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Vertigo and dizziness in elderly patients with neurological disorders

Pedro Luiz Mangabeira Albernaz, Flávia Silveira dos Santos Cabral

DOI: 10.1590/s1679-45082011ao2131

ABSTRACTObjective:To evaluate the frequency of central vestibular disorders, vertigo and dizziness in patients aged 65 to 90 years.Methods:We analyzed 735 patients in this age range seen consecutively from January 1990 to December 2009.Results:A total of 32 patients had central vestibular disorders, and 11 had neurological disorders diagnosed by imaging.Conclusion:Vertigo and dizziness occur frequently in elderly people with neurological disorders, and affect their quality of life. Falling is common and may lead to disabling consequences.