What is the role of radiography in the workup of syncope?

Updated: Jan 13, 2017
  • Author: Rumm Morag, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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In elderly patients and in patients who are debilitated, pneumonia is common, easily diagnosed, and treatable and may precipitate syncope. Pneumonia may occur in the absence of fever, leukocytosis, and symptoms in this population.

Evaluation of a select number of etiologies of syncope may be aided by chest radiography. Pneumonia, congestive heart failure (CHF), lung mass, effusion, and widened mediastinum can all be seen if present and may guide therapy.


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