• Given a patient with “dizziness”, conduct a history so as to distinguish true vertigo from other types of dizziness.
  • Identify which medications are likely causes of dizziness.
  • Conduct a relevant physical exam so as to rule out serious causes of dizziness, including assessment of orthostatic blood pressure, cerebellar & cranial nerve function, and cardiac exam.
  • Identify patients with BPPV and be able to demonstrate the Epley maneuver for these patients.
  • Understand the differential diagnosis for central and peripheral causes of vertigo


Dizziness Clinical Card

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Top 10 Differential Diagnoses in Family Medicine - Vertigo and Dizziness

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Dizziness - A Diagnostic Approach

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Initial Evaluation of Vertigo

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