Dizziness differential diagnosis
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Dizziness is a common but vague symptom. A wide variety of symptoms are often referred to as dizziness, these symptoms include vertigo, presyncope and disequilibrium. Dizziness should also be differentiated from psychogenic dizziness.
Differentiating Dizziness From Other Symptoms
|Symptom||Definition||Synonyms and Key Words||Coexistent Symptoms|
|Vertigo||Vertigo is a transient and episodic perception of false sensation of motion characterized by a spinning sensation of either the surrounding environment or a self motion.||Disorientation
|Presyncope||Presyncope is a state of lightheadedness, muscular weakness, and feeling faint.||Faintness
|Blurring of vision|
Feeling of warmth
|Disequilibrium||Disequilibrium is a continuous rather than an episodic symptom characterized by an impaired sense or absence of balance that primarily occurs during standing or walking.||Bad balance
Loss of balance
Differentiating Dizziness From Psychogenic Dizziness
- Psychogenic dizziness is not a true dizziness. It is associated with psychiatric symptoms that precede its onset. It occurs in anxious or phobic individuals and do not include any specific symptoms and it can be replicated by hyperventilation.
- Synonyms used to describe psychogenic dizziness include: