Review of the Evaluation and Treatment of Vasovagal Reactions in Outpatient Procedures

Wesley J. Wu, Leonard Harry Goldberg, Marc K. Rubenzik, Blake R. Zelickson

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BACKGROUND: A vasovagal reaction is a commonly encountered event in outpatient procedures. There is a paucity of discussion on vasovagal reactions (VVRs) in the dermatologic surgery literature. However, recent investigations in the physiology, evaluation, and treatment of VVRs have been reported in other specialties. OBJECTIVE: A comprehensive review of the physiology, evaluation, treatment, and prevention of VVRs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A search as performed using the PubMed/MEDLINE databases. Search terms included "vasovagal," "vasovagal reaction," "syncope," "reflex syncope," "neurocardiogenic syncope," and "fainting." RESULTS: Studies demonstrate greater understanding in the physiology of a vasovagal reaction. Although permanent sequelae are uncommon, it is important to respond in a prompt manner. A variety of treatment and prevention options are presented. CONCLUSION: Vasovagal reactions should be carefully evaluated. Additional studies may provide greater data in understanding and managing vasovagal reactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1483-1488
Number of pages6
JournalDermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology


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