procedure (CRP) is designed to treat benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) through induced out-migration of free-moving pathological densities in the endolymph of a semicircular canal, using timed head maneuvers and applied vibration. This article describes the procedure and its rationale, and reports the results in 30 patients who exhibited the classic nystagmus of BPPV with Hallpike maneuvers. CRP obtained timely resolution of the nystagmus and positional vertigo in 100%. Of these, 10% continued to have atypical symptoms, suggesting concomitant pathology; 30% experienced one or more recurrences, but responded well to retreatment with CRP. These results also support an alternative theory that the densities that impart gravity-sensitivity to a semicircular canal in BPPV are free in the canal, rather than attached to the cupula. CRP offers significant advantages over invasive and other noninvasive treatment modalities in current use.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Calculi / complications
  • Calculi / therapy*
  • Endolymph*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Labyrinth Diseases / complications
  • Labyrinth Diseases / therapy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nystagmus, Pathologic / etiology
  • Nystagmus, Pathologic / therapy
  • Posture
  • Recurrence
  • Semicircular Canals / pathology*
  • Vertigo / etiology
  • Vertigo / therapy*
  • Vibration