Menopause and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

Oluwaseye Ayoola Ogun, Bela Büki, Edward S Cohn, Kristen L Janky, Yunxia Wang Lundberg

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OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to examine the age and sex distribution and the effects of menopause in a large cohort of participants diagnosed with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).

METHODS: We analyzed 1,377 BPPV patients and surveyed 935 women from this group-all diagnosed at the Boys Town National Research Hospital in the last decade.

RESULTS: A detailed age and sex distribution analysis of BPPV onset showed that aging had a profound impact on BPPV occurrence in both sexes, and that perimenopausal women were especially susceptible to BPPV (3.2:1 female-to-male ratio). The latter is a novel finding and was confirmed by a direct survey of female BPPV patients (168 participated). In addition, there was a pronounced female preponderance (6.8:1 female-to-male ratio) in BPPV in the teenage group despite its low prevalence in this age group.

CONCLUSIONS: Data suggest that hormonal fluctuations (especially during menopause) may increase the tendency to develop BPPV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)886-889
Number of pages4
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo/complications
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Menopause
  • Middle Aged
  • Nebraska/epidemiology
  • Sex Factors


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