Swallow syncope

Can Med Assoc J. 1985 Jun 1;132(11):1281-4.


Swallowing is considered a rare cause of syncope. The five patients described in this report had a spectrum of gastrointestinal tract or cardiovascular disease. For each patient there was a clear association between swallowing and the onset of syncope. Prompt diagnosis of this potentially lethal condition is essential, and electrocardiographic monitoring during swallowing is advisable in all cases in which syncope is suspected.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Bradycardia / etiology
  • Deglutition*
  • Electrocardiography
  • Female
  • Heart Block / etiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pacemaker, Artificial
  • Syncope / diagnosis
  • Syncope / etiology*
  • Syncope / therapy