Syncope is a frequent presenting complaint in the emergency department and is associated with significant medical costs. We examined the utility of inpatient evaluation of syncope for patients in whom a diagnosis was not established in the emergency department. We retrospectively reviewed consecutive patients presenting with syncope to an urban tertiary care medical center. A diagnosis was not established after initial evaluation in the emergency department in 171 of 230 patients admitted. In hospital evaluation led to a diagnosis in 26 patients. Acute intervention was required in 2 patients. Our observations suggest that an inpatient evaluation of syncope for patients in whom a diagnosis is not made on initial evaluation is of low yield, and outpatient follow-up may be safe.
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- Emergency Medicine