Supraventricular tachyarrhythmias, congenital heart disease, and sudden cardiac death

Michael Silka, Jack Kron, John McAnulty

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The etiologies of sudden cardiac death following the surgical treatment of congenital heart defects remain uncertain. A young patient with prior repair of partial anomalous plumonary venous return is presented, in whom brief episodes of a supraventricular tachyarrhythmia (rate 170/min) were documented to result in ventricular fibrillation. This unusual sequence may represent a basis for unexplained sudden cardiac death in other patients following atrial surgical procedures for the treatment of congenital heart disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)116-118
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Cardiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • Congenital heart disease
  • Sudden death
  • Supraventricular tachycardia
  • Ventricular fibrillation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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