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Mal de debarquement


Other Names for this Disease
  • MdDS
  • Mal de debarquement syndrome
  • Sickness of disembarkment
  • Disembarkment syndrome
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Treatment

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How might mal de debarquement syndrome be treated?

Treatment options for mal de debarquement syndrome (MdDS) are limited.[1][2][3][4] Most drugs that work for other forms of dizziness do not work for MdDS. On some cases, medications classified as vestibular suppressants, such as anti-depressants and anti-seizure medications, may be used.[5] Customized vestibular therapy like optokinetic stimulation has been effective in some cases.[5][2] In recent years, a renewed interest in understanding the underlying cause of MdDS has led to new treatment options, including repetitive cranial stimulation.[3] More studies into these treatment options are needed.
Last updated: 11/26/2015

References
  1. Cha YH. Mal de debarquement syndrome: new insights. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2015 Apr; 1343:63-8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25726862. Accessed 11/26/2015.
  2. 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. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4097942/. Accessed 11/26/2015.
  3. Cha YH, Cui Y, Baloh RW. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for Mal de Debarquement Syndrome. Otol Neurotol. 2013 Jan; 34(1):175-179. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3529198/. Accessed 11/26/2015.
  4. Shou G, Yuan H, Urbano D, Cha YH, Ding L. Changes of symptom and EEG in mal de debarquement syndrome patients after repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation over bilateral prefrontal cortex: a pilot study. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2014; 2014:4294-7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25570942. Accessed 11/26/2015.
  5. Hain TC. Mal de Debarquement. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). 2012; http://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/mal-de-debarquement/.


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Other Names for this Disease
  • MdDS
  • Mal de debarquement syndrome
  • Sickness of disembarkment
  • Disembarkment syndrome
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.