Epley maneuver

Ep·​ley maneuver | \ ˈe-plē- How to pronounce Epley maneuver (audio) \
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Definition of Epley maneuver

: a procedure to treat benign paroxysmal positional vertigo that involves manipulating the head in a series of distinct movements in order to reposition calcium carbonate crystals of the inner ear that have become dislodged from the utricle and entered the semicircular canals The Epley maneuver repositions the crystals so they no longer interfere with normal balance mechanisms.— Andrew Weil

First Known Use of Epley maneuver

1994, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Epley maneuver

after John M. Epley born 1930, American otologist who developed it

Note: The first full published description of the maneuver by Epley was "The Canalith Repositioning Procedure: For Treatment of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo," Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, vol. 107, issue 3 (September 1, 1992), pp. 399-404. The procedure, however, was first demonstrated before a medical audience in October, 1980 (see The Sunday Oregonian, December 31, 2006, pp. A1, A10).

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