Seizures, syncope, or breath-holding presenting to the pediatric neurologist--when is the etiology a life-threatening arrhythmia?

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Using case reports from their own experience and in the literature the authors illustrate the difficulty in distinguishing non-life threatening causes, including epilepsy, from a serious cardiac arrythmia when evaluating children with paroxysmal events. Focusing on long QT syndrome, they suggest an approach for the pediatric neurologist that utilizes the electrocardiogram recorded during the electroencephalogram--direct measurement of the corrected QT interval. This approach requires knowledge of the distribution of the corrected QT interval in long QT syndrome.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Allan, WC; Gospe, SM

Published Date

  • March 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 2 - 9

PubMed ID

  • 15929459

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1071-9091

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.spen.2004.11.004


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States