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Computed Tomography Scan Radiation Overdose: a Case Discussion of Recurrent Neurocardiogenic Syncope Underwent to 112 Brain Computed Tomography Scans in Three Years
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 1, Issue 1, March 2013, Pages: 47-50
Received: Apr. 4, 2013; Published: Mar. 10, 2013
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Behçet Al, Emergency Department of Medicine School in Gaziantep Üniversitesi, Turkey
Suleyman Ercan, Cardiology Department of Medicine School in Gaziantep Üniversitesi, Turkey
Suat Zengin, Emergency Department of Medicine School in Gaziantep Üniversitesi, Turkey
Vedat Davutoglu, Cardiology Department of Medicine School in Gaziantep Üniversitesi, Turkey
Hasan Kiliç, Emergency Department of Medicine School in Gaziantep Üniversitesi, Turkey
Remzi Yigiter, Neurology Department of Gaziantep Avukat Cengiz State Hospital, Turkey
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Abstract
A 32-year-old female patient who was diagnosed with mixed type neurocardiogenic syncope and used to have epileptic seizures 4-6 times per day, admitted to emergency rooms with headache, dizziness, syncope, and post-ictal syndromes, and was exposed to high doses of radiation will be discussed in this study together with radiation overdose. Despite her diagnosis was certain, due to inadequate uptake of the medical history and incomplete physical examination, the patient had a total of 112 computed tomography scans within the past 36 months, 80% of which were performed in emergency services. Our purpose of presenting this case is to draw attention to the fact that treating patients in emergency services without learning full medical history of patients and without completing proper physical examination may prompt more detailed investigation then required. To our knowledge of the literature, there is no other case admitted to the emer-gency rooms due to syncope and exposed to such high doses of ionizing radiation.
Keywords
Radiation Overdose, Syncop, Computed Tomography Scan, Emergency Department
To cite this article
Behçet Al, Suleyman Ercan, Suat Zengin, Vedat Davutoglu, Hasan Kiliç, Remzi Yigiter, Computed Tomography Scan Radiation Overdose: a Case Discussion of Recurrent Neurocardiogenic Syncope Underwent to 112 Brain Computed Tomography Scans in Three Years, Science Journal of Public Health. Vol. 1, No. 1, 2013, pp. 47-50. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.20130101.18
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