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Collapse Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Collapse. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. When did the collapse occur?
  2. How long did the collapse last?

    Why: e.g. a rapid return to alertness following a brief period of unconsciousness is characteristic of syncope or simple faint; drop attacks are episodes in which people suddenly fall to the ground and then immediately pick themselves up due to sudden attacks of weakness in the legs caused by vertebrobasilar insufficiency, Parkinson's disease or epilepsy.

  3. Were there warning symptoms before the collapse?

    Why: E.g. syncope or simple faint is preceded by warning symptoms of dizziness, faintness or true vertigo.

  4. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. diabetes, hypothyroidism, hepatic failure, renal failure, heart arrhythmias, epilepsy, Addison's disease.

  5. Medications?

    Why: overdose of prescribed medication may be the cause e.g. tranquilizers, antidepressants, pain relief medications.

  6. Illegal drug history?

    Why: may suggest drug overdose as cause of collapse e.g. amphetamines; may also be drug withdrawal e.g. benzodiazepines.

  7. Alcohol history?

    Why: may suggest alcohol excess, alcohol withdrawal or hepatic failure as cause.

  8. Fever?

    Why: suggests severe infection as cause of collapse e.g. septicemia, pelvic inflammatory disease, peritonitis, pancreatitis. May also suggest heat exhaustion in people who are not acclimatized that have undertaken heavy exercise.

  9. Abdominal pain?

    Why: may suggest gastroenteritis, peptic ulcer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, pancreatitis, gall bladder disease, ectopic pregnancy, intestinal obstruction, intestinal ischemia or hernia.

  10. Shortness of breath?

    Why: may suggest pulmonary embolism, pneumonia or tension pneumothorax.

  11. Seizure activity?

    Why: may suggest epilepsy, brain cancer, meningitis, stroke, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia.

  12. Headache?

    Why: may suggest brain tumor, brain hemorrhage, meningitis, encephalitis.

  13. Palpitations?

    Why: may suggest complete heart block, sick sinus syndrome, ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation all which may cause collapse.

  14. Symptoms of pregnancy?

    Why: e.g. missed periods, nausea, tender breasts - may suggest ectopic pregnancy as cause.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Collapse:

The following list of conditions have 'Collapse' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Collapse:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Collapse' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.

 

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