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History of complaints as a diagnostic tool 

History of complaints as a diagnostic tool
History of complaints as a diagnostic tool

Béla Büki

and Alexander A. Tarnutzer

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date: 05 April 2020

History taking is essential in the dizzy patient and leads to the correct diagnosis in more than half of all cases. Important aspects of history taking in dizzy patients, including the onset (abrupt vs gradually), duration (short vs long), and frequency of episodes (single vs recurrent), are described in a straightforward manner, and a special focus is put on possible triggers (head turns, postural changes, coughing or sneezing) and accompanying symptoms (e.g. hearing loss). Potential pitfalls in history taking, such as relying on the quality of symptoms, which is often non-diagnostic and may be misleading, are pointed out, and clinical conditions devoid of obvious focal signs or symptoms (such as isolated vertigo in the absence of accompanying symptoms) are introduced to the reader and put in the clinical context. The relevance of concomitant illnesses, drug intake, or repetitive episodes is discussed concisely and with a focus on identifying the urgent and potentially dangerous underlying disorders.

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