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Galastic Syncope (Laughter Induced Syncope) (Passing Out With Laughter) Print E-mail

Dr. Kennedy Galastic syncope (laughter-induced syncope) involves a sustained Valsalva pressure from uncontrolled laughing which temporarily stops blood flow through the brain and causes fainting (syncope). This is also called "laughter-induced syncope." Unless there is another complicating disorder, it is self-correcting as blood flow is restored after the syncopal episode stops the laughing and the attendant Valsalva pressure and blood flow to the brain is restored. It can present a danger if the "victim" is driving a car or operating other machinery which does not mix well with temporary loss of consciousness. I experienced this once and the last thought I had before I blacked out was "This laughing is going to kill me.?



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