"Suffocation roulette": A case of recurrent syncope in an adolescent boy

Gil Z. Shlamovitz*, Ayala Assia, Liat Ben-Sira, Avinoam Rachmel

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We present the case of a 12-year-old boy admitted with a complaint of recurrent syncopal episodes. A careful history taking revealed the cause of the syncopal episodes to be a dangerous game played by adolescents called "suffocation roulette." We believe that recognition of this game as a possible cause of syncopal events, together with prompt educative intervention, might prevent adolescent morbidity and mortality and also might eliminate the need for unnecessary medical investigations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-226
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Emergency Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2003


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