Postgrad Med J 83:478-480 doi:10.1136/pgmj.2006.055046
  • Review

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome

  1. A K Agarwal1,
  2. R Garg2,
  3. A Ritch1,
  4. P Sarkar1
  1. 1City Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2University Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Anil K Agarwal
 DGM Building, City Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham B18 7QH, UK; anilabliuk{at}
  • Received 4 November 2006
  • Accepted 20 March 2007


Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is an autonomic disturbance which has become better understood in recent years. It is now thought to encompass a group of disorders that have similar clinical features, such as orthostatic intolerance, but individual distinguishing parameters—for example, blood pressure and pulse rate. The clinical picture, diagnosis, and management of POTS are discussed.


  • Conflict of interest: None