December 1974

Symptomatic Disorders of Cardiac Conduction in Childhood Leukemia

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh. Dr. Habel is now with the Department of Child Life and Health, Edinburgh University.

Am J Dis Child. 1974;128(6):841-843. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110310089018

Two children suffering from leukemia developed cardiac arrhythmias severe enough to produce symptoms. Extensive leukemic infiltration led to heart block in one patient and palliative radiotherapy was beneficial. Episodes of severe bradycardia, due to increased vagal tone, occurred in the other child. Drug interaction was the likely cause.