Mal de debarquement presenting in the Emergency Department

J Emerg Med. 2006 Nov;31(4):377-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2006.04.010.


Mal de debarquement (MDD) is a common, benign, and self-limited syndrome suffered by many people after disembarkation from an oceangoing vessel. It is characterized by a continuing sensation of being on an unsteady pitching and rolling deck, even after a return to solid ground. Symptoms typically dissipate over several hours or days, but can linger for weeks. There is no effective treatment for MDD, no work-up is required, and patients can be reassured that the symptoms are transient. We present a case of MDD in a previously healthy 22-year-old male, and discuss the approach to MDD in the emergency department setting.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motion Sickness / drug therapy
  • Motion Sickness / etiology*
  • Motion Sickness / physiopathology
  • Scopolamine / therapeutic use
  • Travel*


  • Scopolamine