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Supraventricular tachycardia in infancy and childhood. Pediatr Ann 2014 Nov;43(11):456-60

Date

11/05/2014

Pubmed ID

25369576

DOI

10.3928/00904481-20141022-13

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-84924995829   15 Citations

Abstract

Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is the most common arrhythmia in the pediatric population. Despite its commonality, presentation of SVT can be nonspecific and varies based upon age with infants demonstrating fussiness or irritability and older children reporting vague perceptions of tachycardia or palpitations. Furthermore, SVT may manifest as self-limited paroxysms or with prolonged runs of SVT with subsequent development of cardiac dysfunction, heart failure, and multiorgan shock. Clinicians must maintain high levels of suspicion for SVT given the potentially dire consequences of untreated SVT. When diagnosed, there are effective acute and chronic treatments for SVT, with potential for spontaneous resolution in many infants.

Author List

Spearman AD, Williams P

Author

Andrew Spearman MD Assistant Professor in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Anti-Arrhythmia Agents
Humans
Infant, Newborn
Male
Prognosis
Propranolol
Tachycardia, Supraventricular