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A 26-year-old female asked about a 62-year-old male:

the patient gets coughing bouts resulting in loss of consciousness mostly during sleep. what can it be?

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Dr. Kevin Daly
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Syncope/cough: Severe coughing spasms can cause syncope (passing out). Someone prone to arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) can sometimes be thrown into an arrhythmia after a severe coughing spell. Either way they need to see a doctor right away to determine the cause of the cough. Fyi even adults can get whooping cough which is characterized by severe coughing spasms sometimes causing syncope.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Reactive Airways: Most likely acid vapor induced bronchospasm due to gerd.

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