A 28-year-old patient with neurofibromatosis-1 presented with syncope. The exam demonstrated a mass adjacent and inferior to the right occiput that extended to the posterior lateral right-sided neck. Initial invasive and noninvasive testing was negative. Imaging of her head and neck demonstrated a large neurofibroma enveloping her right carotid sinus without vessel occlusion or evidence of malignancy. An event recorder documented asystole. A pacemaker was implanted to avoid the surgical morbidity of removing the neck mass. The patient has since been free of syncope. We believe neurofibromatosis-1 should be included in the differential of syncope.
- Hypersensitive carotid sinus
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine