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Vasovagal episode during Colonoscopy

From: Ron


I attempted to have a colonoscopy recently. Upon waking from the anesthetic, I exhibited the sweating and paleness of a vasovagal syncope response. I have found that there is a "situational syncope" description that also mentions colonoscopy. Please, is there anyone out there who also believes they have had a vasovagal response during a colonoscopy? I also read that there may be "permanent problems" (ie, brain damage, death) associated with this response during colonoscopy if not handled properly by the gastro MD or an assistant.

Thanks! Ron

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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