Through a retrospective study concerning the experience of our center in patients affected by Neurally Mediated reflex Syncope (NMS) we wanted to verify not only the diagnostic yield of the Implantable Loop Recorder (ILR) but its possible placebo therapeutic effect.
In the context of patients affected by a severe clinical presentation of NMS identified through a careful clinical evaluation, we selected those who followed a diagnostic iter using the ILR.
We analysed 84 patients (39 male and 45 female, mean age 71 years), during the period 2009-2013. 34 patients (40.5%) had no recurrences after a mean follow-up (FU) of 35 months, among these 17 concluded a FU of 4 years. 50 patients (59.5%) had recurrences and a specific diagnosis after an average period of 7 months.
We found an important number of patients who showed a disappearance of syncope during an observation period of 2-3 and 4 years. At first glance this results could be explained considering the possible placebo therapeutic effect of ILR.
Credits: Unterhuber M; Rauhe W; Sgobino P; Pescoller F; Manfrin M; Tomaino M