Testing & diagnosis for syncope in children

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Should my child be seen by a doctor after fainting? 

Some types of syncope are caused by a serious problem, so we recommend that your child be seen by a doctor to determine the cause of all fainting spells. 

During your appointment, your child's doctor will obtain a medical history and perform a physical examination. The details about the syncopal episodes are helpful in pinpointing the cause:

  • how often they occur
  • what activity your child was doing before fainting
  • if he had any presyncopal sensations

Blood pressure may be taken in sitting and standing positions to check for orthostatic hypotension. 

Other diagnostic tests may include:   

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