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Benign positional vertigo and endolymphatic hydrops: what is the connection?

  • A F Jahn (a1)

Although benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and endolymphatic hydrops are considered to be distinct diagnoses, a minority of vertiginous patients exhibit features of both conditions. This coincidence has been reported previously in the literature, and is reviewed here in terms of possible aetiology.

Results and conclusion:

A new hypothesis to account for both conditions is offered, implicating free-floating degenerating debris from the otolithic apparatus. It is postulated that the gelatinous/proteinaceous component may account for an osmotically induced hydrops, while the calcified fragments may induce positional vertigo.

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Address for correspondence: Dr A F Jahn, Department of Otolaryngology, Mt Sinai West Hospital, 1000 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA E-mail:
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Presented at the 7th Asia Pacific Otology Neurotology Conference, 11–13 May 2016, Tehran, Iran.

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