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A previously healthy 62-year-old woman presents to your office with a complaint of dizziness. For the past two weeks, she has been experiencing an occasional spinning sensation that lasts approximately 20-30 seconds. She first noticed it while tilting her head back in the shower and also had symptoms when rolling over in bed. Which of the following is the most likely diagnosis?

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Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common type of vertigo in the United States. The inner ear contains three semicircular canals oriented in three perpendicular planes which mediate spatial orientation and balance. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is thought to be caused by loose calcium debris in the posterior semicircular canal of the ear. BBPV typically has a sudden onset and individuals notice it in connection with positional changes of the head, such as rolling over in bed, while showering, or sitting up quickly. The incidence is higher in women and BBPV generally occurs in individuals older than 50 years of age. Symptoms include recurrent episodes of vertigo that last less than one minute and resolve with positional changes of the head. Some individuals also experience nausea and vomiting. Diagnosis is based on history and physical exam, including nystagmus seen during provoking maneuvers. First-line treatment is with canalith repositioning maneuvers including the Epley maneuver.

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(Q) What are the three different conditions a patient is most likely describing when they complain of dizziness?

(A) Ataxia, near-syncope, and vertigo.


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New Perspective on Goals for LDL-C and Non-HDL-C Levels An Expert Panel did not find evidence to support the use of specific LDL-C or non–high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) target levels. Although many clinicians use target levels (e.g., LDL-C levels less than 70 mg/dL for secondary prevention and less than 100 mg/dL for primary prevention), evidence has shown that using the maximum tolerated statin intensity in persons who will benefit reduces atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease events. No randomized clinical trials were identified that titrated drug therapy to a specific target level to improve atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease outcomes. Using LDL-C targets could lead to under-treating with evidence-based statin therapy or overtreating with nonstatin drugs that have not been shown to reduce atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease events in randomized clinical trials.


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Peripheral Vertigo

  • CN VIII, vestibular apparatus
  • Onset: sudden
  • Hearing loss, tinnitus
  • Positional
  • Nystagmus: unidirectional, never vertical, fatigable, can be inhibited
  • No neurologic symptoms

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Family Medicine Question Topics

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Modular 26%
Respiratory 10%
Cardiovascular 9%
Musculoskeletal 9%
Nonspecific 7%
Endocrine 6%
Gastrointestinal 5%
Integumentary 5%
Psychogenic 5%

Reproductive – Female 3%
Population-based Care 3%
Patient-based Symptoms 3%
Hematologic/Immune 2%
Nephrologic 2%
Neurologic 2%
Special Sensory 2%
Reproductive – Male 1%
Total 100%


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