Newswise — Dizziness is the distortion of the perception of space; vertigo is a special type of dizziness, which induces a sensation of spinning around. Dizziness is a symptom of a variety of diseases that can cause imbalance or even falls, among other things. Thus it may frequently be a serious health hazard, especially in the aging, causing injury and occasionally long-term disability, and additional financial burden to healthcare systems.

A new study presented at the 2007 AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO reveals that contrary to previous hypotheses, no single entity is the root cause of dizziness in the elderly. The study, which included more than 3,500 patients (over 70 years old), seeking treatment at a Montreal Dizziness Clinic, determined that the main causes of dizziness could be attributed to psychogenic and systemic disease, as well as to use of certain medication.

The results of the study indicate that although dizziness in the elderly may be aggravated by other ailments, such as poor vision, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, or muscle weakness, etc., the causes of dizziness in the elderly appear to be the same as in younger patients. Physicians should consider the study's results when examining and diagnosing patients complaining of dizziness.

Title: Dizziness in Aging Authors: Athanasios Katsarkas, MDDate: Wednesday, September 19, 9:32 am - 9:40 am

Information for the Media: The AAO-HNS Annual Meeting newsroom will be located in Registration East, Street Level of the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. Hours of operation: Saturday, September 15, 12 pm to 5 pm; Sunday - Tuesday, September 16 -18, 7:30 am to 5 pm; and Wednesday, September 19, 7:30 am to 2 pm. The newsroom serves as a work space for credentialed members of the media and credentialed public relations staff. The newsroom is managed and staffed by the AAO-HNS Communications Unit. Please see the AAO-HNS website for media credentialing requirements for the event -

About the AAO-HNSThe American Academy of Otolaryngology " Head and Neck Surgery (, one of the oldest medical associations in the nation, represents more than 12,000 physicians and allied health professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy serves its members by facilitating the advancement of the science and art of medicine related to otolaryngology and by representing the specialty in governmental and socioeconomic issues. The organization's mission: "Working for the Best Ear, Nose, and Throat Care."

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2007 AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO