Frequent Falls

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Bret Mobley

Bret Mobley, MD, MS (Neuropathology)

Dr. Mobley graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, completing a masters degree in neuroscience between his second and third years of medical school. He trained as a resident in pathology at Stanford University Hospital before joining the faculty of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville Tennessee in 2010. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018 and to Neuropathology Division Director in 2020.

Shohei Harase

Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

Dr. Harase spent his junior and senior high school years in Finland and the U.S. After graduating from the University of Washington (Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology), he worked for Apple Japan Inc. before entering the University of the Ryukyus School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, where he received the Best Resident Award in 2016 and 2017. In 2021, he joined the Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, specializing in hyperacute stroke.

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Content updated on Jan 4, 2023

About the symptom

Frequent falls are recurrent falls, worrisome for a medical condition. A "near fall" is when a person is about to fall but avoids falling, for example by holding onto a nearby object. Near falls are also worrisome for an underlying medical condition.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Frequent falls

Possible causes

  • Alcoholic liver disease

    Liver damage caused by overconsumption of alcohol.

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

    This is also known as ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, or motor neuron disease. This is a progressive, degenerative condition that affects the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord, resulting in loss of muscle control, eventually leading to difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. The exact cause is unknown. It could be due to genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors.

  • Hydrocephalus

    Hydrocephalus is accumulation of fluid in the cavities deep within the brain, resulting in increased pressure on the brain and brain damage. It's most common in infants and older adults.

  • Striatal substantia nigra degeneration

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you feel that you fall over or slip more often?

  • Do you have slurred speech?

  • Do you have double vision?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you feel any numbness or change in sensation?

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Reviewed By:

Bret Mobley

Bret Mobley, MD, MS (Neuropathology)

Dr. Mobley graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, completing a masters degree in neuroscience between his second and third years of medical school. He trained as a resident in pathology at Stanford University Hospital before joining the faculty of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville Tennessee in 2010. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018 and to Neuropathology Division Director in 2020.

Shohei Harase

Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

Dr. Harase spent his junior and senior high school years in Finland and the U.S. After graduating from the University of Washington (Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology), he worked for Apple Japan Inc. before entering the University of the Ryukyus School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, where he received the Best Resident Award in 2016 and 2017. In 2021, he joined the Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, specializing in hyperacute stroke.

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