Neurologic - Vertigo

Apr 2014

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Decision Grid - Aerospace Medical Dispositions

Item 46. Neurologic - Vertigo or Disequilibrium22





Alternobaric Vertigo;

Hyperventilation Syndrome;

Meniere's Disease and Acute Peripheral Vestibulopathy;

Nonfunctioning Labyrinths; or

Orthostatic Hypotension
All Submit all pertinent medical records, current neurologic report, name and dosage of
medication(s) and side effects
Requires FAA Decision

22 Numerous conditions may affect equilibrium, resulting in acute incapacitation or varying degrees of chronic recurring spatial disorientation. Prophylactic use of medications also may cause recurring spatial disorientation and affect pilot performance. In most instances, further neurological evaluation will be required to determine eligibility for medical certification.

This page discussed the Vertigo or Disequillibrium portion of the Neurologic section of the Fight Physical Examination required of pilots.

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