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Cardiology Research and Practice
Volume 2011, Article ID 678237, 5 pages
Case Report

Recurrent Syncope in a Cancer Patient: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, University of Texas at Houston, 6431 Fannin Street MSB 1.246 Houston, TX 77054, USA

Received 15 October 2010; Revised 3 January 2011; Accepted 24 January 2011

Academic Editor: Syed Wamique Yusuf

Copyright © 2011 Jyoti Sharma and Anne H. Dougherty. 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.


A 59-year-old male with invasive squamous cell carcinoma of the left preauricular region, treated with several chemotherapy regimens and radiation therapy, was admitted for recurrent syncopal episodes. He was found to be suffering from neurocardiogenic reflex-mediated syncope secondary to mechanical compression of the carotid baroreceptors and glossopharyngeal nerve by the tumor. We discuss the pathophysiology of this case and the available treatment options.