Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS) wiki

Mal de Debarquement syndrome (MdDS) is persistent dizziness, disequilibrium and rocking sensation (like being on a boat) on return to a stable environment (land) following motion adaptation. ‘Sea legs’ or ‘land sickness’ is a common sensation after being aboard an ocean liner cruise for a period of time.


Selected as a 2018 Spotlight finalist, the Research Topic has been a towering success.

“With another promising cure already in clinical trials, and powerful new diagnostic techniques, the volume has already received more than 80 citations, 67,000 article views and 8,700 article downloads.

The MdDS cure has also been celebrated in The Washington Post.

Professor Bernard Cohen explains why he and fellow clinician-scientists Dr Richard Lewis and Dr Jose Antonio Lopez-Escamez launched this Research Topic, some of its outcomes, and how winning the 2018 Frontiers Spotlight Award would help sufferers of balance disorders worldwide.”

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Drs Mingjia Dai, Bernard Cohen, Eric Smoutha and Catherine Cho, Department of Neurology and Otolaryngology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA, first published their groundbreaking and original research work in Frontiers of Neurology – “Readaptation of the vestibulo-ocular reflex relieves the mal de debarquement syndrome” (2014) [1]. They have also published the study “Treatment of the Mal de Debarquement Syndrome: A 1-year follow-up also in Frontiers of Neurology” (2017) [2].

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Their findings were published online in the July issue of Frontiers in Neurology.

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Timothy C. Hain, MD

As stated on Tim’s website, “To our knowledge, the first reference to the syndrome was made by Erasmus Darwin, in 1796. He wrote:

“Those, who have been upon the water in a boat or ship so long, that they have acquired the necessary habits of motion upon that unstable element, at their return on land frequently think in their reveries, or between sleeping and waking, that they observe the room, they sit in, or some of its furniture, to librate like the motion of the vessel. This I have experienced myself, and have been told, that after long voyages, it is some time before these ideas entirely vanish. The same is observable in a less degree after having travelled some days in a stage coach, and particularly when we lie down in bed, and compose ourselves to sleep; in this case it is observable, that the rattling noise of the coach, as well as the undulatory motion, haunts us. ” (Darwin, 1796).

The MdDS Foundation promotes international awareness of Mal de Débarquement Syndrome (MdDS), a chronic neurological disorder causing the feeling of rocking and swaying.

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