Dizziness is one of the most common symptoms in a neurology practice. Lightheadiness, vertigo or unsteadiness are some of the descriptions of the patients. Feeling of passing out, unpleasant feeling of motion or spinning of the room, but also feeling unsteady and falling.This may be accompanied with other neurological symptoms visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, paralysis or loss of consciousness.
Most of the time dizziness is of a benign nature and will require evaluation by neurologist and/or other specialist. Treatment may include medication, special exercises and good hydration.
However many other more serious neurological conditions may cause dizziness. Most urgent such as stroke or cardiac disorders may need urgent hospitalization.
A neurological evaluation may include examination, imaging, doppler of the cerebral vasculature or vestibular test to detect cause of this problem. Referral to an ENT specialist or cardiologist may also be necessary.