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Swallow syncope: reflex or reflux?
  1. S Bajwa,
  2. J A D Stewart,
  3. S Treadwell,
  4. D R Lakhani
  1. Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK
  1. Dr S Bajwa, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Infirmary Square, Leicester LE1 5WW, UK; drsbajwa{at}


A 51-year-old man presented with symptoms of syncope on consuming solid foods. He had a 5 year history of intermittent symptoms on eating only solids and his cardiovascular investigations revealed bradycardia during food ingestion. He was treated by insertion of a pacemaker with cessation of his syncopal symptoms.

  • swallow syncope
  • deglutition syncope
  • gastro-oesophageal reflux
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  • Patient consent: Informed consent was obtained for publication of the patient’s details in this report.

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