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Syncope or seizure? The diagnostic value of synchronous tilt testing and video-EEG monitoring in children with transient loss of consciousness.
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PMID:  22459868     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Syncope and seizure are frequently encountered problems in daily neurology practice, and they also share common findings such as transient loss of consciousness and atonia. Sometimes, it is difficult to make a differentiation between the two entities using only clinical findings. In this study, nineteen patients aged between 5 and 20years who had recurrent transient loss of consciousness and occasional atonic events were examined with synchronous tilt testing and video-EEG recordings. Eleven patients were initially diagnosed with epilepsy, and they were given antiepileptic drugs. Eight patients displayed neurally mediated syncope during examination. Four of the eight patients had cardioinhibitory syncope type 2B. Three-fourths of the patients with syncope had been initially diagnosed with epilepsy and were prescribed antiepileptic drugs. One patient with cardioinhibitory syncope who had prolonged asystole and frequent attacks needed a cardiac pacemaker. Following implantation, she had no new attacks. Synchronous tilt testing and video-EEG recordings give more information than doing them separately, and they are helpful in the differential diagnosis of syncope and seizure.
S Gökben; S Yılmaz; E Levent; G Serdaroğlu; R Ozyürek
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epilepsy & behavior : E&B     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1525-5069     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-3-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100892858     Medline TA:  Epilepsy Behav     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Ege University Faculty of Medicine, Pediatrics Department, Child Neurology Division, Turkey.
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