Pilot study on patients with Mal de Debarquement syndrome during pregnancy

Future Sci OA. 2019 Feb 21;5(4):FSO377. doi: 10.4155/fsoa-2018-0109. eCollection 2019 Apr.


Aim: To evaluate if patients with Mal de Debarquement syndrome (MdDS) demonstrate different symptom levels or symptom type during pregnancy.

Materials & methods: 18 MdDS patients that were or had been pregnant during their condition were recruited to complete a retrospective online questionnaire. Respondents answered questions regarding their basic clinical data, diagnosis, triggers and differences in symptom level and symptom type during pregnancy and before pregnancy.

Results: A total of 81.3% reported that their symptoms were reduced during pregnancy compared with before pregnancy. Respondents also reported a different perception of motion and experienced less dizziness while being pregnant.

Conclusion: The physiological changes that occur during pregnancy improve the symptoms of patients with MdDS, and this is potentially attributable to the rise in estrogen and progesterone.

Keywords: Mal de Debarquement syndrome (MdDS); MdDS symptoms; estrogen; pregnancy.