Title

Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia as the Etiology of Emergency Medical Services-Reported Traumatic Arrest

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1-2018

Publication Title

Pediatric Emergency Care

Volume

34

Issue

11

First page number:

E219

Last page number:

E222

Abstract

A 13-year-old girl had a witnessed loss of consciousness after a scuffle with another student at school and was found in ventricular fibrillation at the time of arrival of emergency medical services personnel. The patient was successfully defibrillated in the field and was transported to the emergency department as a presumed “traumatic arrest”. The patient's initial electrocardiogram was remarkable for a prolonged QT interval, and it was discovered that multiple family members had died of cardiac events as young adults. Genetic testing subsequently revealed a mutation in the RYR2 gene, which is implicated in catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia.

Keywords

Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia; Familial polymorphic ventricular tachycardia; Pediatric syncope; Pediatric cardiac arrest; Sudden cardiac death

Disciplines

Pediatrics

Language

English

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