Persistent postural-perceptual dizziness: a useful new syndrome.

09 Mar 2018

In this issue of Practical Neurology, Popkirov, Staab and Stone illuminate a newly defined condition—persistent postural-perceptual dizziness or ‘PPPD’, a maladaptive functional syndrome in which patients feel unbalanced despite not falling, and feel that they are moving, despite being stationary. PPPD is common in specialist dizzy clinics, accounting for 10% of cases as a primary diagnosis of dizziness. PPPD can coexist with other causes of dizziness, such as vestibular migraine or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, and it is in this form that it most commonly presents to a specialist dizzy clinic.