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Table 3 Frequency of final diagnoses as recorded by the family physician during one year of registration in 1708 elderly patients with a new episode of dizziness

From: Dizziness reported by elderly patients in family practice: prevalence, incidence, and clinical characteristics

Diagnoses N %*
I. Symptom diagnoses (listed if > 1% of total) 666 39.0
   N17 Vertigo/dizziness (excl. H82) 478 28.0
   A06 Fainting/syncope 146 8.5
   A04 General weakness/tiredness 42 2.5
II. Cardiovascular conditions 245 14.3
   K89 Transient cerebral ischemia 35 2.0
   K88 Postural hypotension 33 1.9
   K90 Stroke/cerebrovascular accident 27 1.6
   K86 Hypertension uncomplicated 26 1.5
   K78 Atrial fibrillation/flutter 16 0.9
   Other 108 6.3
III. Peripheral vestibular disease 203 11.9
   H82 Vertiginous syndrome† 203 11.9
IV. Psychiatric conditions 97 5.7
   P01 Feeling anxious/nervous/tense 24 1.4
   A-Z26/A-Z27 Fear of disease 14 0.8
   R98 Hyperventilation syndrome 12 0.7
   P76 Depressive disorder 11 0.6
   Other 36 2.1
V. Musculoskeletal conditions 90 5.3
VI. Infection 69 4.0
VII. Adverse effect medical agent 51 3.0
VIII. Metabolic or endocrine conditions 30 1.8
IX. Neurologic conditions (excluding cerebrovascular conditions) 26 1.5
Other 280 16.4
Total 1757 102.9
  1. *: Adds up to more than 100%, because family physicians recorded one final diagnosis for 1660 patients, two final diagnoses for 47 patients, and three final diagnoses for 1 patient (total of 1757 diagnoses)
  2. †: Including Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, labyrinthitis, Ménière's disease, and vestibular neuronitis