CONGENITAL heart block is rare, as evidenced by the number of cases reported in the literature. Jaleski and Morrison,1 in their article on congenital heart block, reported that only 80 cases had been described prior to 1942.
Yater2 set forth certain criteria for the diagnosis of congenital heart block. These criteria are as follows: (1) The presence of heart block must be established in a young patient by graphic methods; (2) there must be some evidence of a slow pulse at a fairly early age, and (3) there must be no history of any infection which might cause the condition after birth, such as diphtheria, rheumatic fever, chorea or congenital syphilis. Yater also stated that the presence of signs of congenital heart disease, although not essential, adds weight to the congenital origin of the disease.
REPORT OF CASE
J. C. M., a white boy, was born at Grady
DICKSON RW, JONES JP. CONGENITAL HEART BLOCK IN AN INFANT WITH ASSOCIATED MULTIPLE CONGENITAL CARDIAC MALFORMATIONS. Am J Dis Child. 1948;75(1):81-84. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1948.02030020088009