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January 1932

PAROXYSMAL TACHYCARDIA IN CHILDREN: REPORT OF FOUR CASES AND ONE POSTMORTEM EXAMINATION

Am J Dis Child. 1932;43(1):93-122. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1932.01950010100011
Abstract

The occurrence of paroxysmal tachycardia in infancy and childhood has been considered extremely rare. In recent years the number of such case reports has been definitely increasing. Willius and Amberg,1 in 1929, gathered twenty-five cases from the literature including a case of their own. In 1930, Essig2 added ten cases to that number. Van Cleve3 recently reported a case in an infant. The four reports in this paper bring the number of instances of paroxysmal tachycardia in children in the literature up to forty. This increasing number of case reports is due probably to the more general use of the electrocardiogram in the clinic and to the greater interest in cardiovascular diseases. We feel that paroxysmal tachycardia in children is more common than the dearth of the literature would lead us to believe. Many instances of this disorder have undoubtedly been overlooked because of the mildness of

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