Athanasios Katsarkas, MSc, MD, FRCS
Katsarkas A.; Chronic Dizziness in Older Adults. Ann Intern Med. 2000;133:236. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-133-3-200008010-00020
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2000;133(3):236.
TO THE EDITOR:
Using a mailed questionnaire and statistical analysis, Tinetti and colleagues (1) “discovered” a syndrome called “geriatric dizziness.” They also imply that authors (2) who attributed dizziness to one disease process in elderly patients may have been wrong.
A vestibular dysfunction may be compensated more slowly and a vascular episode or postural hypotension may be more of a problem in elderly patients than in young adults. These differences, however, do not constitute a new syndrome and do not change the fact that a condition may have been induced by one pathophysiologic process or many disorders occurring simultaneously.
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