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Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 568983, 3 pages
Case Report

Breakfast Time Blackouts

1Hurstwood Park Neurosciences Centre, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 4EX, UK
2Department of Neurology, St George’s Hospital, Tooting, London SW17 0QT, UK

Received 12 May 2014; Revised 6 September 2014; Accepted 8 September 2014; Published 18 September 2014

Academic Editor: Peter Berlit

Copyright © 2014 Andrew W. Barritt and Bridget K. MacDonald. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We present the case of a 16-year-old girl who suffered from repeated episodes of collapse and loss of consciousness which could be provoked by undertaking a stretching manoeuvre comprising a combined breath hold and neck torsion. A review of the literature is provided on other cases of so-called “stretch syncope” which appears to be a rare form of reflex syncope affecting patients in adolescence.