[Needle in the haystack - potentially dangerous syncope in childhood]

Pfammatter, J-P (2011). [Needle in the haystack - potentially dangerous syncope in childhood]. Praxis - schweizerische Rundschau für Medizin, 100(24), pp. 1487-91. Bern: Huber 10.1024/1661-8157/a000734

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Syncope is a frequently observed symptom in pediatrics with teenagers being the age group most often affected. In contrast to older age, organic cardiac causes of syncope in child-hood are observed in a minority of only 2-5% of cases, in their majority pediatric syncopes thus are neurocardiogenic in origin. The rare organic cardiac causes that may manifest with syncope are all potentially dangerous entities such as cardiomyopathies, genetic primary electrical disease and some forms of structural heart disease, as well as some other rare diseases such as e.g. primary pulmonary hypertension. These diseases have to be actively looked for or excluded. Guidelines recommend patient evaluation including history, physical examination and ECG, which is sufficient to sort out suspect cases after a syncopal episode.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Cardiology

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Pfammatter, Jean-Pierre








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04 Oct 2013 14:24

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05 Dec 2022 14:07

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/8390 (FactScience: 213920)

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