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Vol. 20 - Num. 80

Clinical Reviews

Hair-combing syncope

M.ª Ángeles Castellar Rechea, Carlos Iglesias Gómezb

aPediatra. CS Alcantarilla-Casco. Alcantarilla. Murcia. España.
bPediatra. CS Alcantarilla-Sangonera. Murcia. España.

Correspondence: MA Castellar. E-mail:

Reference of this article: Castellar Reche MA, Iglesias Gómez C. Hair-combing syncope. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2018;20:e117-e119.

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Syncope is a frequent clinical entity in Pediatrics, especially in adolescence. Vasovagal syncope is the most frequent type, of benign nature and caused by several triggers. Situational syncope is a special type which happen on concrete situations like hair care. Diagnosis is based on clinical history and physical exploration. We report the case of an 11 years old girl who suffered a brief loss of consciousness while her hair was combed, with later total recovery and normal physical exploration. Pediatricians must recognize this entity to make a correct treatment and inform patient and family, in order to reassure them and avoid unnecessary tests.


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