Treatment and recurrence of traumatic versus idiopathic benign paroxysmal positional vertigo: a meta-analysis

Acta Otolaryngol. 2019 Sep;139(9):727-733. doi: 10.1080/00016489.2019.1632484. Epub 2019 Jul 3.


Background: So far, there has been a controversy surrounding repositioning difficulty and recurrence rate between traumatic benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (t-BPPV) and idiopathic BPPV (i-BPPV). Objectives: This meta-analysis was aimed to explore whether or not the differences between t-BPPV and i-BPPV in the repositioning difficulty and recurrence rate existed. Material and methods: A literature search was performed in the databases including Pubmed, Embase, CENTRAL, which completed in 21 January 2019, with no restriction of publication language. Relative risk (RR) of number of repositioning maneuvers and the recurrence rate was calculated with its 95% confidence interval. Sensitive analysis was performed simultaneously. Results: Six retrospective cohort studies were included in our meta-analysis, including 865 t-BPPV patients and 3027 i-BPPV patients. All studies were high quality according to Newcastle-Ottawa Scale (NOS) assessment. Patients with t-BPPV required more repositioning maneuvers for resolution than those with i-BPPV (RR = 3.27, 95% CI = 1.88-5.69, p < .0001), and the recurrence rate of t-BPPV was higher than that of i-BPPV (RR = 2.91, 95% CI = 2.04-4.14, p < .00001). Conclusions and significance: Compared with i-BPPV, patients with t-BPPV require more repositioning maneuvers to resolve, and the recurrence of t-BPPV was more frequent.

Keywords: Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo; idiopathic; recurrence; repositioning; traumatic.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Meta-Analysis
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo / etiology*
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo / physiopathology
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo / therapy*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Positioning / methods*
  • Prognosis
  • Recurrence
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Assessment
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vestibular Function Tests
  • Wounds and Injuries / complications*