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Acute Dizziness in Primary Care Offices – the German College of General Practitioners and Family Physicians’ New Guideline

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2017.0012-0016

german translation / full article

Ralf Michael Jendyk, Heinz-Harald Abholz

Keywords: guideline primary care dizziness vertigo

Summary: The new guideline on acute dizziness of the German College of General Practitioners and Family Physicians (AWMF S3 guideline) which has been published in late summer 2016 summarizes the essential and most recently developed aspects. A proposed categorization of dizziness by time and accompanying symptoms will help making a most probable diagnosis with essential focus on the medical history in most patients. In most cases clinical evaluation and – seldom necessary – further technical diagnostics serve as diagnostic confirmation. Only a small number of patients with dizziness needs a referral to a specialist: Either because of the failure of the proposed approach to lead to a most likely diagnosis or because of an underlying disease demanding a treatment by a specialist. For the evidence-based recommendations of treatment a special Cochrane literature search was conducted.


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