Mal de debarquement
Other Names for this Disease
- Mal de debarquement syndrome
- Sickness of disembarkment
- Disembarkment syndrome
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 Although there is no known cure for mal de debarquement syndrome, there is evidence that some patients have responded positively to antidepressants or anti-seizure medications. Customized vestibular therapy and exercise routines may also be effective.Mal de debarquement syndrome is a balance disorder that most commonly develops following an ocean cruise or other type of water travel and less commonly following air travel, train travel, or other motion experiences. The symptoms typically reported include: persistent sensation of motion such as rocking, swaying, and/or bobbing, difficulty maintaining balance, anxiety, fatigue, unsteadiness, and difficulty concentrating. The symptoms may be last anywhere from a month to years. Symptoms may or may not go away with time; however, they may reoccur following another motion experience or during periods of stress or illness.
Last updated: 5/20/2015
- About Mal de Debarquement Syndrome. MdDS Balance Disorder Foundation. http://www.mddsfoundation.org/about-mdds/. Accessed 5/20/2015.
- Hain TC. Mal de Debarquement. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). 2012; http://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/mal-de-debarquement/.
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- Cha YH, Cui Y, Baloh RW. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for Mal de Debarquement Syndrome Otol Neurotol. 2013 Jan; 34(1):175-179.
- Dai M, Cohen B, Smouha E, Cho C. Readaptation of the Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex Relieves the Mal de Debarquement Syndrome Front Neurol. 2014 Jul 15; 5:124.