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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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PACE, Alejandro E.  and  SCAGLIONE, Jorge. Síncope en pediatría (Parte 1): etiología, diagnóstico y tratamiento del lactante al adolescente. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2004, vol.102, n.5, pp.344-352. ISSN 0325-0075.

Syncope is a relatively common complaint among children and adolescents. Derived from the Greek word syncoptein which means "to cut off", it refers to a transient loss of postural tone and consciousness with spontaneous recovery. Both syndrome and symptom, it has been estimated that one to five children will have a syncopal episode by reaching adulthood. Syncope produces a tremendous amount of anxiety among parents, athletic and school officers, frequently impairing patient's lifestyle. Epidemiology, causes and clinical presentation are discussed below.

Keywords : Pediatric syncope; Causes; Clinical presentation.

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