Evaluation of the dizzy patient

Ear Hear. 1986 Jun;7(3):133-7. doi: 10.1097/00003446-198606000-00003.


The differential diagnosis of dizziness is difficult, yet challenging. There continues to be a need for improvement in assessment and evaluative procedures for patients with symptoms of dizziness. The otologist must exclude a wide variety of potential disorders which could be sources of the symptoms. The key to a well-made differential diagnosis is a very carefully taken, thorough, medical history, and the integration of that history with the physical examination, the audiometry, and the vestibular evaluation.

MeSH terms

  • Audiometry, Evoked Response
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Dizziness / diagnosis*
  • Dizziness / diagnostic imaging
  • Dizziness / etiology
  • Ear / diagnostic imaging
  • Ear Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Evoked Potentials, Auditory
  • Glycerol
  • Hearing Tests
  • Humans
  • Hypoxia, Brain / diagnosis
  • Labyrinth Diseases / diagnosis
  • Medical History Taking
  • Meniere Disease / diagnosis
  • Physical Examination
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Vestibular Function Tests


  • Glycerol