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dc.contributor.authorArandelovic, Ognjen
dc.identifier.citationArandelovic , O 2020 , ' Cold beverage-induced vasovagal syncope in a healthy young adult man : a case report ' , Journal of Medical Case Reports , vol. 14 , 37 .
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dc.description.abstractBackground Swallowing-induced syncope is rare and there are few case reports of it in the existing medical literature. Even rarer are instances involving young and healthy individuals, with no existing pre-conditions or apparent risk factors. Hence the value of such case reports in understanding the phenomenon better and potentially inferring patterns of practical interest is significant; here we describe an unusual case of a swallowing-induced syncope in a young, healthy, and active white man. Case presentation A healthy 32-year-old white man experienced a syncopal episode following the ingestion of a cold carbonated beverage on a hot day. He rapidly recovered consciousness and save for mild lightheadedness all ill effects disappeared within minutes. On examination no concerns were detected and he was discharged, with the cause being ascribed to esophageal stimulation effected vagus nerve overactivation. Conclusions The suddenness and unpredictability of swallowing-induced syncope make it a potentially dangerous condition, with risks both to the patient as well as, depending on the context, others. However, it is poorly understood due to its infrequency. The present case report adds to the body of much needed evidence which should help facilitate an improved understanding of the phenomenon.
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dc.subjectLoss of consciousnessen
dc.subjectVagus nerveen
dc.subjectRA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicineen
dc.titleCold beverage-induced vasovagal syncope in a healthy young adult man : a case reporten
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Computer Scienceen
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