Posts Tagged ‘syncope’

Abdominal Pain, Syncope, and Hypotension

Posted by • January 16th, 2015

In the latest Case Record of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a 25-year-old man was admitted to the hospital because of abdominal pain, syncope, and hypotension that occurred while he was lifting heavy boxes. An abdominal ultrasound examination revealed a hypoechoic lesion in the liver. A diagnostic test was performed. Rupture or leak of hydatid-cyst fluid due… Read More…

Patient with Syncope

Posted by • September 6th, 2013

In the latest article in our Clinical Problem-Solving review series, a 35-year-old man presented to the emergency department after having an episode of syncope while playing soccer. Loss of consciousness, which lasted only seconds, was preceded by a brief period of lightheadedness. The patient reported no nausea, diaphoresis, chest pain, or dyspnea. In the evaluation of… Read More…

Medicine in the Air – A Report on In-Flight Emergencies

Posted by • May 29th, 2013

On a recent flight back to Boston, the woman sitting next to me began to have a panic attack about half an hour before we landed. “Can’t deal with turbulence,” she whimpered, grasping my arm.   She closed her eyes and began to mumble a prayer. “It’ll be okay,” I said, trying to talk her down,… Read More…