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How to get a correct MdDS diagnosis?

One of the clear problems relating to MdDS (and other vestibular disorders) is the fact that is is very difficult for patients to get the correct diagnosis. In fact, the average MdDS patient needs 19 consultations from different caretakers before finally receiving the correct diagnosis.

Luckily a big step forward has been the drafting in December 2020 of a consensus document on the diagnostic criteria for Mal de Débarquement Syndrome (MdDS) by the Bárány Society, a leading international interdisciplinary society that facilitates contact between scientists and clinicians involved in vestibular research. This document explains to healthcare professionals how to recognise MdDS. It is not intended for use or interpretation by the general public, but if you think you may have an undiagnosed MdDS, it might be an idea to download the PDF and give it to your healthcare professional.

Logo of the Bárány Society

The Bárány Society is named after Robert Bárány, born in Vienna in 1876, who was a professor of otorhinolaryngology at the University of Uppsala, Sweden from 1926 to 1936. In 1914, Professor Bárány was awarded the Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking work on the physiology and pathology of the vestibular apparatus.

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