Epley maneuver


Ep·​ley maneuver ˈe-plē- How to pronounce Epley maneuver (audio)
plural Epley maneuvers
: 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

Word History


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).

First Known Use

1994, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Epley maneuver was in 1994

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“Epley maneuver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Epley%20maneuver. Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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