Cardiomyopathy and the Use of Implanted Cardio‐Defibrillators in Children

SHARON J. KAMINER, ARTHUR S. PICKOFF, ANN DUNNIGAN, RICHARD STERBA, GRACE S. WOLFF

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Abstract

Children and adults with Cardiomyopathy and ventricular dysrhythmias have a uniformly poor prognosis, despite medical therapy. The use of automatic implantable cardio‐defibrillators in adult patients with medically resistant ventricular dysrhythmias has resulted in a positive impact on survival. Because of its size and former Jack of programmability, the device has been used rarely in children. Four patients with Cardiomyopathy, in whom refractory ventricular dysrhythmias were managed with automatic implantable cardio‐defibrillators, are presented. Two of these children are the youngest and smallest known in whom the device has been used; one of them received the first programmable model. The use of the automatic implantable cardio‐defibrillator may enhance survival in selected young patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)593-597
Number of pages5
JournalPacing and Clinical Electrophysiology
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1990

Keywords

  • Cardiomyopathy in childhood
  • automatic implantable cardio‐defibrillator
  • ventricular dysrhythmias

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