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Motor vehicle accident with complete loss of consciousness due to vasovagal syncope.
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PMID:  12477637     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Vasovagal syncope (VVS) is one of the most common causes of complete or partial loss of consciousness, thus it might cause harm to the patients themselves or innocent bystanders while driving a car. In our case report we introduce the case of a 60-year-old man who was admitted to hospital after a serious motor vehicle accident due to loss of consciousness. We demonstrate the process and results of complete cardiologic and neurological assessment. Our case report illustrates the importance of recognition of patients with a high risk for incapacitating symptoms due to VVS, and the use of head-up tilt-table tests to determine the diagnosis and to guide therapy with beta-blocking agents. As transient loss of consciousness during driving may cause potentially fatal accident, it has to be taken into consideration during decision making for issue of driving licenses to patients with VVS.
Emma Varga; Ferenc Wórum; Zoltán Szabó; Mihály Varga; István Lõrincz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Forensic science international     Volume:  130     ISSN:  0379-0738     ISO Abbreviation:  Forensic Sci. Int.     Publication Date:  2002 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-12-12     Completed Date:  2003-01-28     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7902034     Medline TA:  Forensic Sci Int     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  156-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2002 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.
Department of Medicine, Medical and Health Science Center, University of Debrecen, PO Box 19, Debrecen 4012, Hungary.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Traffic*
Adrenergic beta-Antagonists / therapeutic use
Metoprolol / therapeutic use
Middle Aged
Recurrence / prevention & control
Syncope, Vasovagal / complications*,  diagnosis,  therapy
Tilt-Table Test
Unconsciousness / etiology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Adrenergic beta-Antagonists; 37350-58-6/Metoprolol

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