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My 16 year old daughter just got a blood test and she passed out during the procedure. She then came to and passed out again. What scares me the most is that she looked like she was having a seizure the second time. The nurse said, oh she is ok, this happens all the time. Well, it doesn't to her and it scared me. Should I be worried?


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replied August 21st, 2009
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Dear Worried,

It may be that your daughter has a blood-injection phobia. 3 - 4% of the population has this specific phobia. Blood-injection phobias tend to run in families and are frequently accompanied by nausea, dizziness and/or fainting, which do not occur with other specific phobias. The fainting response is common and can be prevented by having your daughter lie down while receiving a blood test to prevent her heart rate and blood pressure from dropping.

I am not sure what you specifically mean when you suggest that your daughter appeared as if she was having a seizure (i.e., there are different types of seizures with various symptoms). Given that you are concerned, schedule an appointment with a qualified doctor to address her symptoms and rule out a neurological condition.


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