As the first hospital in Europe Rigshospitalet offers a new treatment for diseases of dizziness.With the new Epley Omniax-chair (which was donated to the clinic by AP Møller Family Foundation), it is possible to treat otoliths, which is one of the major causes of diseases of dizziness.
Facts about the otolithsOtoliths is also called ' benign positional vertigo'. Sometimes lime crystals will detach and move into one of the inner ear's three archways and thus prevent the semicicular canals' natural fluid movements when the head is rotated. This causes the patient to detect a wrong signal from the inner ear and become dizzy.
Reference to the treatmentIf you reside outside of the Capital Region, one must be referred from an ear, nose and throat specialist or an ear, nose and throat department.
We point out that many cases of the disease could be effectively treated in a department specialising in ear diseases. If you reside in the Capital Region, you can refer directly from the practitioner.
Waiting time for treatmentThere is currently several months waiting time for treatment. We are working on increasing the number of treatments to reduce waiting.
Epley Omniax Chair
The vestibular unit at Rigshospital’s ENT department is the first in Europe to offer testing and treatment on the Epley Omniax Chair.
The Epley Omniax Chair is designed for differential diagnostic screening of positional vertigo and, primarily, specialized testing and treatment of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). Commonly known as loose or displaced ear rocks (crystals) in the inner ear, BPPV is now understood to be one of the most common causes of dizziness, one which can often be treated successfully through manual manipulation by an ENT specialist.
The Epley Omniax Chair is intended for those complicated cases and variant forms of BPPV that do not respond to standard manual maneuvers. Residents of the Capital Region of Denmark (Region Hovedstad) may be referred directly by their general practitioner; however, for those living outside the central region, a referral from an ENT specialist or local ENT hospital department is required. Rigshospital’s chair was generously donated by the A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller (Maersk) Foundation.