Syncope from radiation-induced baroreceptor failure

Scott E. Janus, Taishi Hirai, Verghese Mathew, Mark Rabbat

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Orthostatic hypotension has a vast differential that has been previously described throughout the literature. However, baroreceptor failure as a sequela of head and neck radiation is not often recognised as an important cause of dramatic haemodynamic variability. As a result, individuals suffering from baroreceptor failure likely have been undertreated. Herein, we report a case of a patient with a history of radiation to the neck for squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue and resultant baroreceptor failure resulting in syncope.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number221925
JournalBMJ Case Reports
StatePublished - Oct 11 2017
Externally publishedYes



  • cardiovascular medicine
  • cardiovascular system
  • clinical neurophysiology
  • drugs and medicines
  • neurology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Janus, S. E., Hirai, T., Mathew, V., & Rabbat, M. (2017). Syncope from radiation-induced baroreceptor failure. BMJ Case Reports, 2017, [221925].