Fortschr Neurol Psychiatr 2016; 84(03): 134-136
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-103424
© Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Auch Grundschulkinder haben Höhenschwindel

Fear of Heights in Primary School Children
D. Huppert
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Publication Date:
30 March 2016 (online)


Die Lebenszeitprävalenz von Höhenschwindel beträgt bei Erwachsenen 28 Prozent. Bei Grundschulkindern findet sich, wie kürzlich gezeigt wurde, eine Häufigkeit von 34 Prozent. Auslöser und Symptome sind bei Kindern und Erwachsenen ähnlich. Ein wesentlicher Unterschied der kindlichen visuellen Höhenintoleranz ist die gute Prognose mit meist spontaner Remission innerhalb weniger Jahre, möglicherweise gefördert durch wiederholte Exposition auslösender Reizsituationen.


The life-time prevalence of visual height intolerance in adults is 28 percent, whereas in primary school children, as recently shown, it develops in 34 percent. Triggers and symptoms are similar in children and adults. A significant difference in visual height intolerance of prepubertal children compared to adults is the good prognosis with mostly spontaneous remission within a few years, possibly facilitated by repeated exposure to the triggering situations.

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