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Fifteen-minute consultation: The dizzy child
  1. Rosa Crunkhorn1,
  2. Suparna Dasgupta2,
  3. Arnab Kumar Seal3,
  4. Soumit Dasgupta1
  1. 1 Paediatric Audiology and Audiovestibular Medicine, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK
  2. 2 Paediatrics, East Cheshire NHS Trust, Macclesfield, UK
  3. 3 Community Paediatrics, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr (Prof) Soumit Dasgupta, Paediatric Audiology and Audiovestibular Medicine, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool L14 5AB, UK; soumit.dasgupta{at}alderhey.nhs.uk

Abstract

Vestibular disorders are often overlooked in children and may cause significant morbidity. About a third of children presenting with problems in balance show a vestibular pathology and the overall prevalence of paediatric vertigo is about 5%. Appropriate diagnosis and holistic management can have a significantly positive impact on a child’s quality of life and can be very rewarding. We present a structured approach to the assessment and management of a child presenting with dizziness in a general, non-neurological specialty or community paediatric outpatient setting.

  • audiology
  • neurology

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  • Contributors RC collected and analysed the evidence and wrote the paper. SuD critically reviewed the paper, designed the figures and added modifications from the general paediatric viewpoint. AKS critically reviewed the paper, designed the MCQs and added modifications from the community paediatrics viewpoint. SoD conceived and designed the paper, designed the tables, analysed the evidence, critically reviewed the paper and was the cowriter.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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