The presyncope stage may occur for only a few seconds. It is characterized by upper-body or whole-body discomfort, pale face, ringing in the ears, blurred vision, fast heartbeat, nausea, cold sweating, and excessive yawning.
The syncope stage is characterized by dizziness, chest congestion, nausea and desire to vomit, cold
A 37-year-old male patient had pain in the stomach and upper abdominal area and asked for acupuncture treatment. During the third session, both kidney areas were needled. The next day the patient felt pain and swelling in the right lumbar area and exhibited fever. Peripheral nephritis was diagnosed. Antibiotics were injected, and both fever and swelling were reduced. A week later, the patient experienced fever, lower back pain, and frequent urination. Nephrography revealed that the right kidney had shifted toward the lower right position. Kidney puncture was performed, and 200 mL of old blood was withdrawn. Two days later, the swelling reappeared. Surgical exploration revealed about 100 mL of blood under the kidney-covering capsule, a bloody swelling the size of a walnut on the upper kidney, and a horizontal cut about 6 cm wide and 1 cm deep on the posterior surface of the kidney. The kidney surface showed viscous necrosis. The kidney and surrounding tissues were surgically removed.
and flaccid limbs, loss of consciousness, blue lips and nails, profuse sweating, crossed eyes, incontinence of urine and solid waste, drop in blood pressure, and reduction of pulse rate to 40 to 50 per minute. A few patients exhibit seizure-like symptoms.
In the postsyncope stage, patients feel exhausted and sleepy and exhibit excessive sweating.
Some patients experience the syncope stage without presyncope; in mild cases, patients experience only presyncope and postsyncope stages.
Treatment involves lowering the head and raising the feet (as is done for patients in shock) and then needling the tips of the thumb, index, and middle fingers.
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