James talks to Dr Katherine Spira about vertigo and dizziness, common symptoms that patients complain of when admitted to the hospital wards.
Summary Writer: Antonia Clarke
Editor: James Edwards
Interviewee: Katherine Spira
Katherine Spira is a final year Advanced Trainee in Neurology completing her Neuroimmunology Fellowship at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She is a Sydney Medical School Graduate and completed her Internship and Residency at Liverpool Hospital and Basic Physician Training at Prince of Wales Hospital and East Coast Medical Network.
With Dr Katherine Spira, Neuro-Immunology Advanced Trainee, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, New South Wales, Australia
Vertigo is the sensation of abnormal movement in relation to oneself, typically a rotary sensation of the patient or surroundings. Often patients may describe ‘dizziness’ – it is important to identify whether the patient is describing lightheadedness or vertiginous symptoms. There are many different types and causes of vertigo. Common causes of vertigo in the hospitalised patient include stroke, aminoglycoside antibiotic use (causing vestibulototoxicity), benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and vestibular neuritis.
You are a junior doctor on the geriatric ward and are asked to review a 78-year-old female, Mrs M, who has been admitted with an upper respiratory tract infection. She states she feels dizzy, and the nurse thinks she is describing vertigo.
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