paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is caused by a problem in the inner ear.
Tiny calcium "stones" inside your inner ear canals help you keep your balance.
Normally, when you move a certain way—such as when you stand up or turn your
head—these stones move around. But things like infection or inflammation can
stop the stones from moving as they should. This sends a false message to your
brain and affects your balance.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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