Mount Sinai Human Balance Laboratory

Treatment of MdDS

We have treated more than 240 MdDS patients.

The treatment procedures are based on our previous human studies: Readaptation of the Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex Relieves the Mal De Debarquement Syndrome. By  Dai M, Cohen B, Smouha E, Cho C, Frontiers in Neurology;5:124. 2014. Since then, the original protocol, however, has been modified and tailored specifically for individuals depending on their etiologies and symptoms.  When you come for the treatment, we will first exam and test you for the best intervention.

The goal of our treatment is to reduce and eliminate MdDS related symptoms. The clinical significance was defined by a reduction of overall subjective symptoms by over 50% on a 10-pt scale. Static posturography is also used to have an objective measure of improvement. Overall, we have about 75% successful rare on classic MdDS and 45% successful rate on spontaneous MdDS. These outcomes from our patients have been published in our papers and meeting abstracts shown in this web site.

To prevent a relapse or reversion: Although it is rare, it is possible that there is a reversion when traveling back home or a relapse due to stressful or motion events, To prevent a reversion when you are traveling, you can take a Benzo medication prior to the flight. We will also provide you with a home treatment option in case you need it.