Vertigo in Pregnancy: A Narrative Review

Luis Carlos Serna-Hoyos, Andres Felipe Herrón Arango, Santiago Ortiz-Mesa, Sara Maria Vieira-Rios, Daniela Arbelaez-Lelion, Johanna Marcela Vanegas-Munera, Melissa Castillo-Bustamante

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During pregnancy, physical, hormonal, and psychological changes may occur from conception to labor. Balance is also impacted throughout this time, leading to symptoms such as vertigo and unsteadiness. These symptoms may appear at any time and can cause disability and physical impairment. Little has been published about vertigo in pregnancy. We performed a narrative review of vertigo in pregnant patients. Vertigo in pregnant females may be associated with hormonal changes in peripheral structures and inner ear organs. Meniere's disease, vestibular migraine, and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo are usually exacerbated during pregnancy. Specific changes to hearing and proprioception in the physical examination are also noted between the second and third trimester of pregnancy. These symptoms are usually seen in pregnant patients throughout this time. Some types of vertigo may be exacerbated and others may present at any time of pregnancy. Further research is needed to understand the clinical and pathological association of audiovestibular symptoms during pregnancy.
Original languageSpanish (Colombia)
StatePublished - 27 May 2022

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