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Transient Loss of Consciousness (‘Blackouts’) Management in Adults and Young People

NICE Clinical Guidelines, No. 109

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There are a number of existing guidelines, for epilepsy, falls and cardiac arrhythmias; which all relate to transient loss of consciousness (TLoC), but there is no guideline which addresses the initial assessment and management of patients who blackout. As such patients may come under the care of a range of clinicians, the lack of a clear pathway contributes to their misdiagnosis, and inappropriate treatment.

This guideline aims to define the appropriate pathways for the initial assessment of these patients, and so to derive the correct underlying diagnosis quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively, and tailor the management plan to suit their true diagnosis.

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Westby M, Davis S, Bullock I, Miller P, Cooper P, Turnbull N, Beal R, Braine M, Fear J, Goodwin M, Grünewald R, Jelen P Pawelec J, Petkar S, Pitcher D, Pottle A, Rogers G, Swann G (2010) Transient loss of consciousness (‘blackouts’) management in adults and young people. London: National Clinical Guideline Centre for Acute and Chronic Conditions, Royal College of Physicians.

Copyright © National Clinical Guideline Centre for Acute and Chronic Conditions, 2010.
Bookshelf ID: NBK63820PMID: 22279636
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