Applicability of the Dix-Hallpike test on benign paroxysmal positional vertigo: literature review

Geraedson Aristides da Silva, Jessiane Carneiro Gomes, Geraldo Magella Teixeira, Clistenis Clênio Cavalcante dos Santos, Almira Alves dos Santos


Objective; to analyze the applicability of the Dix-Hallpike maneuver on BPPV as a diagnostic method for the semicircular canals as well as its sensitivity. Methods: a literature review was performed using the following sourcing databases: LILACS, PubMed, SCIELO looking forpapers published in Portuguese, English and Spanish. The following searching strategy descriptors were used: vertigo, vestibular diseases and respiratory therapy techniques, being included publications between the years 2000 and 2017. Results: the results of the work were presented through a synoptic table and flowchart. Conclusion: There is still controversy regarding its sensitivity to the anterior and lateral canals, even if the maneuver, does not present sensitivity of 100%, its level of closeness provides security in the diagnosis of BPPV.


Vertigo; Vestibular Diseases; Physical Therapy Modalities; Dix-Hallpike test

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