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Fifteen-minute consultation on limiting investigations in the fainting child
  1. Michael Harris,
  2. Frances Bu'Lock
  1. Department of Paediatric Cardiology, University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michael Harris, Paediatric Cardiology, University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust, Glenfield Hospital, Groby Road, Leicester LE3 9QP, UK; michaeljharris{at}


Syncope can be a dramatic and frightening experience for the patient and onlookers. It can also be a confusing area for doctors, with a lack of diagnostic certainty and a differential that ranges from the completely benign to the life-threatening. This is a tricky area for clinicians, who can find it difficult to reassure their patients and their families. The aim of this article is to present a clear scheme for appropriate investigation and referral of paediatric patients with syncope. The aim of investigations in such cases should be to confirm or exclude serious, life-threatening causes of syncope.

  • Accident & Emergency
  • Cardiology
  • Circulatory
  • General Paediatrics
  • Neurology

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