Fainting and Funny Turns: Part 1

May 31, 2012

William Maclean, M.Sc. Chin. Med.

Fainting is a sudden, brief loss of consciousness. The episode may be preceded by a variety of symptoms such as dizziness, hyperventilation, the feeling that one is sinking, or that everything is getting louder. Fainting may also occur without warning, in which case it is known as a drop attack. A “funny turn” or “turn” is a colloquial term used by patients to describe an event involving a sudden change of consciousness, without loss of consciousness.

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