Yonsei Med J.  2013 May;54(3):590-595. 10.3349/ymj.2013.54.3.590.

Usefulness of an Implantable Loop Recorder in Patients with Syncope of an Unknown Cause

  • 1Department of Medicine, Samsung Changwon Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Changwon, Korea.
  • 2Department of Medicine, Cardiac and Vascular Center, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. juneskim@skku.edu
  • 3Department of Pediatrics, Cardiac and Vascular Center, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


The mechanisms underlying syncope remain unknown in about 20% of patients with recurrent syncope. The implantable loop recorder (ILR) has been shown to be a useful diagnostic tool in patients with unexplained syncope even after negative initial evaluations. Nevertheless, ILR has rarely been used in clinical practice.
This study included 18 consecutive patients who had an ILR implanted at our center because of recurrent unexplained syncope after extensive diagnostic tests between February 2006 and June 2011.
Diagnosis was confirmed in 10 (55.6%) of the 18 enrolled patients (13 males, 61+/-15 years). The confirmed diagnoses included sick sinus syndrome (n=6, 60%), advanced atrioventricular block (n=2, 20%) and ventricular tachyarrhythmia (n=2, 20%). The mean follow-up durations of the total study subjects and the diagnosed patients were 11.3+/-10.6 months and 5.6+/-9.2 months, respectively. Of the 10 diagnosed patients, 8 (80%) were diagnosed within 6 months of loop recorder implantation.
ILR may be a valuable and effective diagnostic tool for patients with unexplained syncope.


Implantable loop recorder; syncope

MeSH Terms

Middle Aged
Monitoring, Physiologic/instrumentation/methods


  • Fig. 1 The proportion of finally diagnosed arrhythmias by ILR. SSS, sick sinus syndrome; AVB, atrio-ventricular block; VT, ventricular tachycardia; VF, ventricular fibrillation; ILR, implantable loop recorder.

  • Fig. 2 Cumulative diagnostic yields of arrhythmic causes of syncope after ILR implantation. ILR, implantable loop recorder.


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