Journal article

Torsade de pointes, acquired complete heart block and inappropriately long QT in childhood

G Gladman, AM Davis, R Fogelman, RM Hamilton, RM Gow

Canadian Journal of Cardiology | PULSUS GROUP INC | Published : 1996


After spontaneously acquiring complete heart block, two children presented with torsade de pointes as a result of inappropriate prolongation of the QT interval. Although both remain well following pacemaker insertion, their cases illustrate the importance of QT interval assessment in patients with atrioventricular block, and demonstrate that syncopal episodes, and possibly sudden death, in children with acquired heart block can be due to bradycardia-induced ventricular tachyarrhythmias, rather than extreme bradycardia per se.