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A tilt table test helps find the cause of unexplained fainting spells known as syncope.
Syncope may occur often or rarely, depending on the cause.
Causes of syncope may include:
When your child has episodes of syncope, the doctor will assess his or her medical history and perform a physical exam.
If the exam doesn't reveal a potential cause for the syncope — and your child has no history of heart problems — then the doctor might schedule a tilt table test.
The tilt table test attempts to identify the cause for your child's onset of syncope by making changes in posture from lying to standing.
During a tilt table test at the Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, your child will lie flat on a special bed or table while connected to EKG and blood pressure monitors.
Then, we will:
Once your child's doctor knows the cause of the syncope, he or she can then prescribe specific treatment.
To make an appointment or learn more about tilt table testing, contact the Heart Institute at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC at 412-692-5540.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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