Cardiospasm in infancy and in childhood has been regarded, until recently, as a comparatively rare disease. Thirty-four of 691 consecutive cases recently reviewed by Moersch1 at the Mayo Clinic occurred in children under 14 years of age, and 3 occurred during the first year of life. Messeloff and his associates2 found eleven more cases in the literature, the youngest of these patients being 2 months. In several of these patients the histories suggested the possibility of the presence of cardiospasm within a few days or weeks after birth. With the exception of one patient seen by Chevalier Jackson,3 we have found no reports of the occurrence of this disease in the new-born infant. Two cases seen by us within a short time suggest that its occurrence may be less rare than is commonly supposed.
REPORT OF CASES
Case 1.—P. S., a girl, was born on June 14,
SEGAR LH, STOEFFLER W. CARDIOSPASM IN THE NEW-BORN INFANT. Am J Dis Child. 1930;39(2):354-358. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01930140116013