Consciousness is defined as the ability to maintain awareness of self and of the environment. Unconsciousness is a condition in which this ability is lost and there is a marked reduced responsiveness to environmental stimuli (Adams et al. Principles of neurology, 6th edn. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1997, pp 344—345). Loss of consciousness (LOC) can last briefly and resolve with no clinical intervention, be prolonged until a specific cause is treated and then be followed by a complete recovery or neurological symptoms, or sustain indefinitely. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence defines transient loss of consciousness (T-LOC) as a brief and spontaneous loss of consciousness with complete recovery (Cooper et al., Ann Intern Med 155:543—549, 2001). The purpose of this chapter is to describe briefly the causes of transient loss of consciousness and then more thoroughly the possible aetiologies of syncope.

Definition and classification of transient loss of consciousness / L. Furlan, G. Costantino, M. Solbiati, P. Alboni - In: Vasovagal Syncope / [a cura di] P. Alboni, R. Furlan. - [s.l] : Springer International Publishing, 2015. - ISBN 9783319091013. - pp. 27-39 [10.1007/978-3-319-09102-0_3]

Definition and classification of transient loss of consciousness

Furlan L.;Costantino G.;Solbiati M.;
2015

Abstract

Consciousness is defined as the ability to maintain awareness of self and of the environment. Unconsciousness is a condition in which this ability is lost and there is a marked reduced responsiveness to environmental stimuli (Adams et al. Principles of neurology, 6th edn. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1997, pp 344—345). Loss of consciousness (LOC) can last briefly and resolve with no clinical intervention, be prolonged until a specific cause is treated and then be followed by a complete recovery or neurological symptoms, or sustain indefinitely. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence defines transient loss of consciousness (T-LOC) as a brief and spontaneous loss of consciousness with complete recovery (Cooper et al., Ann Intern Med 155:543—549, 2001). The purpose of this chapter is to describe briefly the causes of transient loss of consciousness and then more thoroughly the possible aetiologies of syncope.
Classification; Syncope; T-Loc; Transient Loss Of Consciousness
Settore MED/09 - Medicina Interna
Settore MED/11 - Malattie dell'Apparato Cardiovascolare
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