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Age Ageing. 2006 Jul;35(4):446-7.

Atishoo! Atishoo! we all fall down!

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  • Department of Geriatric Medicine, Bantry General Hospital, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland. brian.carey@mailp.hse.ie


We report the unusual case of an elderly lady with glaucoma and sneeze syncope because of transient complete atrioventricular block, who had resolution of syncopal and pre-syncopal symptoms following removal of her beta-blocker eyedrops. This case suggests a previously unrecognised pathophysiology in sneeze syncope and illustrates the potential problems associated with the systemic absorption of beta-blocker eyedrops as well as the ingenuity of older patients when participating in the investigation of their own illnesses.

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  • Drops and falls. [Age Ageing. 2006]
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