Dizziness: How Do Patients Describe Dizziness and How Do Emergency Physicians Use These Descriptions for Diagnosis?

Caplan, Louis R.
November 2007
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Nov2007, Vol. 82 Issue 11, p1313
Academic Journal
The article addresses how well patients describe dizziness in the emergency department and how physicians use these descriptions to formulate diagnoses. It is reported that to separate dizziness, vertigo and light-headedness, emergency department physicians used several different techniques. According to the author, the differential diagnostic thinking about dizziness, vertigo and light-headedness should emphasize timing and precipitating events.


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