Using social media to diagnose Superior Vena Cava Syndrome

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Here, we report a case of a patient who turned to social media when she had recurrent syncope and facial swelling” Charbonniez et al (2018).

Abstract:

Social media is becoming increasingly popular among the public. In 2017, Facebook had 2.2 Billion monthly active users [1]. Applications of social media in healthcare are growing. This includes utilization of social media in disaster preparedness, disease support forums, and research recruitment [2-5]. There has been limited research evaluating patients utilizing social media and crowdsourcing to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of their medical conditions [6]. Here, we report a case of a patient who turned to social media when she had recurrent syncope and facial swelling.



Reference:

Charbonniez, P., Tager, A., Kwei, L. and Gustafson, M.L. (2018) The social media diagnosis of Superior Vena Cava Syndrome: A case report. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine. June 27th. .

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2018.06.063

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