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cough syncope

 

Definition: fainting as a result of a coughing spell, caused by persistent increased intrathoracic pressure diminishing venous return to the heart, thus lowering cardiac output; most often occurs in heavy-set male smokers who have chronic bronchitis.

Synonym(s): Charcot vertigo, laryngeal vertigo, tussive syncope

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