Cerebral syncope in children

J Pediatr. 2000 Apr;136(4):542-4. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3476(00)90021-0.


We report a child with recurrent syncopal episodes who underwent head-up tilt testing according to a protocol that includes continuous and noninvasive measurement of brain oxygen saturation. We demonstrated significant cerebral hypoxemia during syncope without concomitant systemic hemodynamic disturbances. This response to head-up tilt test suggested the diagnosis of cerebral syncope.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Blood Pressure Determination
  • Child
  • Electrocardiography
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Spectroscopy, Near-Infrared
  • Syncope, Vasovagal / diagnosis*
  • Syncope, Vasovagal / physiopathology
  • Tilt-Table Test