[True or false vertigo: a true or false question?]

Rev Med Suisse. 2005 Oct 19;1(37):2405-6, 2408-9.
[Article in French]


Some practitioners ask on which criteria vertigo can be considered as "true" or "false". The goal of this paper is to explain why such a concept is misleading. Vertigo and imbalance are subjective symptoms caused by many possible factors, somatic or psychologic, which may cause, in turn, psychological distress in some patients. In all cases, the complain is "true", even in case of psychological disorder. To evaluate patients suffering from vertigo, knowledge in anatomy and physiology are necessary as well as knowledge of the interface between neuro-totologic and psychiatric conditions.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Vertigo / classification
  • Vertigo / etiology*
  • Vertigo / physiopathology*