Why Do People Get Vertigo?

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Definition

Vertigo is a sensation of motion or spinning that is often described as dizziness.

Vertigo is not the same as light-headedness. People with vertigo feel as though they are actually spinning or moving, or that the world is spinning around them.


Alternative Names

Peripheral vertigo; Central vertigo


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

There are two types of vertigo:

  • Peripheral vertigo occurs if there is a problem with the part of the inner ear that controls balance (vestibular labyrinth or...
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