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Mal de Débarquement Syndrome (MdDS) or Disembarkment Syndrome is a rare disorder of perceived motion that:

  • most often develops following an ocean cruise, other type of water travel, or motion experience including automobile, airplane, and train travel
  • for a few, there is no antecedent motion event; the onset appears to be spontaneous
  • is more common in women than men (~9:1)

Common symptoms include:

  • a persistent sensation of perceived motion, e.g., rocking, swaying, and/or bobbing
  • anxiety and/or depression
  • fatigue
  • difficulty maintaining balance
  • headache (including migraine)
  • impaired cognitive function
  • Symptom intensity is highly variable among patients but may be quite disabling
  • Patients are usually relieved when in motion, e.g., riding in a car

Unfortunately, MdDS:

  • may persist for months to years
  • is frequently misdiagnosed or undiagnosed
  • lacks an effective treatment or therapy
  • cause remains unknown

The MdDS Balance Disorder Foundation seeks to facilitate clinical studies and to unite investigators (both clinician and basic scientists) with an interest in studying this disorder.

If you are interested, please contact us.

Click here to learn about our Grants Program.

Yoon-Hee Cha, MD

Clinical Research Study
Yoon-Hee Cha, MD, was awarded a three year grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct clinical studies on Mal de Débarquement Syndrome.

The award to Dr. Cha (Functional Neuroimaging and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Mal de Debarquement) represents the inaugural use of US federal research dollars to investigate the cause and potential treatment of MdDS.

Watch a lecture on MdDS by Ron Tusa, MD …to better understand this disorder.

See results of MdDS Foundation
patient surveys to better understand this disorder.

ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code – Included under syndromes at http://www.icd10data.com/ICD10CM/Codes/R00-R99/R40-R46/R42-/R42