Dangerous noodle: A case of swallowing syncope and a review of 122 cases from the literature

Kensuke Uraguchi, Shin Kariya, Seiichiro Makihara, Aiko Oka, Hiroo Ueeda, Yohei Noda, Kazunori Nishizaki

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Swallowing syncope is a rare medical condition. Even though it has been known as a neurally mediated syncope, the definitive mechanism of this condition remains unclear. We show in this study an additional case of swallowing syncope and review the 122 reported cases from the literature. A 47-year-old Japanese man had been suffering from recurrent syncopal attacks, when he fainted immediately after swallowing. Holter electrocardiogram monitoring demonstrated a sinus pause (maximum R-R interval of 3.8 seconds) after he swallowed a noodle quickly. A permanent pacemaker was implanted because the frequency of syncope increased.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-148
Number of pages4
Journaljournal of arrhythmia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2019


  • deglutition
  • permanent pacemaker
  • sinus arrest
  • situational syncope
  • swallowing syncope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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