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Vaso-Vagal Syndrome

From: Mindy Jordan


My 18 year old son fainted while having blood drawn at he doctor's office for mono testing. He appeared to have "seizures" during the 5 - 10 minutes he was incoherent. He clenched his fists, shook his body with his eyes rolled back in his head and made a loud snorting noise. He was taken by ambulence to the ER where they did a cat scan and diagnosed him with Vaso-Vagal Sydrome. This has never happened before, and I am scared that it could happen again. Could it have been anxiety about not feeling well and then having blood drawn and that maybe this will be an isolated incident? Is this syndrome commmon in teenagers? If anyone has any input, you can e-mail me at Thank you.

This web site is not a substitute for a thorough medical evaluation and diagnosis of your vaso-vagal type symptoms.  Medical treatment and diagnosis is the only acceptable initial response to these serious symptoms since they might present from any number of life threatening and treatable illnesses. It is for you and your physician to rule out more serious illnesses; Please don't use this online forum as an alternative to getting responsible medical attention and being under the care of a physician for the duration of any unknown, suspected or dangerous vaso-vagal syndrome symptoms.
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