European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology

, Volume 275, Issue 10, pp 2449–2455 | Cite as

Therapeutic efficacy of the Galletti–Contrino manoeuvre for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo of vertical semicircular canals in overweight subjects

  • Francesco Ciodaro
  • Valentina Katia Mannella
  • Rita Angela Nicita
  • Giovanni CammarotoEmail author
  • Rocco Bruno
  • Bruno Galletti
  • Francesco Freni
  • Francesco Galletti



To compare the Galletti–Contrino manoeuvre with the more widely used Semont–Toupet in overweight subjects presenting with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPBV) of vertical semicircular canals (posterior and anterior canals).

Study design

Prospective cohort study.


204 patients (BMI range 25–30) with a diagnosis of BPPV of vertical semicircular canals were randomly divided in two groups treated with two different maneuvers: Galletti–Contrino (Group A) and Semont–Toupet manoeuvre (Group B). The results were compared with those obtained from a control group (204 non-overweight subjects with BPV of vertical semicircular canals.)


Galletti Contrino/ Semont Toupet manoeuvres.

Main outcome measure(s)

Liberatory nystagmus or vertigo after maximum 2 maneuvers. Vertigo and dizziness intensity scores (Visual analogue scale VAS 0–10) from day 0 to day 5 following the repositioning manoeuvre were also recorded in responsive patients.


While in non-overweight subjects no significant difference comparing the effectiveness of the two manoeuvres was found, liberatory nystagmus and vertigo were more frequently observed after Galletti Contrino manoeuvre in overweight subjects; this difference was statistically significant when posterior canals were involved (P < 0.03). Vertigo and dizziness VAS scores reduced significantly from day 0 to day 5 after therapy in all groups. A more significant reduction of dizziness VAS was recorded in patients undergoing Galletti–Contrino manoeuvre at days 4–5 (P < 0.005).


Galletti–Contrino manoeuvre seems to be significantly more effective than Semont–Toupet manoeuvre in the treatment of BPPV of posterior semicircular canal and may be preferential in patients with limited body movements.


BPPV Manoeuvre 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

All authors declare no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OtorhinolaryngologyUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly
  2. 2.Department of OtorhinolaryngologyMorgagni Pierantoni HospitalForlìItaly

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