November 1966

Ventricular Tachycardia in Infancy

Author Affiliations

From the departments of cardiology (Maj Anthony and Lt Col Czarnecki) and pediatrics (Capt Stuart and Lt Col Plunket), Letterman General Hospital, and the University of California School of Medicine (Lt Col Czarnecki), San Francisco. Maj Anthony is now at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle. Capt Stuart is with the US Army Hospital, Bad Canstatt, APO New York; Lt Col Plunket is at Fitzsimons General Hospital, Denver, and Lt Col Czarnecki is at the US Army Hospital in Heidelburg, Germany.

Am J Dis Child. 1966;112(5):469-475. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1966.02090140141016

VENTRICULAR tachycardia in infancy and childhood is rare. Review of the English literature for the past 35 years discloses only 25 examples in patients under 15 years of age. Only three of these occurred in the first year of life. This report concerns a case of ventricular tachycardia in an infant with cyanotic congenital heart disease and successful treatment of the problem with procainamide and diphenylhydantoin.

Report of a Case  A white female infant, was admitted to the Pediatric Service at age 3 months with severe lethargy, marked cyanosis, and respiratory distress.The patient was born prematurely at another hospital after a six-month gestation. Birth weight was 1,134 gm (2½ lbs). She remained in the Newborn Nursery for approximately two months with several episodes of apnea during the first two weeks of life. A cardiac murmur was discovered at 2 days of age and evaluation at the time suggested the

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