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A case of nocturnal fainting: Supine vasovagal syncope

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Steve Parry


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Supine loss of consciousness is a relatively rare occurrence prompting investigations for underlying causes as diverse as cardiac arrhythmia, hypoglycaemia and nocturnal epilepsy. Neurally mediated syncope is rarely implicated as the cause of symptoms in supine loss of consciousness because of the absence of orthostatic stress and gravitational relative preservation of cerebral perfusion, but we report here on a case of recurrent, atypical and troublesome vasovagal syncope occurring at night while supine. Diagnosis aided by head-up tilt table testing and conservative management brought about complete resolution of symptoms. © The European Society of Cardiology 2007. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Marrison VK, Parry SW

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Europace

Year: 2007

Volume: 9

Issue: 9

Pages: 835-836

ISSN (print): 1099-5129

ISSN (electronic): 1532-2092

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/europace/eum095

PubMed id: 17562749


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