Pediatric Syncope/Dysautonomia Clinic (Pediatric Dizziness, Fainting, POTS Clinic)
Pediatric Specialty Clinics, 2nd floor, American Family Children's Hospital
Pediatric Syncope/Dysautonomia Clinic (Pediatric Dizziness, Fainting, POTS Clinic) at American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, evaluates and treats children and teenagers with fainting (syncope), dizziness and POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome).
Exercise Plan (pdf)
About Our Services
- Conditions evaluated and treated in this clinic: Fainting (syncope; all types), dizziness, orthostatic intolerance, POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome), autonomic dysfunction or dysautonomia, orthostatic hypotension. Patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) are also followed in this clinic if they have signs of dizziness and/or autonomic dysfunction.
- Patients with POTS, chronic dizziness or frequent fainting usually do not have life-threatening conditions, but symptoms can be life-altering. These conditions often require close monitoring and follow-up with the goal of having the patient feeling well enough to return to normal activities. Our clinic provides these services.
- If patients are found to need other specialists, our clinic, along with the patient's primary care provider, will place referrals as needed. Many POTS patients may benefit from seeing other specialists, such as in the GI (gastrointestinal) Clinic, Headache Clinic (Neurology), Pain Clinic, Genetics Clinic (if concerns of a connective tissue disease), Health Psychology and Physical Therapy (PT).
Meet Our Provider
Erin Marriott, APNP
|Erin received her master's in nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Her special interests include children and teenagers with congenital heart disease, abnormal cholesterol, obesity, fainting, POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) and muscular dystrophy. She has started a clinic to diagnose and treat patients who faint or have postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). Erin also treats patients with EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome). She is a member of the American Autonomic Society. View Erin's Complete Bio|
- Patients will be initially seen by a medical assistant or nursing assistant for vital signs and heart rate and blood pressure checks.
- Patients may receive an electrocardiogram
- An evaluation of medical history and an examination will determine if patients require further testing, including echocardiogram, exercise stress testing, and Holter monitor testing
- Tilt table testing is rarely used for children or adolescents with dizziness and fainting but may be considered. Our staff will discuss with you the benefits and drawbacks to a tilt table test.
- Health Facts for You: Neurocardiogenic Syncope/Vasovagal Syncope (Fainting)
- Kids Health: Fainting
- Dysautonomia International
- POTS/Dysautonomia Treatment Plan (pdf)
- Exercise Plan (pdf)